2011 Lynton Award Finalists

NERCHE is pleased to recognize seven finalists for the 2011 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.  These finalists were selected from an impressive pool of nominees, who are pushing the boundaries of community-engaged teaching, research/creative activity, and service in fundamentally new directions.

The recipient of the Award will be announced in late July, 2011, and the Award will be presented at the 17th Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), which will be held from October 9-11, 2011, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Lynton Award Finalists

Anderson_photo1Sean Anderson
Environmental Science & Resource Management
California State University, Channel Islands

Dr. Sean Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Resource Management at California State University, Channel Islands.  His pedagogy emphasizes community service, including a course wherein students travel to New Orleans to examine drivers of wetland loss and policy failures, conduct environmental impact assessments, rebuild homes, and install community gardens.  Dr. Anderson's research spans restoring degraded ecosystems, improving coastal zone management, and the scholarship of teaching.  His ecological restoration projects across California, Louisiana, and eastern Turkey usually focus on wetland or riparian systems.  His coastal management efforts include quantifying the effects of roads on mobile animals, evaluating the sustainability of consumer seafood options, and assessing the impact of pollutants on marine and estuarine systems.  He created and now co-leads the NCEAS National Working Group on the Ecotoxicology of the Gulf Oil Spill, the only independent national body investigating the long-term ecological consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  He received a B.A.in Ecology and Evolution, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and earned a Ph.D. in Organismic Biology, Ecology, and Evolution from the University of California, Los Angeles.




Malo André Hutson
City and Regional Planning
University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Malo Hutson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California at Berkeley. His research focuses on community development, regional planning, urban sustainability, and population health. In addition, Dr. Hutson focuses on urban policy and politics and the role of institutions in influencing urban and regional development.  Prior to joining the faculty at Berkeley, Dr. Hutson was a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.  He earned a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s of City Planning in Regional and Economic Development from the University of California at Berkeley, and received his doctorate in urban and regional planning from the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the housing, community, and economic development group. 



Jacobus_photoMichelle Vazquez Jacobus
Social and Behavioral Sciences
University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College

Dr. Michelle Vazquez Jacobus is an Assistant Professor within both the Social and Behavioral Sciences and Leadership and Organizational Studies programs at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College, where, through 2010, she was also the Coordinator of Community Service-Learning. Drawing from a range of experiences as a lawyer and social worker, Dr. Vazquez Jacobus focuses her work on community engagement and capacity building, particularly through promoting diversity and building community among marginalized and disempowered communities.  She founded and directs USM LAC’s mentoring program, the Lewiston Youth Empowerment Program, and she is also a founding member of the Downtown Education Collaborative (DEC), the higher education community engagement collaborative through which Local Food for Lewiston is working to improve access to healthy, culturally appropriate food. In collaboration with Sandcastle Clinical and Educational Services, she directed the interdisciplinary Building Castles Together program, which uses art and culture to build relationships and resiliency. Dr. Vazquez Jacobus has collaboratively authored several articles exploring USM’s engagement with the community, including pieces focusing on local immigrant populations; collaborative multi-disciplinary projects; and the importance of community engagement on student success, higher education, and social justice.  She earned her B.A from Duke University; her J.D. from Stanford Law School, and her M.S.W. from New York University.



Jenkins_photoToby Jenkins
New Century College and Higher Education
George Mason University

Dr. Toby Jenkins is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Integrative Studies at George Mason University. Her research and professional interests focus on culture as a politic of social survival; the utility of community-based knowledge production as a transformative educational tool; and the cultural arts as a tool of social resistance.  Prior to George Mason, Dr. Jenkins spent five years at Penn State University implementing a bold strategic vision for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. Jenkins has also worked at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she both conducted research assessment of community outreach programs and created cultural outreach programs within Washington, D.C., and Prince Georges County Maryland. Her past professional experience as well as her individual research projects and studies have taken her to Senegal, Greece, Spain, Norway, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, Russia, Belgium, Turkey, South Africa, England, Costa Rica, St. Kitts, Jamaica, and Trinidad. She earned a BA in Public Relations from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina; a Masters in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland; and a Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy from Penn State University.



Lambert-Pennington smKatherine Lambert-Pennington
University of Memphis

Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Memphis. Her teaching, research, and community engagement focus on identity, social inequality, power, community building, and social justice in Australia and the United States. Her long-term fieldwork in Australia centers on the ways urban Indigenous people negotiate and produce their identity, sense of community, and culture in relationship to Indigenous policy and public expectations. Dr. Lambert-Pennington is part of a multi-disciplinary research team currently working in two Memphis neighborhoods on participatory action projects focused on the dynamics of power, inequality, and resident involvement in neighborhood redevelopment processes. These collaborations bring university faculty and students together with community stakeholders, primarily residents and local institutional leaders, to produce redevelopment plans for these neighborhoods that are driven by local voices and visions. The scholarly work that emerges from these projects explores what happens when marginalized groups talk back to city government and developers, and examines how participatory action research (PAR) can create avenues for cultural critique and the development of empirically based, community derived solutions. Dr. Lambert-Pennington received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Miami University; her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee; and her Ph.D. in Anthropology and a certificate in African and African American Studies from Duke University in 2005.



Pfeil_photoMargaret Pfeil
Ethics and Moral Theology
University of Notre Dame

Dr. Margaret R. Pfeil is an Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Notre Dame and a Faculty Fellow of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies.  Dr. Pfeil’s interaction with the field of theological ethics entails a deep engagement with the “data of experience,” highlighted by four overlapping spheres: her work with the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker House, a community of live-in staff and homeless men and women who share income as well as meals and household chores, in the rhythm of daily life; her outreach within the broader local community of South Bend, Indiana; her participation in Bridgefolk, an ecumenical, national dialogue process between Mennonites and Roman Catholics that seeks to build peace; and her affiliation with the academic community of Notre Dame, which provides a framework for scholarly conversation and opportunities to share research across disciplines. Her articles have appeared in Theological Studies, Louvain Studies, Horizons, The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, Josephinum Journal of Theology, The Journal for Peace & Justice Studies, New Theology Review, and the Mennonite Quarterly Review. She is currently finishing a book, Social Sin: Social Reconciliation?  Dr. Pfeil is a co-founder and resident of St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker House in South Bend, Indiana. After obtaining a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, she earned an M.T.S. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and a Ph.D. from Notre Dame.



Swords_photoAlicia Claire Singer Swords
Ithaca College

Dr. Alicia Swords is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Ithaca College. Her teaching engages students with social change initiatives locally, nationally and internationally.  She leads an international study program in the Dominican Republic, co-planned with Justicia Global, a grassroots organization.  She also co-leads poverty immersion programs in New York State with the Poverty Initiative.  In collaboration with the Tompkins County Workers Center, Dr. Swords co-created the Service Learning for Social Justice Project, a network of faculty and students engaged in community-based learning.  Some of these students, with Ithaca College workers and community members, recently won a living-wage campaign for dining service workers.  In and beyond the classroom, the voices and experiences of poor and working people are at the core of her curriculum.  Dr. Swords’ research and publications reveal her commitment to doing political education and reflecting on it; for instance, she examines movement-centered consciousness-raising through global service-learning in a recent article in the Journal of Community Practice. Her book, with Ron Mize, Consuming Mexican Labor: From the Bracero Program to NAFTA gives a hemispheric perspective on immigration and development policies.  Dr. Swords is committed to bringing values of social justice movements to a more central position in higher education.  She received her B.A. in Politics and Environmental Studies from Oberlin College, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.


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