Lina D. Dostilio, EdD

April 17, 2012

Name: Lina Dostilio
Title: Director, Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
Organization: Duquesne University
Phone: 412-396-5893
Address: Duquesne University, CETR, 600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA
Brief Biography:

Lina D Dostilio is the director of the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this capacity, she facilitates teaching and research collaborations that involve university stakeholders in public problem solving across an array of social and environmental issues. Under her leadership, Duquesne University’s approach to community engagement has evolved from the implementation of a service-learning requirement for undergraduates to a refined strategy of encouraging community-engaged teaching and research as a core priority of the University. Dostilio is part of the national dialogue about civic learning and community engagement. Dostilio is the Scholar in Residence directing the Campus Compact’s Project on the Community Engagement Professional, a national research project staffed by 19 research fellows across the nation. Dostilio is a team member of the Next Generation Engagement Project, a collaboration between the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, AASCU, and Imagining America. She was an invited member of the civic learning roundtable discussions held by the U.S. Department of Education that led to the National Task Force report entitled, “A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future.” In 2013, Dostilio garnered a competitive program grant from Bringing Theory to Practice (via the Association of American Colleges and Universities) to develop a programmatic model for civic learning at the undergraduate level. Dostilio also served as past-chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. She frequently consults with campuses that seek to institutionalize civic engagement and community-oriented teaching and research. Dostilio’s research interests include forms of democratic engagement and competency models for community engagement administration. Her doctorate is in educational leadership and she holds a certificate in qualitative research. She teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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