The Scholar-Administrator Imperative:

Developing scholarship and research through practice to build the community engagement field




scholar-administrator, experiential learning, community engagement, community engagement professional, practitioner scholar, scholar practitioner, community-based learning


Professional experiences in community engagement are often distinctly separated from educational theories and practices, yet the work of many community engagement professionals sits at the intersection of theory, practice, experience, and context. Intentionally and critically exploring this untapped third space offers an exploration into professional educational identity, practice, and scholarship. This exploration has indicated a gap between theory and practice and between professional experience and scholarship. Interrogating experience as a source of knowledge and recognizing the centrality of practice and context, this piece explores the scholar-administrator's potent role. Offering potential strategies for scholar-administrators to leverage their role through inquiry leading to scholarshiop, an inquiry framework is provided situating the need to fill the practice-theory gap as an imperative for the field.

Author Biography

Patrick M. Green, Loyola University Chicago

Patrick M. Green, EdD is the Executive Director (founding director) of the Center for Experiential Learning and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. He is coeditor of Crossing Boundaries: Tension and Transformation in International Service-Learning (Stylus Publishing, 2014) and Re-conceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement: Exploring Intersections and Models of Practice (Stylus Publishing, 2018). Dr. Green serves as an Engaged Scholar with National Campus Compact, a Scholar-in-Residence with the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE), and an Engaged Scholar with the National Society for Experiential Education.



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