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Lawrenceville Resident Elected Chair of IARSLCE

Dr. Lina Dostilio, director of academic community engagement at Duquesne University, was elected chairperson of the board of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) during its annual meeting held in Omaha, Neb.

The IARSLCE is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. As board chairperson, Dostilio is charged with stewarding the IARSLCE's mission and plans to focus on two priorities in the coming year-promoting leading edge scholarship and more fully realizing the international facet of the association's work.

As an administrator, Dostilio directs Duquesne's Academic Community Engagement Initiatives, which include the service-learning program, community-engaged scholarship projects and broad community-university partnerships that intersect with academic functions of the University. She also heads the University's 2014 self-study of community engagement that will be used to complete its application for the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification.

Dostilio's most recent work has been published in:

  • the Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education on the topic of civic learning through public scholarship
  • the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning in which she provides a concept review of reciprocity
  • Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: A Sourcebook in which she explores co-constructed risk management
  • Community Engagement in Higher Education: Policy Reforms and Practice which details the development of the University's service-learning program and community engaged scholarship initiatives. 

The IARSLCE's mission is to promote the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system. Its objectives are to advance the fields of service-learning and community engagement research across the educational spectrum (primary, secondary, post-secondary, and further education).

A faculty member in Duquesne's School of Education, Dostilio resides in Lawrenceville.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.