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Emily Eddins Rountree, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Primary office:
Strong Hall
Room 150


Emily Eddins Rountree, PhD (she her/hers) is the Associate Director for the Center for Service Learning. She focuses on community partner and faculty engagement with service and community-engaged initiatives across campus. Dr. Rountree came to us from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where she was charged with creating and developing ODU’s service-learning initiative as the first service-learning professional at the institution. She’s received several major grants to develop service-learning projects that address sea level rise, climate change, and conservation, one with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the other from Virginia Sea Grant. She also recently published an edited volume, entitled Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement: Exploring Intersections, Frameworks, and Models of Practice. Dr. Rountree received her PhD and MS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University. With a fellowship from the Center for Collaborative Conservation, she completed her research on international service-learning in rural Panama. She chooses to work in service-learning because of its complexity, global-local significance, and the belief that collaborative processes between universities and surrounding communities can enact real social and environmental change. She is thrilled to be serving as the Associate Director of the Center for Service Learning, and is looking forward to working closely with faculty, staff, students, and diverse community organizations to facilitate the integration of community-based opportunities into academic course curriculum across the university that address key community needs and issues.

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