is a nationally recognized expert in community-based research and including community partner voice. He is a Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, with an affiliate appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and an M.S. in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He conducts trainings and speaks frequently on community organizing and development, community-based participatory research/evaluation, and community information technology. He has led numerous participatory action research projects and empowerment evaluation processes with community development corporations, community organizing groups, community information technology programs, and other non-profits in North America and Australia. Randy has written extensively on community organizing and development and community-based research, including the books Defending Community (Temple University Press, 1994), Research Methods for Community Change (Sage Publications, 2005), Liberating Service Learning and the Rest of Higher Education Civic Engagement (Temple University Press, 2016) and the co-authored book Community-Based Research in Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2003).
Kerrissa (Kerri) Heffernan
has expertise in community-based learning course design. She is the Director of Faculty Engagement at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University and directs the Royce and Sport and Society Fellowships. Previously she was a senior associate in Integrating Service with Academic Study at Campus Compact and the Arnow-Weiler professor of liberal arts at Lasell College, director of the Center for Public Service and director of the Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life. She is the co-editor of The Practice of Change: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in Women's Studies, co-editor of The Introduction to Service-Learning Toolkit: Readings and Resources for Faculty, and author of Fundamentals of Service-Learning Course Construction. Her current projects include CSTEM, integrating community-based learning into STEM courses, an engaged pathway for Graduate Students and Engaged Sport, an attempt to better connect the academic and athletic houses.