Connecting Campuses with Communities

Developing. Engaging. Exploring.

Indiana Campus Compact and the Center for Service and Learning invite you to attend the 2019 Connecting Campuses with Communities (CCC) conference.

Who should attend?

  • Scholars who are interested in enhancing their service-learning/community-based courses and advancing their research on service-learning and community engagement
  • Practitioners whose primary job is to support faculty development, and develop community-campus partnerships, and strengthen campus-wide community engagement efforts.

The week-long conference is a two-part event that focuses on building a network of scholars and practitioners and offers participants the opportunity to attend either the Service-Learning Institute or the Research Academy, or maximize their professional development by attending both.


The Service-Learning Institute includes three tracks:

  • Course Development Focused: ideal for those interested in gaining strategies to improve the quality of their community-engaged course(s);
  • Practitioner-Scholar Focused: ideal for community engagement professionals who specialize in providing  faculty development, working to build and nurture community-campus partnerships, and administrator campus-wide community engagement efforts; and
  • Dual Focused: ideal for those who are interested in gaining strategies to improve the quality of their community-engaged course(s) while at the same time are responsible for providing community-engaged faculty development, working to build and nurture community-campus partnerships, and administer campus-wide community engagement efforts. Participants in this track will engage in conversations that span both personal course development and how to support others throughout their institution.

Institute Objectives:

  • To increase the number of high quality community-engaged courses
  • To share promising practices and generate new ideas
  • To enhance reflection, assessment, and partnerships in community-engaged classes and co-curricular engagement activities
  • To build a network of engaged scholars and community engagement practitioners

Institute Topics:

  • Designing curriculum for well-integrated community-based learning experiences
  • Creating and assessing civic learning outcomes
  • Developing meaningful reflection activities
  • Collaborating with community partners as co-educators
  • Connecting your scholarship to your engagement activities
  • Supporting others in engagement pursuites

Conceptualizing. Designing. Networking

The IUPUI Research Academy is an interactive, summer workshop designed to develop skills, learn about methods and literature, develop a research project, and advance research related to service and learning in higher education. The Research Academy represents a growth point for research and scholarship focused on service-learning. The proceedings challenge participants to develop collaborations with fellow practitioners and researchers that will enhance their work and contribute to a collective understanding of service-learning.

Academy Objectives:

  • Strengthen research on service and learning
  • Advance the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Provide consultation and feedback on research proposals
  • Build a network of service-learning scholars

For more information on the Research Academy, please the Center for Service & Learning’s website.

Facilitators for the 2019 Connecting Campuses With Communities will be announced in March 2019. In the meantime, learn more about the expertise of our 2018 facilitators.

Dr. Patrick M. Green is the founding Director of the Center for Experiential Learning at Loyola University Chicago, which houses the service-learning, academic internship, undergraduate research, and learning portfolio programs. He also serves as a Clinical Instructor of Experiential Learning and teaches a variety of experiential learning courses, engaging students in service-learning, community-based research, international service-learning, internship experiences, and undergraduate research. Dr. Green received his BA in History and Literature form Loras College (Dubuque, IA), his MA in History at Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI), and his Doctorate in Education from Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL), specializing in leadership in higher education. Dr. Green focused his research on experiential education, specifically community-based learning. He is working on a co-edited volume around the intersections of faculty development and service-learning/community engagement (Stylus Publishing, 2018). In addition, he recently co-authored a chapter entitled Paving New Professional Pathways for Community-Engaged Scholarship in the newly published Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next-Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (Stylus Publishing, 2016).  His recently published edited volume focuses on international service-learning, entitled Crossing Boundaries: Tension and Transformation in International Service-Learning (Stylus Publishing, 2014). His research has led to multiple publications and his scholarship has led to numerous presentations at national conferences. Dr. Green serves as the Past Chair on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE) and as an Engaged Scholar with National Campus Compact.

Danielle Leek is the Director of Academic Innovation & Distance Education at Bunker Hill Community College (Boston, MA), and an instructor in the MA in communication program at Johns Hopkins University (Washington, D.C.). As a faculty member in Communication Studies, Danielle has over 12 years of experience teaching successful service-learning courses and training faculty to do the same. She has received the Michigan Campus Compact award for excellence in Service-Learning and was recognized as a Presidential Service-Learning Scholar by Grand Valley State University. Her publications and research focus on strategies for measuring and promoting civic learning in face-to-face and online college classrooms. Danielle holds a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Iowa, an MBA from Grand Valley State University, an MA in Communication also from the University of Iowa and a BS in Speech Communication from Eastern Michigan University.

Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer is Associate Professor and Interim Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) as well as the Director of PNW’s Center for Early Learning. Mary Jane has served young children and families for over 20 years as a kindergarten teacher, advocate, researcher, consultant and teacher educator, committed to high quality early learning and innovative teacher education at the local, state and national levels. The pedagogy of service-learning is central to her teaching and her research is focused on the scholarship of engagement, especially as it intersects with the field of early childhood education and community partnerships. With Indiana Campus Compact, Mary Jane has participated in the Faculty Fellows and twice served as Senior Fellow. Currently, she is a mentor for the Purdue University-system Scholarship of Engagement Fellows program. She was lead editor for the faculty workbook, Charting the Course for Service-Learning: From Curriculum Considerations to Advocacy and her work has been published in Young Children, the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, and Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: A Sourcebook (Sage). In 2015, she received the Indiana Campus Compact Brian Douglas Hiltunen Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Scholarship of Engagement. Mary Jane earned her Doctorate of Education from National-Louis University (Chicago, IL), her MS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University (Chicago, IL), and her BS in Speech-Language Pathology also from Northwestern University (Chicago, IL).

Mark Latta is the Director of the Writing Center, Instructor of English, and Public Literacy Coordinator at Marian University. His research and teaching interests focus primarily on the intersections of composition, critical public literacies, informal learning systems, critical service learning, and resistance narratives (particularly in how these narratives are embedded within localized geographies and sociolinguistic features).

Mark also directs CityWrite, a city-wide memoir project in Indianapolis that has collected the personal stories of over 1,100 people since 2012. He has edited and co-created five anthologies published through INwords and was honored to receive the Nuvo Cultural Vision Award (2008) and William H. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion (2012).

Mark is the current Senior Fellow for the Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows program and participated in the program as part of the 2016-2017 and 2014-2015 Fellowship Cohorts. His grant-funded ethnographies include I Am East 10th Street, a public art memoir installation relating the stories of those who live and work along east 10th Street; Magic #8 Bus, an examination of the influence of public transportation on transitory and personal narratives; and, No Mean Thing, a collection of street stories collected from CityWrite due out in late 2017.

Mark is a board member of the Indiana Teachers of Writing, a member of the Hoosier Writing Project, a National Writing Project Teaching Consultant, and has previously served on the Advisory Council for Indiana Campus Compact. He is also an active member of the International Writing Centers Association, American Education Research Association, the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Mark is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Urban Education at Indiana University and earned his MA in English from Indiana University.

Laura Weaver is the director of programs and member development at Indiana Campus Compact, where she provides training on and support for the institutionalization of community engagement practices at more than 42 institutions of higher education across Indiana. In this capacity, Laura assists faculty with their teaching and engaged research activities involving reciprocal community-campus partnerships and supports students in implementing an array of engagement activities. She directly manages the Faculty Fellows learning community, Student Social Innovation Microlending program, Engaged Campus Grant initiative, Pen to Paper Writing Retreat, and Connecting Campus with Communities Conference. Laura has served as a Research Fellow for the Campus Compact Project on the Community Engagement Professional and has published several articles related to her work on the institutionalization of community engagement. Prior to joining Indiana Campus Compact, she spent more than eight years overseeing the Center for Service Learning and Leadership at Purdue University Northwest, was the 2012 recipient of the Indiana Campus Compact Community Service Director Award, and spent several years working for a national nonprofit organization partnering with college students to build awareness and support for health care initiatives. Laura received her MS Ed from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) and a BS from Bradley University (Peoria, IL).

2018 Research Academy Featured Facilitators

Below are two featured facilitators for the 2018 Research Academy. To learn more about the Research Academy please contact Tom Hahn at tomhahn {at} iupui(.)edu.

