Mary Beckman, Ph.D.

Associate Director; Community-Based Research and Impact Director; Director Academic Community Engagement (DACE)
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Mary Beckman is the director of community-based research and impact and director of academic community engagement. She directs a program in community-based research that offers grants to teams of faculty, community partners, and students to conduct research on issues of local concern. An economist and faculty member, Mary co-developed the University’s Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and has co-directed and taught in the program. She oversees a number of Center initiatives and, generally, helps guide the evolving academic vision for the Center.

Mary was a tenured faculty member at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania for many years where, in addition to her teaching and scholarship, she directed a first-year seminar writing program, developed with a colleague the college’s writing across the curriculum program, led the creation of a Latin American studies minor, and participated on most major college committees, including tenure and promotion. She came to Notre Dame in 2001 to assume the position of associate director of the Center.

Her publications can be found in journals including Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Review of Radical Political Economics, Women's Studies Quarterly, and in books, for example, Handbook of Engaged Scholarship: The Contemporary Landscape. Volume Two (2010) and Teaching the “isms”: Feminist pedagogy across the disciplines (2010). The focus of her research and writing currently is on the impact of academic community engagement in communities.

Publications & Presentations


Beckman, M. (2014). The option for the poor and community-based education. In D. Groody & G. Gutierrez (Eds.), The preferential option for the poor beyond theology: An interdisciplinary reader. Notre Dame, IN: The University Of Notre Dame Press.

Stoecker, R., & Beckman, M. (2014). Making higher education community engagement matter in the community. In J. Laker, C. Naval, & K. Mrnjaus (Eds.), Citizenship, democracy and higher education in Europe, Canada and the U.S. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


Beckman, M., & Long, J. (2013). Beyond tomorrow: Charting a long-term course toward community impact in local public education. In H. E. Fitzgerald & J. Primavera (Eds.), Going public: Civic and community engagement, the scholarship of practice. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

Beckman, M., & Caponigro, J. (2013, October). Public affairs meets the academy: STEM and the schools.  In Transforming and sustaining communities through partnerships. Presented at Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Louisville, KY.

Beckman, M. (2013, October 3). Social impact in the for impact organization. Discussion panel participant at Irish Impact Social Entrepreneurship Conference 2013, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN


Beckman, M. & Frabutt, J. (2012, October 3). University-Wide Strategic Planning to Enhance Community Engagement: People, Process, and Tensions. Presented at the 13th Annual Outreach Scholarship Conference at the University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Beckman, M. (2012, October 19). Toward Impact in Communities. Presented at Science Shop Conference at Loyola University, Center for Urban Research and Learning. Chicago, Illinois.


Beckman, M., Penney, N., & Pfeil, M. (2011, November). Getting to outcomes: The dance between communities and Universities. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Chicago, IL.

Beckman, M. & Penney, N. (2011, October). Creating a framework for maximizing the impact of community based projectsPresented at the National Outreach Scholarship Conference in East Lansing, MI.

Beckman, M., Penney, N., & Pfeil, M. (2011, September). Community impact 101. Presented at the Indiana Campus Compact Regional Conference in Notre Dame, IN.

Beckman, M. (2011, April 1). Framework for Evaluating the Impact in Communities of Community-based Research and Related University Community Efforts. Presented at the Indiana Campus Compact Summit. Indianapolis, IN.

Beckman, M., Penney, N., & Cockburn, B. (2011). Maximize the impact of community-based research. Journal for Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 15(2), 83-104.

Beckman, M. & Stoecker, R. (2011, May 11). A Community Development Model for Higher Education Community Engagement. Presented at the CuExpo 2011 Community-University Partnerships: Bringing Global Perspectives to Local Action. Waterloo, Canada.


Beckman, M. & Pigza, J. (2010, January). Community-Based Research (CBR): A Vital Curriculum for Faculty, Students, and Communities. Presented at the annual meeting of Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.

Beckman, M. (2010). From connection to disconnection: Crossing over into the worlds of homelessness.  In D. Byrd, E. Nixon-Cobb, M. Beckman, L. McMahon, B. Seetch & A. Smith (Eds.)Teaching the isms: Feminist pedagogy across the disciplines. Towson, MD: Institute for Teaching and Research on Women, Towson University.

Stoecker, R., & Beckman, M. (2010). Making Higher Education Civic Engagement Matter in the Community.

Stoecker, R., Beckman, M., & Min, B. (2010).  Evaluating the community impact of higher education community engagement.  In H.E. Fitzgerald, C. Burack & S. Seifer (Eds.) Handbook of engaged scholarship: The contemporary landscape. Volume Two: Community-Campus partnerships. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.


Beckman, M., & Stoecker, R. (2009, April). Enhancing Community Impact. Presented at Learn and Serve America: Higher Education; National Community-Based Research Networking Initiative, Princeton, NJ.

Beckman, M., Hensel, N., Lucero, C., & Randall, N.(2009, October). Defining Undergraduate Research: Carnegie Academy SOTL Institutional Leadership Program. Presented at the sixth annual Conference of The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

(in press)

Beckman, M., & Joyce, L. (Eds.), (in press). The teaching and practice of community-based research for community impact. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Beckman, M., & Wood, D. (in press). The role of community-based research in achieving community impact.  In M. Beckman & J. Long (Eds.), The teaching and practice of community-based research for community impact. Sterling, VA: Stylus.