Jay Brandenberger, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Research and Assessment
Office Phone: 
574-631-7943
Office Address: 
207 Geddes Hall
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Jay Brandenberger serves as the associate director for Research and Assessment at the Center for Social Concerns, and as concurrent associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Notre Dame. He directs research initiatives at the Center, working with colleagues to examine the developmental outcomes and best practices associated with Center courses and programs. He is the editor of the Center's Research Report Series, and facilitates ongoing longitudinal research focusing on the impacts of community engagement.

Brandenberger also coordinates—with Center colleagues—various academic initiatives at the Center, fostering partnerships with academic units on campus. He teaches interdisciplinary courses incorporating community-based learning and research. He is also a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives, and a past recipient of the Notre Dame Frank O'Malley Undergraduate Teaching Award.

His research interests include social cognition, moral and ethical theory/development, and assessment of student outcomes in higher education. He serves on the review boards of various journals, and has collaborated on national research initiatives examining means to enhance social responsibility, leadership, and moral development. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, and the Journal of College Student Development.

Brandenberger joined the Center and Notre Dame faculty in 1991 after earning his Ph.D. in educational and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a 1978 graduate of Notre Dame, with a B.A. in English. Prior to his work at the Center, Brandenberger helped to found Guadalupe Azlan school in Texas for children from Mexico, and taught at Waynesburg College (PA) and the University of Pittsburgh.


Publications & Presentations

2016

Thompson, R., Brandenberger, J. W., & Hudson, T. D. (2016, January). Higher education for civic and moral responsibility: Engaged learning and moral identity. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.

2015

Finley, A., Reason, R., & Brandenberger, J. W. (2015, January). High-impact practices and student flourishing: The evidence we have and the evidence we need. Invited presentation at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Brandenberger, J. W. (July 2015). A review of Moral Development: Theory and Applications, by E. Vozzola (NY: Routledge). In the Journal of Moral Education.

Brandenberger, J. W., & Bowman, N. A. (2015). Prosocial growth in college: Results of a national study. Journal of Moral Education

Brandenberger, J. W. (2015, November). Conceptions of poverty and positive justice: College students’ understanding of inequality and responsibility for social change. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Moral Education, in Santos, Brazil.

2014

Brandenberger, J. W. (2014, January). Summer Service Collaborative National Survey: Findings and Promising Practices. Presented at the national Summer Service Collaborative Bi-Annual Meeting, at Stanford University, CA.

Brandenberger, J. W. (2014, May). Practical Applications of Virtue Education. Presented at Virtue and its Development, a national symposium held at University of Notre Dame, IN.

Fabian, C., Brandenberger, J., Gray-Girton, A., & McReynolds, A. (2014, September). A multi-institutional study of student outcomes in summer service immersion programs: Preliminary findings from the Summer Service Collaborative. Presentation at the annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, New Orleans.

Reiff, J., & Brandenberger, J. (2014, September). Organizing your institution to embrace and support civic engagement. Preconference workshop presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, New Orleans.

Brandenberger, J. W., Lapsley, D., Bowman, N., Hill, P, & Stey, P. (2014, November). Civic engagement and diversity learning: Impacts on long-term well-being and purpose. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education, Pasadena, CA.

2013

Brandenberger, J. W. & Bowman, N. A. (2013, October). Prosocial Purpose and Higher Education. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Moral Education, at The Universite du Quebec in Montreal, Canada.

2012

Bowman, N. , & Brandenberger, J.W. (2012). Experiencing the unexpected: Toward a model of college diversity experiences and attitude change. Review of Higher Education, 35 (2), 179-205

Brandenberger, J. W. (2012, November). Engagement for what? Moral and ethical outcomes of community engagement in higher education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education, San Antonio, TX.

Brandenberger, J. W. (2012, October). Assessment/Research potentials in summer service learning. Presented at the national Summer Service Collaborative Bi-Annual Meeting, at the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.

Brandenberger, J.W. (2012). Investigating personal development outcomes in service learning: Theory and research. In P. H. Clayton, R. G. Bringle, & J. A. Hatcher (Eds.), Research on service learning: Conceptual frameworks and assessments (Vol. 2A). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.

