Nicole C. Springer

Nicole C. Springer

Associate Director, Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement


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Nicole Springer is the associate director of the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (CSLCE). She began work with the CSLCE as a graduate assistant. Before graduate work at MSU, Nicole attended Concordia College, where she worked closely with the Office of Student Leadership and Service and later served with AmeriCorps VISTA in Moorhead, MN. At the CSLCE, Nicole is involved in research, faculty development, outcome evaluation, curriculum development and other activities related to the scholarship of engagement. Her current interests also include community engaged teaching and learning and the support of educators, students, and community partners as active participants in this process. Nicole has been a continuing contributor to Tools of Engagement, a web-based curriculum on community engaged learning. She is also the primary support for ten of the colleges within MSU.

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Recent Publications

Matthews, P., Doberneck, D. M., Karls, A., & Springer, N.C. (2015). Portfolio and certification programs in community engagement as professional development for graduate students: Lessons learned from two land-grant universities. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 19(1), 157- 184.

Duley, J.S., & Springer, N.C. (2013). Service learning and civic engagement as preparation for a life committed to working for the common good: The Michigan State University/Rust College student tutorial education project, 1965-1968. In H.E. Fitzgerald and J. Primavera (Eds.), Going public: Civic and community engagement (pp. 107-130). East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Recent Presentations

  • (November 2016)

    Community engaged teaching and learning

    Springer, N. C., & Zientek, R. (2016, November). Community engaged teaching and learning. Presentation at the Michigan Campus Compact Institute, Dearborn, MI.

  • (September 2016)

    What comes first? Process, structure, or culture

    Schichtel, C. L, Springer, N. C, & Zientek, R. (2016, September 26-28). What comes first? Process, structure, or culture. Presentation at the 16th annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, New Orleans, LA.

  • (January 2015)

    Working with diverse communities

    Springer, N. C., & Doberneck, D. M.

    Graduate Certification in Community Engagement, Michigan State University

    East Lansing, Michigan

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