Jay Brandenberger, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Graduate Student Initiatives; Director of Academic Community Engagement, CECC
Office Phone: 
574-631-7943
Office Address: 
207 Geddes Hall

Jay Brandenberger serves as the director for Research and Graduate Student Initiatives at the Center for Social Concerns, director of Academic Community Engagement, CECC, 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

2017

2017

Brandenberger, J. & Hudson, T. (2017, September). Engaged Learning and Practical Wisdom: Epistemological Foundations and Empirical Analyses. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, Galway, Ireland.

Brandenberger, J. W. (2017, January). Promoting Practical Wisdom in Youth Adulthood: Integrating Insights from Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience, and Engaged Learning. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, Oriel College, Oxford, UK. 

Shanahan, S., Brandenberger, J., Digiorgio, L., Franco, R., Bezbatchenko, A. (2017, February). Perilous times: Preparing students across sectors for civic, ethical, moral learning. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association of America Colleges and Universities, San Francisco.

Maas Weigert, K., and Brandenberger, J. (2017, March). Institutional commitment to Catholic Social Teaching—Explicit or implicit. Workshop presented at the national CST Soul of Development Conference, University of Notre Dame, IN.

Hudson, T., Diaz Pearson, A., Brandenberger, J. Shanahan, S., and Thompson, R. (2017, April). Moral and civic responsibility in college: Results of a Multi-Campus Study. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Hudson, T., Serra, S, Smith Shappell, A., & Brandenberger, J. W. (2017, August). Perspective transformation through college summer service learning immersion programs: Is learning enhanced by sustained engagement? Journal of College and Character, 18:3, 171-186, DOI: 10.1080/2194587X.2017.1338579. Link to online version.

Brigham, E., Maas Weigert, K., Rose, M., Prusak, B., Brandenberger, J., & Mack, H. (2017, August). Obstacles and Opportunities in Institutionalizing Mission. Presentation given at the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference, Seattle University.

Pasquesi, K., Bringle, R., Janke, E., Domagal-Goldman, J., Richard, D., & Brandenberger, J. (2017, September). Conducting Research on Service Learning and Student Civic Outcomes. Panel presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, Galway, Ireland.

2016

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.

Vinciguerra, A., Brandenberger, J. W., Green, P., Welch, M. Sterik-Barrett, M. Catholic social thought, engaged scholarship, and Catholic higher education. (2016, September). Presented at the annual conference of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, New Orleans.

Brandenberger, J. W., Hudson, T, Thompson, R., Shanahan, S. (2016, December). Moral and civic responsibility in college: Results of a Multi-Campus Study. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Association for Moral Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

Hill, P. L., Pasquesi, K., Bowman, N., and Brandenberger, J. W. (2016). Longitudinal Research and Student Civic Outcomes. In Hatcher, J. A., Bringle, R. G., & Hann, T. W. Research on Service Learning and Student Civic Outcomes: Conceptual Frameworks and Methods. Stylus Publishing, LLC, pp. 283-302.

2015

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

2014

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.

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.

2013

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

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

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

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

2009

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.

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.

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November 2018

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Lecture by Willam Galston
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Higgins Alumni Network Lecture
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December 2018

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Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
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Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
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January 2019

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Information Session: Spring 2019 Social Concerns Seminars
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March 2019

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Pre-Conference Workshop: Restorative Justice on Catholic Campuses
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
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2019 Catholic Social Tradition Conference
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Been & Seen Series
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Community Engagement Faculty Institute
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