Andrew Furco

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Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. Dr. Furco oversees the advancement and institutionalization of various forms of public engagement across the five campuses of the University. In addition to this role, he is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the Twin Cities campus, and is Director of the International Center for Research on Community Engagement, which investigates the impacts, implementation, and institutionalization of public engagement initiatives in primary, secondary, and higher education in the U.S. and abroad. His publications include the books Service-Learning: The Essence of the Pedagogy and Service-Learning Through A Multidisciplinary Lens (with S. Billig) as well as more than two dozen journal articles and book chapters, some of which have been translated into several languages including German, Spanish, and Catalan. He is the recipient of the 2003 International Award for Outstanding Contributions to Service-Learning Research and recipient of the National Society for Experiential Education's 2006 Researcher of the Year Award. He is a member of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Education and the Civic Engagement Network for Research One Universities. Prior to arriving to the University of Minnesota in January 2008, he worked for 13 years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and as the founding director of the International Center for Research on Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (established 1994).