Associate Director for Community-Based Research & Experiential Learning
As Associate Director for Community-Based Research and Experiential Learning, Chris works with students, faculty and community organizations to forge connections between academic work and community engagement. In addition to developing new programming, Chris oversees Chicago Studies (a partnership with the College), including its intensive summer experiential learning programs such as MAPSCorps. Chris also supports the UCSC as a whole through his expertise in strategic program development, research, and evaluations.
Chris presents nationally on service-learning and civic engagement in higher education. He has taught and written on community service and leadership, and he has served as a consultant to numerous universities, secondary schools, and community-based organizations on effective collaboration through curricular and co-curricular service programs. Prior to joining the UCSC, he spent 6 years at Loyola University Chicago as the Service-Learning Program Manager in the Center for Experiential Learning, where he inaugurated the academic service-learning program that now annually engages more than 2,500 students, 450 nonprofits, and 120 faculty representing 28 departments. In addition to service-learning and civic engagement, Chris is a specialist in experiential learning pedagogy, course and curriculum development, and student leadership development. Before transitioning into higher education, he spent 15 years working in secondary education and positive youth development, including serving as the Community Service Director at Chicago's Cristo Rey Jesuit High School.
Chris received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and music from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and a Master’s in religious studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.