Brandenberger, J. W., & Bowman, N. A. (2012). From faith to compassion? Reciprocal influences of spirituality, religious commitment, and prosocial development in college. In M. Mayhew and A. Bryant, Spirituality Enacted in Higher Education, Routledge. 

Lies. J. M., Bok, T., Brandenberger, J. W., & Trozzolo, T. A. (2012). The effects of off-campus service-learning on the moral reasoning of college students. Journal of Moral Education, 41(2), 189-199.

Bowman, N. A., & Brandenberger, J. W. (2012, November). The development of prosocial behaviors, attitudes, and self-perceptions in college. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV.

2011

Bowman, N., Brandenberger, J. W., Hill, P., & Lapsley, D. (2011). The long-term effects of college diversity experiences: Well-being and social concerns 13 years after graduation. Journal of College Student Development, 52 (6), 729-739.

Brandenberger, J. W., Frabutt, J., & Greene, S. (2011, October). Pervasive and deep: University structures and paradigms to enhance engagement. Presented at the 12th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Brandenberger, J. W. & Bowman, N. A. (2011, March). From Principle to Action? Developing Research Tools to Assess Catholic Social Teaching Efforts in Higher Education. Presented at Dear Brothers and Sisters Conference (on Catholic Social Teaching), University of Notre Dame, IN.

Brandenberger, J. W., Bowman, N. A., Lapsley, D. K., & Hill, P. L. (2011, February). College and moral purpose: Longitudinal impacts on well-being and engagement in young adulthood. Presented at the Institute on College Student Values, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Brandenberger, J. W. & Bowman, N. A. (2011, February). Prosocial development in college: Results of a national study. Presented at the Institute on College Student Values, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Hill, P., Jackson, J., Roberts, B., Lapsley, D., & Brandenberger, J. (2011). Change you can believe in: Changes in goal-setting during merging and young adulthood predict later adult well-being. Social Psychology and Personality Science.

2010

Bowman, N. , & Brandenberger, J.W. (2010). Quantitative assessment of service-learning outcomes: Is self-reported change an adequate proxy for longitudinal change? In J. Keshen, B. Holland, & B. Moely (Eds.) Advances in Service-Learning: Research for What? (Advances in Service-Learning Research Series, Vol. 10). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Bowman, N., Brandenberger, J.W., Hill, P., Lapsley, D., & Quaranto, J. (2010). Serving in college, flourishing in adulthood: Does community engagement during the college years predict adult well-being? Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being2, 14-34.

Bowman, N., Brandenberger, J.W., Mick, C., & Toms Smedley, C. (2010). Sustained immersion experiences and student orientations toward equality, justice, and social responsibility: The role of short-term service-learning. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 17(1), 20-31.

Hill, P., Burrow, A., Brandenberger, J.W., Lapsley, D., & Quaranto, J. (2010). Collegiate purpose orientations and well-being in adulthood. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. Available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2009.12.001

Smith Shappell, A., Tomas Morgan, R., Bowman, N. A., & Brandenberger, J. W. (2010, October). Social Justice Outcomes In Service-Learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Indianapolis, IN.

Bowman, N. A., Brandenberger, J. W., Hill, P. L., & Lapsley, D. K. (2010, May). How long do the effects of college diversity experiences last? Social concerns and well-being 13 years after graduation. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.

2009

Bowman, N., & Brandenberger, J., Hill, P., and Lapsley, D. (2009, October). Helping others and helping yourself: The role of undergraduate community engagement in promoting well-being in adulthood. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Ottawa, Ontario.

Brandenberger, J. W. (2009, November). Bringing Theory to Practice. Panel presentation at the National Symposium on Civic Engagement, Public Work, and Psychological Well-Being sponsored by Association for American Colleges and Universities,  Washington, DC.

Brandenberger, J.W., Lapsley, D., & Bowman, N. (2009, October). The development of moral purpose: A longitudinal study of the college experience and beyond. Presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Bowman, N., & Brandenberger, J. (2009, November). Experiencing the unexpected: Toward a model of college diversity experiences and attitude change. Presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Bowman, N., & Brandenberger, J. (2009, October). Quantitative assessment of community-based learning outcomes: Longitudinal versus self-reported gains. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Ottawa, Ontario.