Community Engagement Administrator Conference (CEAC)

This conference, launched in 2003 as the Community Service and Service-Learning Directors Conference, is designed for faculty and staff who facilitate campus community engagement efforts. The name changed to CEAC in 2008. This event offers deep reflection about civic engagement work through presentations and workshops, facilitated discussions and networking. CEAC usually occurs in late spring/early summer. CEAC was on hiatus in 2011 and 2014.

2015 CEAC Highlights

On Thursday, May 28, forty community engagement professionals, representing 24 institutions in 5 states, assembled at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina. The day was facilitated by Dr. Patti Clayton, Dr. Sarah Stanlick, and Leslie Garvin. The agenda was framed around "Past: Present: Future." Individual reflection was imbedded throughout the day.  The goal was to reflect critically on our practice in the context of some of the central questions that have, do, and will shape community engagement.

Online Learning Community

The May 28 conference complemented an online learning community launched on May 18. Throughout the 10 day period, participants were assigned common readings related to working with students, faculty, and community partners.  The facilitators posted prompts/questions to promote dialogue and shared inquiry. During the conference participants decided to continue to utilize the Edmodo site as a learning community. 

Exploring the Past: Looking Back to Move Forward

The morning began with Patti and Sarah providing an overview of the history of community engagement in higher education. 

Living in the Present through Practice Analysis and Self-Reflection

Next Leslie used the framework outlined in Diving Deep in Community Engagement: A Model for Professional Development (McReynolds, M. & Shields, E, 2015, Iowa Campus Compact) which outines four primary roles that community and civic engagement administrators play: 1) Institutional strategic leader; 2) Organizational manager; 3) Community Innovator; and 4) Field Contributor.  In small groups, participants explored each of the four roles and discussed the competencies and skills required by each. 

During the second half of the "Present" component of the day participants selected two of three stakeholder areas: 1) Faculty, 2) Student, 3) Community Partner to explore more deeply drawing on the pre-readings and online discussion posts. Participants explored what was most relevant to their practice and explored concrete implications for their work

Forward Thinking: Looking to the Future

20 years ago Ed Zlotkowski called for the growth of service-learning as academic work. Patti and Sarah shared information related to a recently launched national project that will explore whether this call from Zlotkowski has been answered.  They also gathered feedback related to participant thoughts on future directions/priorities in the field. 


Patti H. Clayton

Patti Clayton is an Independent Consultant (PHC Ventures) with over fifteen years of experience as a practitioner-scholar and educational and organizational developer in community-campus engagement and experiential education. She serves as a Senior Scholar with the Center for Service and Learning at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and a Senior Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). She has consulted with over 100 higher education institutions and organizations in the US, Canada, and Ireland. She has facilitated institution-wide visioning and planning processes for community-campus engagement, supported campuses in applying for and leveraging the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, led inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional scholarly collaborations, and co-designed initiatives for engaged graduate and undergraduate education.

Patti co-developed with students and faculty a research-grounded critical reflection and assessment model (the DEAL Model), models for student leadership in service-learning, the SOFAR Model of Partnerships and TRES instrument for evaluating partnership quality, and a variety of other professional development and curriculum development processes related to community-campus engagement. She and her colleagues produced student and instructor versions of the tutorial Learning through Critical Reflection; she was co-editor with Bringle and Hatcher of the 2-volume set Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment; and she co-authored the Democratic Engagement White Paper with Saltmarsh and Hartley. A Board member of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), she serves as an Associate Editor with the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Learning in Higher Education, and was co-editor (with an international team of graduate students) of the IARSLCE annual conference Proceedings in 2011 and 2012. She has co-authored over 45 chapters, articles, and papers and co-facilitated over 175 conference sessions, many of them with undergraduate or graduate students. Her current work focuses on designing teaching and learning, partnerships, and scholarship in ways that position all participants as co-educators, co-learners, and co-generators of knowledge.

Sarah Stanlick

Sarah Stanlick is a PhD Candidate in the Learning Sciences and Technology program at Lehigh University's College of Education.  She also works as a Research Program Development Officer in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at Lehigh University leading projects in experiential, inquiry-based, and community-engaged learning, as well as the internal grants program to support faculty and student research.  She has presented research in various arenas including the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) annual meeting, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference, and Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE).

Previously, she worked for the Harvard Kennedy School as a Research Associate at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.  In addition to her undergraduate degree in International Affairs, Ms. Stanlick holds a Masters in Conflict and Coexistence from Brandeis University.  Her research interests include global citizenship, social justice, transformative learning, reflection, community-engaged learning, and technology.

Leslie A. Garvin

Leslie Garvin is the Executive Director of North Carolina Campus Compact, a network of 33 NC colleges and universities committed to the civic purposes of higher education.  Garvin joined the Compact as Associate Director in 2005, where she managed many of the network's key programs. She served as Program Director on three AmeriCorps grants that engaged hundreds of college students in community service; and she managed a 3-year grant to support MLK Day of Service activities on 180 campuses across the Southeast. She acted as lead coordinator for the Compact’s three major civic engagement conferences and bi-annual network meetings, which together attract nearly 700 participants each year.

Prior to joining the Compact, Garvin worked in the community development field throughout the St. Louis/Southern Illinois region. Leslie holds a Masters Degree in Social Work, with a concentration in social and economic development and a specialization in nonprofit management, from Washington University in St. Louis.

Year Location Topic/Name
2015 Bennett College for Women Diving Deep in Community Engagement
2013 High Point UniversityAlternative Service Experiences Institute
(see the Alternative Break Resources page here

East Carolina University
Queens University of Charlotte


Tracking and Measuring Community Engagement:  Articulating Methods that Align with Current and Future Institutional Goals 

(see the Monitoring and Measuring page here)

Thanks to our 2012 sponsors Noblehour and Lyon Software  

2010 Barton College2010 CEAC program booklet
2009 Davidson College2009 CEAC program booklet
2008 Embassy Suites Hotel Resort and Conference Center
(Concord, NC)
Closer to the Goal: Going Deeper in our Civic Engagement Efforts

Embassy Suites Hotel Resort and Conference Center
(Concord, NC)

2007 CSD-SLD program booklet
2006 Wake Forest University20/20 Visioning 
2005 Blue Ridge Assembly (Black Mountain, NC)2005 CSD-SLD program booklet
2004 Caraway Conference Center 
(Sophia, NC)
2004 CSD-SLD program booklet
2003 Carolina Inn
(Chapel Hill, NC)
Southeast Conference for
Community Service and Service
Learning Directors
(co-sponsored with Florida Campus Compact)