Stephanie Stokamer

Director of the Center for Civic Engagement
UC Box 
Pacific Hall 109 (Forest Grove)


EdD, Educational Leadership / Postsecondary, 2011, Dissertation: Pedagogical Catalysts of Civic Competence: The Development of a Critical Epistemological Model for Community-Based Learning, Portland State University, Portland, OR

MS, Teaching Social Sciences/Sociology, 2005, Portland State University, Portland, OR

MS, Educational Policy, Foundations, & Administrative Studies / Adult Learning, 2004, Portland State University, Portland, OR

B.S., Psychology, 1997, Colby College, Waterville, ME


Grants and Fellowships

AmeriCorps Mentor Program Coordinator (AmeriCorps position grant), Oregon State Service Corps / American Red Cross, 2013-2014

TARGET grant co-recipient ($6,500 Teaching Advancement and Research Grant in Educational Technology), Pacific University, 2013

Language in Motion grant ($36,000, 3-year program grant), Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, 2013

Faith Gablenick grant ($875, Pacific Day of Service), Pacific University

AmeriCorps Mentor Program Coordinator (AmeriCorps position grant), Oregon Campus Compact, 2012

AmeriCorps Students in Service Department Grant ($1,132 each for 10 students serving in the community), Oregon Campus Compact, 2010

Academic Innovation Mini-Grant: Converting A Course to Hybrid Format ($1500 faculty development grant), PSU, 2010

National Service Fellowship ($25,000 research grant, principal investigator), The Corporation for National Service, 1998-1999



Dissertation Research Award, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, 2011

Doctoral Commendation Award, Portland State University, 2011

Hands On Greater Portland Volunteer Award, Hands On Greater Portland, 2009

Part-time Faculty Award, Clackamas Community College, 2007

Instructor of the Year, Everest College, 2004

Kappa Delta Pi, Portland State University Graduate School of Education, 2004

Employee of the Year, Everest College, 2002

Summa Cum Laude, Colby College, 1997

Phi Beta Kappa, Colby College, 1997

Psi Chi, Colby College, 1996-1997

Dean’s List, Colby College, 1994-1997


Refereed Publications and Achievements

Stokamer, S., (2013, March). "Pedagogical catalysts of civic competence: The Development of a critical epistemological model for community-based learning." Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 17(1), 113-122.

Cress, C.M., Stokamer, S.T., Van Cleave, T.J., & Edwin, C. (2013, 2nd Edition). "Global and immersive service-learning: What you need to know as you go." In C.M. Cress, P.J. Collier, & V.L. Reitenauer (Eds.), Learning Through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Across Academic Disciplines and Cultural Communities. Sterling, VA: Stylus

Stokamer, S., Hall, J., & Morgan, T. (2014). "Institutional networks and ISL at the graduate level." In P. Green & M. Johnson (Eds.), Crossing Boundaries: Tension and Transformation in International Service-Learning. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Stokamer, S. (2011). "Modeling citizenship: The nexus of knowledge and skill." In C. Cress & Donahue D. (Eds.), Democratic Dilemmas of Teaching Service-Learning: Curricular Strategies for Success. Sterling, VA: Stylus.


Non-refereed Publications and Achievements

Cress, C.M., Stokamer, S.T., & Kaufman, J.P. (2015). Community partner guide to campus collaborations: Strategies for enhancing your community as a co-educator. Sterling, VA: Stylus. 

Cress, C., Stokamer, S., Drummond Hays, S. (2010). "Youth-to-college: Three-year outcomes." San Francisco: California Campus Compact.

Blackman, S. (1998). "Recruiting Male Volunteers: A Guide Based on Exploratory Research." Washington, DC: The Corporation for National Service. (published under maiden name)


Other Research and Creative Achievements

Consultant, International Air & Hospitality Academy, 2011

Consultant, International Partnership for Service-Learning & Leadership, 2010

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Website Coordinator, 2007-present

Service-learning Research Consultant, California Campus Compact, 2009-2010

Civics in the City: A Place-Conscious Examination of Service-Learning and Civic Development, PSU, 2010

The Crossroads of Service-learning and Civic Skills: Developing Active Citizens for Democracy and Social Justice, PSU, 2008

Mission Not Accomplished: Putting the Civic Mission of Postsecondary Education into Practice, PSU, 2008

Strategies for Civic Success: Civic Education in Vocational Training, PSU, 2003

Strategies for Success: On-line Course Component Developed in WebCT, PSU, 2003

Service-learning at Community Colleges: Giving Life to the Mission of Serving Community, PSU, 2003

Health Issues and Adult Learners: Supported Education in a Vocational Setting, PSU, 2003

Effects of Self-Assessment among Vocational Training Program Students, PSU, 2002

Motivating Adult Learners, PSU, 2002



Cress, C., Stokamer, S., & Kaufman, J. Community partner strategies for becoming a co-educator with colleges in leveraging community change. Accepted pre-conference session, Continuums of Service Conference, April, 2015.

