At this year’s Service Engagement Summit Awards Reception and Ceremony on March 29, 2012, Indiana Campus Compact will honor IUPUI Center for Service and Learning Executive Director Dr. Robert G. Bringle with the Indiana Campus Compact Legacy of Service award for his contributions to the success of Indiana Campus Compact and the field of community and service engagement. Dr. Bringle has been a part of the Indiana Campus Compact network since we opened our doors 19 years ago He, and colleagues Dean William Plater and Eugene Tempel, were part of the 1992 team who worked with the group of students starting what became the Indiana state office of Campus Compact. Dr. Bringle has been part of our work from the beginning and, through his work, has changed service engagement culture across the nation. As he retires from IUPUI this spring, Indiana Campus Compact invites you to help us honor and celebrate Dr. Bringle’s contributions to all of our work.
His scholarly interests for service learning, community service, and civic engagement include student and faculty attitudes and motives, educational outcomes, institutionalization, and assessment and measurement issues. He has also been involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs directed at talented undergraduate psychology majors, high school psychology teachers, first-year students, and the introductory psychology course. As a social psychologist, he is widely known for his research on relationships which he has applied to his research on campus and community partnerships and their impact on community engagement. In 2008, Dr. Bringle was recognized as one of the most prominent alumni scientists by his alma mater, Hanover College.
Dr. Bringle’s work as Executive Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning has resulted in numerous local, national, and international recognitions for IUPUI and the Center for Service and Learning as well as personal honors. Under his leadership, IUPUI was named as one of three winners nation-wide for the 2006 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and has been on the Honor Roll three additional times—including as a finalist for 2012. In 2006, IUPUI was one of 62 colleges and universities across the nation to be recognized by The Carnegie Foundation with its then new elective Classification for Community Engagement.
Dr. Bringle, a true leader, not only talks about service, he lives it. He was the Volunteer of the Year in 2001 for Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. For his scholarly journal articles, chapters, and books on service learning, Dr. Bringle was awarded the national Campus Compact Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning in 1998. He was recognized at the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement conference with the Distinguished Research Award in 2004. Throughout his career, Dr. Bringle has traveled the world and consulted with faculty, staff, and administrators in numerous countries about service learning and community engagement. In 2004 these efforts were recognized by The University of the Free State in South Africa, when he was awarded with an honorary doctorate for his scholarly work on civic engagement and service learning.
It is fitting as Indiana Campus Compact approaches its 20th anniversary next year, and reflects upon those who have helped this organization develop and be as strong as it is today, that we would recognize Bob with our first Legacy of Service Award. Indiana Campus Compact has grown dramatically over the years and regardless of who was at the helm, or how many campuses were members, Dr. Bringle has been a constant advisor to, advocate for, and supporter of Indiana Campus Compact and the fields of service learning and community engagement. He helped develop the Faculty Fellows, our longest running grant program, and was the Senior Fellow for the inaugural Faculty Fellows class in 1995. The Faculty Fellows program has supported over 100 faculty members across Indiana develop strong service learning and community engagement projects for their students on their campuses and colleagues in their respective disciplines. It was for this dedication and so much more that Dr. Bringle received the inaugural Brian Douglas Hiltunen Award for the Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement in 2000, and it is for his continued and unwavering dedication and support that we are honored to recognize him with Indiana Campus Compact’s inaugural Legacy of Service award.