Dr 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
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.
Professor 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.
Dr Billy Osteen
Director of the Community Engagement Hub, University of Canterbury
Following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand, Dr Billy Osteen created a community engagement course, CHCH101: Rebuilding Christchurch, that in eight years has resulted in 1,000 students contributing over 30,000 hours to volunteering. To do so, Dr Osteen used his experiences with community engagement as a professor in the US, as a middle school creator and principal, and as a Peace Corps administrator. Throughout his 25-year career in education, Dr Osteen has researched and taught with immersive experiential education, which has led to significant external funding, numerous presentations and publications, his participation on the Board of Engagement Australia, and his appointment as the inaugural Associate Professor of Community Engagement and Director of the University of Canterbury Community Engagement Hub.