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Vol 3, No 1 (2012)

With this issue of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement you will notice some significant changes. We say thank you and farewell to several important partners who provided essential leadership in our first few years:


  • Technical editor Dr. Norman Clark at Appalachian State University who helped realize the vision of his faculty development initiative team to create a fully online, peer-reviewed journal that contributes to strengthening higher education partnerships and engagement;
  • Appalachian State University which hosted the journal since its inception in 2009, ensuring reader and write accessibility;
  • Dr. Beth Warner at Elon University who helped us make the transition between editors; and
  • Dr. Rebecca Dumlao at East Carolina University who served as the first Book Editor.


We are pleased to announce:


  • Our new editor is Dr. Spoma Jovanovic, Associate Professor in Communication Studies (Community, Ethics and Social Change) at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (UNCG). Spoma received NC Campus Compact’s 2012 Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award for her commitment to integrating service-learning into her curriculum, to training other faculty in service-learning, and to sustained, service that has impacted her community and profession.  Spoma will pursue the journal’s vision and engage increasing numbers of faculty and leaders in developing the journal.
  • Dr. Cathy Hamilton, Director of the Office of Leadership and Service-Learning at the
    University of North Carolina, Greensboro joins the editorial board as book editor.  A longtime supporter of the Compact, Cathy is well-networked and will ensure faculty and staff have opportunity to contribute to the journal, and that all readers will be introduced to the most recent and helpful publications promoting engagement partnerships.
  • UNCG is now hosting the journal on their website. We appreciate all the work of their technical team headed by Stephen Dew, Tim Bucknall, Richard Cox, and Kristen Ross in making this challenging transition.


North Carolina Campus Compact is committed to strengthening Partnerships and its contribution to the field.  Spoma will be at the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (IARSLCE) fall conference to share more about the journal – look for her there, September 23-25 in Baltimore, MD!  Do not hesitate to contact Spoma or me with your questions or ideas. We thank those who have submitted manuscripts, and hope you will share your research and practices that will inform and improve critical partnerships, connections, and collaborations to deepen impact. 

In this issue, you will read more about the partnerships our authors have engaged with for their service-learning programs. The articles showcase the impact of social justice-orientation in teacher training, the specific needs of the health profession service-learning curriculum, and reflections on  program management to understand how views of surpluses and deficits affect campus-community partnerships.

Looking forward to new Partnerships!
Lisa Keyne
Executive Director, NCCC


Table of Contents


Gina Carbonara Baugh, Mary K. Stamatakis
Noah Borrero, Jerusha Conner, Alex Mejia
Alison Klebanoff Cohen

Book Reviews

Joseph Berryhill


Editorial Assistant