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Faculty, Community, and Graduate Student Fellows


Faculty Fellows link their disciplinary or multidisciplinary expertise with the Center’s mission. To this end, they will be assisting the Center to bring community-based learning and scholarship, civic participation, and Catholic social thought into university departments and programs.

Community Fellows are professionals in the local community whose expertise contributes to and enhances the body of knowledge within the academy.

Graduate Student Fellows work with Center faculty to advance their own community engagement and scholarship and that of the Center.


2015–2017 Faculty Fellow


Jay Brockman, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Engineering for Community

Engagement and Experiential Learning

Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

Jay Brockman has served on the steering committee of the University’s Community Engagement Coordinating Council (CECC) since its inception in 2011. Brockman has a long history of establishing courses that engage students in the local community, such as ESTS20202, where undergraduate students worked with area fifth graders to integrate the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEAMnd). Brockman is currently working to deepen involvement of undergraduate and graduate students in the Bowman Creek Neighborhood Restoration Project. In his role as Faculty Fellow, he will continue to work with Center faculty and staff on a number of initiatives. Of particular note, he and Alisa Zornig Gura, Center Science and Engineering Academic Community Engagement Program Manager, will continue to work together with campus and community partners to promote formal and informal community-engaged learning opportunities for Notre Dame students with a goal of integrating principles of Catholic social tradition and the practice of reflection into a cross-listed Engineering/Center for Social Concerns course. Professor Brockman is a cofounder of Emu Solutions, Inc., located at Innovation Park, which is commercializing technology developed by his research group in high performance computing.


2015–2017 Community Fellow


Waldo Mikels-Carrasco

Director of Community and Population

Health Development 

Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN)

In order to extend our connection in the community to critical public health issues, the Center for Social Concerns has invited Waldo Mikels-Carrasco to become a Community Fellow. As the director of Community and Population Health Development with the Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN), Waldo initiates research, develops coordination and program leadership for core regional population health initiatives, as well as coordinates and maintains the annual Population Management Strategic Plan for a regional health information exchange in northern Indiana. Prior to joining MHIN, Waldo served as the Community Health Research Program Manager at the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) at the University of Notre Dame and as the regional liaison for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute’s Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) in Northern Indiana.

Among many other roles, Waldo has served as an inaugural member of the Indiana Commission on Childhood Poverty, St. Joseph County (IN); a member of the Public Health Department's Health Improvement Alliance Steering Committee; and on the board of directors of both the Indiana and St. Joseph County Minority Health Coalitions. As Community Fellow, Waldo will connect with Danielle Wood, assistant director, community-based research and impact, and serve as the key contact in the community on critical local health issues.


2015–2016 Graduate Student Fellow


James Strasburg

Doctoral Candidate, Department of History

James Strasburg, a second year doctoral student in the Department of History, will join the Center of Social Concerns as a Graduate Fellow for the 2015–2016 academic year. James participated in the Center's 2014 Common Good Initiative Haiti immersion, is leading the 2015 L’Arche Community Social Concerns Seminar, and is pursuing the Center's Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship. Drawing from these experiences, he will help the Center strengthen its offerings in community engagement and professional development for graduate students and explore and assess theological reflection as a tool in the Center's pedagogy. James will also seek to connect the Department of History's undergraduate curriculum with the Center's mission by developing an oral, local, and public history workshop course that promotes engaged learning. As a Center Fellow, James will have access to a unique combination of faculty, pedagogy, and programming by which to test the incorporation of community-based and ethnographic methodologies into his research on world Christianity, migration, and medical missions. Recipient of several fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright research grant in Leipzig, Germany, James comes to Notre Dame after graduating from Valparaiso University (BA in history and theology), with Phi Beta Kappa membership, via a Master of Theological Studies degree from Duke University. He originally hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan.



Each year, the Center for Social Concerns invites two or more faculty members to be its Faculty Fellows. In general, the role of the Faculty Fellows is to link their disciplinary or multidisciplinary expertise with the Center’s mission. To this end, they will be assisting the Center to bring community-based learning and scholarship, civic participation, and Catholic social thought into university departments and programs. Fellow activities may take the form of the following, among others:

  • creating a new project, or further developing an ongoing one, in a department or college, that involves students, faculty, and/or community organizations in community-based learning (CBL) endeavors, community-based scholarship, or coalition building;
  • offering workshops or developing conferences in the Fellow's college or department or for a broader audience, on CBL or other subjects related to the Center's mission;
  • assisting to develop, presenting in, and/or teaching preparatory or follow-up courses for, or advising or reflecting with students in, Center Programs, such as the Summer Service Learning Program and the Urban Plunge;
  • working in the South Bend area, in locations across the U.S., or in developing countries in ways that foster the educational interests of the Center; and
  • conducting research relevant to the mission of the Center.

Fellows are paired with a program director to work jointly on the chosen projects. Alternatively, they might work exclusively with the Associate Director for Academic Affairs and Research (ADAAR). They are chosen for two-year periods, with renewal possible.

In addition to the above involvements, the Fellows will be asked to: meet a minimum of twice yearly with the ADAAR and other Center staff for the purposes of offering advice on Center activities typically related to the Faculty and information sharing; participate in post-Urban Plunge, International Summer Service Learning Program and domestic Summer Service Learning Program student reflections; and attend occasional events (staff meetings, dinners, etc.) at the Center. At the end of each year, each Fellow, in collaboration with the Center affiliate with whom he or she has been working, is asked to write up a description (one to two pages) of his or her efforts over the year and results.

As a small sign of appreciation for the Fellow's contributions to the Center mission, $500 will be given to each as income. The Fellow, in conjunction with the ADAAR or program director with whom he or she is working, may also make use of $2000 over the course of the two-year term toward his or her project. Likely uses of this money would be hiring student assistants, lunch meetings, books and other supplies, and conference attendance. The Fellows will be selected by the ADAAR, in consultation with the Center's Education Committee members and with input from appropriate program directors.


Previous Community and Faculty Fellows:

Community Fellow 2014–2016

Faculty Fellows 2013–2015

Faculty Fellows 2012–2014

Faculty Fellows 2011–2013

Faculty Fellows 2010–2012

Faculty Fellows 2009–2011

Faculty Fellows 2008–2010

Faculty Fellows 2007–2009

Faculty Fellows 2004–2006

Faculty Fellows 2004–2005


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