On September 24th, 2012, Emily Janke, Special Assistant for Community Engagement in the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement (which is in the Office of Research & Economic Development) at UNC Greensboro, was awarded the Early Career Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) at the association’s annual conference in Baltimore, MD.
The Early Career Research Award recognizes outstanding early career contributions to scholarship on service-learning and community engagement. It is designed to encourage research that systematically addresses the exploration and understanding of the field. For the purpose of this award, “research” is broadly defined to include all paradigms of scholarly endeavor, with particular emphasis on empirically-based research. The recipient is expected to give an address at the annual research conference that relates to his/her research the year after receiving the award.
Emily facilitates campus and community conversations (from the local to international level) to identify how UNCG can enhance its ability to track and assess the impact of community engagement; to identify and access existing and new resources in support of this work; and to facilitate leadership, collaboration, resource sharing, grant development, and other activities. Emily is a Visiting Fellow with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) where she is collaboratively exploring issues related to civic engagement identities and practices among the next generation of students, faculty, and scholars in higher education. Her articles on public scholarship, graduate education programs, faculty motivation for public scholarship, and faculty-community partnerships have appeared in the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Advances in Service-Learning Research, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, and Higher Education in Review. She was the co-recipient of the 2008 IARSLCE Dissertation Award for her dissertation, Shared Partnership Identity between Faculty and Community Partners. In 2012 Emily won the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, an award established in 2011 by the American Democracy Project. She recieved her Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University.
[excerpt from her personal statement] – “I am compelled toward a scholarly and integrated approach because I have found that by generating shared meanings regarding the purposes and processes of engaged work it is possible to transform individuals, cultures, institutions, outcomes, and impacts.”