Indiana Campus Compact Staff
J.R. Jamison has spent two decades connecting higher education and nonprofits through meaningful community engagement partnerships to strengthen their impact and better orchestrate their narratives as one. His work on embedding community engagement into campus culture has been adopted by more than 40 colleges and universities across the globe, and he has written and won over $7 million of grants to support such engagement efforts.
J.R. is the Executive Director of the Indiana Campus Compact where he works closely with the Board of Directors to oversee all aspects of the organization, including: staff leadership and direction, finances and development, new partnerships, and recruitment and retention of colleges and universities.
He also serves as an editor for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, on the Board of Governors for the Alexander M. Bracken Library, and as a co-chair for the 8th International Symposium on Service-Learning at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus).
In addition to his work in higher education, J.R. is a founder of The Facing Project, a national organization that creates a more understanding and empathetic world through stories that inspire action, and he co-hosts The Facing Project Radio Show on NPR.
J.R.’s writings have appeared in multiple academic journals and books, and he has been featured in outlets such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and Harlem World Magazine, among others. He developed the community engagement discussion guides for three books including the New York Times best seller, Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes (Wiley, 2012). Where Am I Wearing? has been adopted as a common read by over 150 colleges, universities, high schools, and libraries across the country.
J.R. has been named among M Magazine’s 20 Under 40 for the best and brightest in Indiana, and in 2014 he was recognized by the Indiana Student Affairs Association with the career achievement award, Inspiration to Create Monumental Opportunities.
Areas of Expertise:
Faculty reward systems, oral histories, public narratives and dialogue, scholarship of engagement, faculty culture and mentoring, institutional change
- Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, Ball State University
- Bachelor of Science in Cultural Geography and Creative Writing, Ball State University
- Principles & Techniques of Fundraising, The Fundraising School at the Lilly School of Philanthropy, Indiana University
- Fundamentals of Supervision & Leadership, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
- Federal Grant Administration, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, the State of Indiana.
Since joining Indiana Campus Compact in 2007 as the administrative assistant, Summer has shown exemplary growth, moving up to her current role as Senior Director and Chief Operating Officer. In her role, Summer directs the organization’s finances, administration, operations, and organizational data, and manages vendor relations, program logistics, and the Social Innovation Microloan Program. Summer also oversees the organization’s human resources and payroll.
- Master of Business Administration, Western Governors University
- Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Western Governors University
- Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration, Indiana Business College
- Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional (CNAP)
- Project Management
- Microsoft Project
In her spare time, Summer is an amateur Halloween costume and prop designer.
Laura Weaver, MS Ed, joined Indiana Campus Compact in January 2016 and is the Director of Professional Development and Engaged Learning, where she provides training on and support for the normalization of community engagement practices at 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.
Laura directly manages the following Indiana Campus Compact initiatives and enjoys discussing current and potential community engagement projects with faculty, students, and staff.
- Faculty Fellows learning community,
- Actualizing a Culture for Community Engagement initiative,
- Pen to Paper Writing Retreat,
- Colloquium on High Impact Community Engagement Practices,
- Indiana Campus Compact Funding Opportunities, and
- ICC Reads
Laura 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. Her current research focuses on the development of engaged faculty as they transition from an academic faculty member to a chief community engagement officer, and how this evolution can be influenced by individual positionality. Through her work on the dissemination of community engagement, Laura is continuously examining how faculty are rewarded for their engaged scholarship, and what types of products are recognized.
Prior to joining Indiana Campus Compact, she spent more than eight years overseeing the Center for Service Learning and Leadership at Purdue University North Central (now Purdue University Northwest) and spent several years working for a national nonprofit organization partnering with college students to build awareness and support for health care initiatives. Laura is currently working on her doctorate in Adult and Community Education from Ball State University. She earned her MS Ed from Northern Illinois University and a BS from Bradley University.
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