University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Associate Professor Lina Dostilio Writes New Book

Published on 4/6/2017 6:00:00 AM

Assistant Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Practice Lina Dostilio has written a new book, The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for An Emerging Field, which was the result of a national research project on the Community Engagement Professional on behalf of Campus Compact. Campus Compact is the largest higher education organization dedicated to civic purposes of post-secondary education, with roughly 1,200 president or chancellor members.

From the book description: "This book, offered by 'practitioner-scholars,' is an exploration and identification of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are central to supporting effective community engagement practices between higher education and communities. The discussion and review of these core competencies are framed within a broader context of the changing landscape of institutional community engagement and the emergence of the Community Engagement Professional as a facilitator of engaged teaching, research, and institutional partnerships distinct from other academic professionals.

This research, conducted as part of Campus Compact’s Project on the Community Engagement Professional, seeks to identify the shared knowledge and practices of Community Engagement Professionals by looking to empirical practice literature. Chapters include an exploration of competencies applicable to those in Community Engagement Professional roles generally, and also to those specializing in specific areas such as faculty development, partnership facilitation, and other areas of responsibility. The authors trace the evolution of engagement administration over time and the role of those facilitating community-campus engagement toward a “Second Generation” professional who is at once a “tempered radical, transformational leader, and social entrepreneur."

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