As I was transitioning into my new role as Director of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah just over 15 years ago, I was invited to attend a conference in Berkeley on the research conducted on service-learning.
It was one of my first forays into this new field and I recall being overwhelmed with important empirical information to validate this work. I also remember the authentic sense of shared enthusiasm and collegiality this rather small gathering exuded – it was unlike any other scholarly conference I had attended. Little did I know at the time that this was the seed of what would become the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement or IARSLCE!
I met and heard scholars such as John Saltmarsh and the conference host Andy Furco, as well as others who graciously answered my many questions. Little did I know at the time that I would be hosting that same gathering two years later in Salt Lake City and that I would be making a contribution to the field with my own book. The conference and association have come so far in these past 15 years. That spirit of sharing and collegiality I experienced in Berkeley continues today as we gather in New Orleans for the annual IARSLCE conference.
As a member of the IARSLCE board, I take great pride in the quality of the work presented at the conference and the amazing mentoring that well known scholars gladly provide to graduate students and new professionals. I look forward to seeing my colleagues at the conference, and hopefully at the Stylus table where my new book will be showcased.
Marshall will be signing copies of Engaging Higher Education at the Stylus table at IARSLCE in New Orleans.
Tuesday, Sept 27th
About the Author
Marshall Welch Ph.D., D.Min is the Assistant Vice Provost for Engagement at Saint Mary’s College of California. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) overseeing the service-learning and community engagement program at Saint Mary’s College. Before coming to Saint Mary’s College in 2007, Marshall was the Director of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah and a faculty member in the College of Education. He also hosted the third annual conference on service-learning research in 2003 and co-edited a book entitled, New Perspective in Service-Learning: Research to Advance the Field.
Learn more about Marshall Welch on his personal website, www.marshalljwelch.com.