Dr. Julie A. Hatcher, is executive director of the Center for Service and Learning and associate professor of philanthropic studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Julie serves as co-editor of the IUPUI Series on Service Learning Research (Stylus, 2011, 2013, 2017). Her research focuses on the role of higher education in civil society, civic learning outcomes in higher education, philanthropic studies as a new field of study, and the philanthropic motivations of professionals. She serves on the national advisory board for the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement elective classification. She participated on the development team of the Association of American Colleges and Universities VALUE Rubric for civic engagement as well as a new Civic Knowledge Rubric sponsored by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. Julie is the 2008 recipient of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement Dissertation of the Year award. Julie earned her PhD in philanthropic studies with a minor in higher education at Indiana University.

Dr. Patrick M. Green will also be a featured facilitator at the Research Academy. Read Patrick’s bio above.

2019 Connecting Campuses with Communities Tentative Schedule-At-A-Glance

This schedule is meant to be used for general planning, for more details, please contact either Laura Weaver at weaverla {at} iupui(.)edu or Tom Hahn at tomhahn {at} iupui(.)edu.

Download the 2018 Service-Learning Institute Agenda to see the sessions offered last year. It is important to note, that sessions offered at the Service-Learning Institute each year are adjusted to meet the identified goals of registered participants.

Service-Learning Institute

Monday  |  May 6, 2019
10:00 AM Institute Registration
11:00 AM Welcome
11:30 AM – 6:30 PM Institute Workshops
6:30 PM End of Day 1; Dinner on Your Own
Tuesday  |  May 7, 2019
8:00 AM Morning Welcome
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Institute Workshops
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:15 PM – 6:00 PM Institute Workshops
6:00 PM End of Day 2; Optional Group Dinner or Dinner on Your Own
Wednesday  |  May 8, 2019
8:00 AM Morning Welcome
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Institute Workshops
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Closing Remarks
12:00 PM End of Institute

*subject to change

Research Academy

Wednesday  |  May 8, 2019
12:00 PM Academy Registration
1:30 PM Welcome
1:00 PM – 6:30 PM Academy Workshops
6:30 PM End of Day 1
Thursday  |  May 9, 2019
8:00 AM Morning Welcome
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Academy Workshops
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:15 PM – 6:00 PM Academy Workshops
6:00 PM End of Day 2
Friday  |  May 10, 2019
8:00 AM Morning Welcome
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Academy Workshops
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Closing Remarks
12:30 PM End of Academy; Optional Group Lunch

*subject to change


All parts of the Connecting Campus with Communities Conference—the Service-Learning Institute and the Research Academy—will take place at the IUPUI Campus Center.

IUPUI Campus Center

420 University Blvd.

Indianapolis, IN 46202

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The IUPUI Campus Center is located at the corner of W Michigan Street and University Boulevard on the campus of IUPUI.


Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging during the Institute. There are several hotels located within a short distance from the IUPUI campus, with a few within walking distance. The following hotels are the closets to the IUPUI campus:


Meals are not provided during any part of the Connecting Campuses with Communities Conference. However, light refreshments are provided during specific break intervals on each day and a light continental breakfast is provided each morning. Indiana Campus Compact strives to accommodate a variety of dietary habits, but if you require specific dietary needs, please plan accordingly. Participants will have a 90 minute lunch break each day. A list of local restaurants will be provided. Additionally, Service-Learning Institute participants are invited to participate in an optional group dinner on Tuesday evening.

Traveling to IUPUI

  • By Air | The Indianapolis International Airport is located approximately 15 miles from the IUPUI Campus Center on I-70 E. The Airport is accessible via Indianapolis public transportation on the IndyGo’s Route 8 bus. Please visit IndyGo’s website for more information on this option. Information on other transportation options are available on the Airport’s website.
  • By Car |  The IUPUI Campus Center is located at 420 University Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46202. General driving directions to campus are available at the bottom IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions webpage. A campus map and parking information can also be obtained at this site. 


Participants driving to the Institute should park in the Vermont Street Garage located at 1004 W. Vermont Street. This garage is adjacent to the Campus Center and will allow participants to enter the Campus Center directly from the garage. Daily parking is $11 and is the responsibility of participants. Parking validations will not be provided.

Dress Code

The dress code for the Service-Learning Institute is business casual. We encourage participants to dress for their comfort level. It is also recommended that participants dress in layers as the weather in Indianapolis in May can be unpredictable.


Participants are encouraged to bring either a laptop computer or tablet with them to Connecting Campus with Communities. Session materials will be shared electronically in a secured cloud storage space throughout the Conference. WiFi internet will be available to all participants while they are on the IUPUI campus.