Dr Nila Ginger HofmanDr Nila Ginger Hofman

Professor of Anthropology and Director of Community Service Studies, DePaul University.

Dr Hofman studies urban populations focusing specifically on the impact of changing political economies on the lives of women and people on the margins of society. Dr Hofman is the co-editor (together with Dr Rosing) of Pedagogies of Praxis: Course-Based Action Research in the Social Sciences (2007)which focuses on public interest partnerships between higher education institutions and local community-based organisations. She has also written about incorporating multidisciplinary community-based research initiatives as part of course-based research and service learning. Her latest interest includes bridging course-based community research with global engagement.

Dr Howard Rosing Dr Howard Rosing 

Executive Director of the Steans Center, DePaul University.

Dr Rosing supports Academic Service Learning, the Egan Office for Urban Education and Community Partnerships, and De Paul's partnership with the Asset-Based Community Development Institute.  Dr Rosing co-directs a study abroad service learning program in the Dominican Republic and teaches global learning experience courses in partnership with a university in Pune, India.  Dr Rosing is a cultural anthropologist whose scholarship on community engagement includes works on community-based research as pedagogy, student dissatisfaction with community-based learning, the impact of service learning on persistence and degree attainment, service learning and non-traditional students, and the role of universities in developing sustainable urban food systems.

Ben RocheMr Ben Roche

Vice President (Engagement), Southern Cross University.

Mr Roche has overarching responsibility for a suite of portfolios that focus on connecting the University's research and teaching strengths with the sustainable development needs of its communities. Mr Roche provides leadership and advice to drive engagement strategies and cultivate key relationships and networks to realise the University's strategic priorities whilst optimising mutual benefit, impact and exchange. 

Mr Roche is passionate about participatory approaches to sustainable development and the role that education and engagement can play in creating resilience, capacity and well-being in communities. A Carrick Citation recipient, Mr Roche has also received the Edith Cowan Authentic Learning Award from the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. He is the Immediate Past President of Engagement Australia.

Professor Sandra JonesProfessor Sandra Jones

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Engagement), Australian Catholic University.

Professor Jones provides leadership, advice and support for ACU's community engagement strategy, including curriculum-based and extra-curricular programs for students, community engagement opportunities for staff, and whole-of-university community partnerships.  Professor Jones also oversees ACU’s strategic frameworks that implement the new measurement of research engagement and impact and works with researchers to maximise the impact of their research on the community.

Professor Jones was previously the Director of ACU's Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR), a research centre focused on social marketing and community-based research. As an ARC Future Fellowship recipient, she worked with local communities on addressing social norms regarding underage drinking. Her academic career focused on the development, delivery and evaluation of programs and interventions in collaboration with communities; with over $10 million in research funding and more than 190 refereed journal articles. Prof Jones has also held numerous positions on boards, committees and advisory groups in the disability, health and welfare sector.

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