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Amanda Barrett Wittman

Role

Amanda Wittman is an associate director, community-engaged curricula and strategy. Her primary work is to support faculty who are interested in community-engaged teaching and research. She also works with students and staff who find their way to the Office of Engagement Initiatives looking for a place where they can consider changing the world in positive ways.

Background

Amanda received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in political science and international relations. Her research questions examine the (im)probabilities of radical change agendas in institutions, with applications in higher education and institutions of politics. She has a long history with practices of the feminist classroom, but she found her way to service-learning and community engagement when she served with Americorps VISTA after she completed her PhD. She learned the ropes of faculty development at Northeastern University and brings to Cornell her experience as the director of academic and strategic initiatives with Campus Compact, a national nonprofit that supports service-learning and engagement at 1,100 campuses across the nation.

Research

Amanda’s current research investigates the creation of “engaged learning economies” that align community and economic engagement in community-campus partnerships focused on impact. She is also working with a colleague to develop a single case study of engagement growth at the community-college level. She has a strong interest in measurement, assessment, and program evaluation.

Engagement

Amanda served on the Board of AmericaSCORES Boston, a nonprofit dedicated to using soccer and poetry to inspire Boston youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. She also supported local agriculture and food justice through Union Square Main Streets and the Union Square Farmer’s Market in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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