Dr. Alan Bloomgarden (Ed.D. 2009) has received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), an international nonprofit membership organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. This award is given annually to one dissertation that advances research through rigorous and innovative inquiry. Bloomgarden’s dissertation is titled “Prestige Culture and Community-Based Faculty Work."
The organization’s criteria for dissertations considered for selection for the award include addressing important questions, developing robust theoretical or conceptual frameworks, demonstrating the use of rigorous data collection and analysis, showing compelling conclusions, and expanding on the study’s results to suggest important implications for theory/research on service learning and/or community engagement.
Dr. Bloomgarden is currently the coordinator of the Community-Based Learning Program in the Weissman Center for Leadership at Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass. He resides in Florence, Mass.