Johns, J., Stokamer, S., Burns, H., Seiter, S., Reid, D., & Kelley, S. Using campus farms to engage students in experiential learning. Accepted presentation. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. October, 2014.

Ilea, R., Johnson, B., & Stokamer, S. Environmental sustainability and civic engagement.  Presentation given at the International Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment, June 15, 2013.

Stokamer, S., Christoph, N., Gray, V., Ilea, R., Summers, K., & Ujakovich-Gometz, M. Advancing civic engagement through academic requirements and campus culture. Presentation given at the Continuums of Service Conference, April 26, 2013.

Stokamer, S., Johnson, B., Ilea, R., Vaisburd, E., & Hardacker, J. Sustainability through civic engagement in the humanities. Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference, February 1, 2013. 

Stokamer, S. "Pedagogical catalysts of service-learning for civic competence." Presentation given at the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference on November 3, 2011.

Stokamer, S. "Teaching civic competence through service-learning."  Featured presentation given at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility: A Twenty-First-Century Imperative Conference, October 13, 2011.

Burns, H., &  Stokamer, S. "Cultivating student leaders through service-learning." Presentation given at the Oregon Women in Higher Education Annual Conference on January 28, 2011.

Stokamer, S., Coolidge, M., & Tichenor, M. "Enduring Campus/Community Partnerships: Building mutually-beneficial and sustainable collaboration in the face of change." Presentation given at the Western Regional Campus Compact Continuums of Service Conference, April 1, 2010.

Burns, H., Fitzmaurice, C., Stokamer, S., & Bluehorse, J. "Growing more than food: Service-learning partnerships at PSU’s Learning Gardens Laboratory."  Presentation given at the Western Regional  Campus Compact Continuums of Service Conference, April 1, 2010.


Invited Presentations

Civic Engagement Beyond AmeriCorps: Creating Change One Step at a Time, AmeriCorps Partnership for Student Achievement in-service presentation, Forest Grove, OR, 2011-2014 

Cornell Estates Encore Celebration, keynote speaker, Hillsboro, OR, 2013

Progress in the Face of Fear, “Burst of Brilliance” keynote presentation given at the Continuums of Service Conference, Portland, OR, 2013

Service-Learning Theory, Research, and Trends, AmeriCorps*VISTA in-service, Portland, OR, 2013

Educating Global Citizens in the 21st Century (panel), City Club of Portland, Portland, OR, 2012

"Service-Learning Theory, Research, and Trends," AmeriCorps*VISTA In-service, Portland, Ore., 2011

"Service-Learning Project Development," AmeriCorps Kickoff, Portland, Ore.,  2011

"Challenging Our Assumptions: Exploring International Partnership Practices," International Institute on Partnerships (panel), Portland, Ore., 2011

"Panel of Leaders," Open Meadow High School, 2011

"Service-Learning: What and Why?" Northeast China High School Chinese Teacher program, PSU, 2011

"Internationally Focused Graduate Programs Panel," NW Returnees Conference, Portland, Ore., 2011

"Reflection in Service," Volunteer Leader Training, Hands On Greater Portland, 2011

"High Impact Practices Service-Learning Panel," Teaching Talks Conference, PSU, 2010

"Using Technology to Support Community-Based Learning," Focus on Faculty, PSU, 2010

Capstone Faculty Retreat, PSU, 2010

"Service-Learning Site Tour," King Faisal University (Saudi Arabia) faculty development program, PSU, 2010

"Service-Learning Faculty Panel," King Faisal University faculty development program, PSU, 2010

"Leadership and International Service," National Sustainability Education Week, PSU, 2009

"Exploring the History and Current State of Women’s Civic Participation," Faculty Favorites Lecture Series, PSU Women’s Resource Center, 2009

"Service and Lifelong Learning," Hillsboro Kiwanis scholarship award ceremony, 2009