The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) recently awarded Dr. Julie A. Hatcher with the Distinguished Career Recognition Award. Dr. Hatcher is Associate Professor, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and serves as the Executive Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning (CSL). This award recognizes one scholar annually whose research contributes significantly to understanding and advancing community engagement. Awardees must demonstrate sustained field building commitment on their own campus as well as through national or international initiatives.
“To receive this award is indeed an honor at this point in my academic career. Such recognition is due in large part to the campus culture of civic engagement that we have collectively developed over the past twenty-five years. There is no better place in higher education to study service learning and civic engagement than at IUPUI, Dr. Hatcher stated.”
Dr. Hatcher’s research agenda focuses on understanding and advancing the public purposes of higher education through civic engagement. She developed the Civic-Minded Professional Scale, and along with colleagues developed a variety of tools to measure the civic-minded graduate construct. To date more than 70 colleges and universities have requested information regarding the use of these tools to assess student civic learning. Additionally her work in reflection and service learning course design has contributed to her scholarship on teaching and learning across her career.
Julie is Co-Editor of the IUPUI Series on Research on Service Learning, along with Bob Bringle, and lead editor of the third book in the series, Research on Student Civic Outcomes (Stylus, 2016). She created the model for the IUPUI Research Academy that annually attracts and supports thirty scholars from across the country conducting research on community engagement. She also serves on the national advisory board for the Carnegie Elective Classification for Community Engagement, and Co-Chaired the campus successful Carnegie Reclassification in 2014. Julie served as the first Director of Undergraduate Programs in Philanthropic Studies, routinely teaches in the undergraduate program and serves on a variety of School and Campus-level committees.