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    Lawrenceville Resident Receives National IARSLCE Honor

    Dr. Lina Dostilio, director of academic community engagement at Duquesne University, has been recognized by the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), which presented her with its 2012 Dissertation Research Award.

    Dostilio, whose dissertation research focused on the roles and processes found within democratically engaged, community-university partnerships, accepted the award at the IARSLCE annual conference in Baltimore last month. In addition, she had the opportunity to present a paper on her dissertation research at the conference.

    "I am delighted that my work was chosen, because the competition for the 2012 dissertation research award was robust," said Dostilio.

    The IARSCLE includes researchers, students and practitioners among its membership that are committed to advancing research on service-learning and community engagement.

    "My dissertation does not address service-learning as a pedagogy, but does specifically investigate multi-sectoral partnerships in which universities are part of public problem solving," explained Dostilio. "This directly complements the work that I do as director of academic community engagement in which we foster broad community-university partnerships and community-engaged scholarship." 

    Dostilio resides in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.