Dave Lassen, Ph.D.

Office Phone: 
(574)631-8017
Office Address: 
270 Geddes Hall
Director, Community-Engaged Learning Program

Dave Lassen serves as the Community-Engaged Learning Program Director at the Center for Social Concerns. He facilitates and promotes best practices in community-engaged research, teaching, and learning (CERTL) among both University and community partners to co-create equitable and sustainable community-university partnerships and impact. He creates and manages a variety of accessible resources and events to advance outstanding CERTL practices, including individual consultations with community and university actors. Lassen is also a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory, a widely-used cross-cultural tool to assess intercultural competence.

Lassen received a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include effective communication practices in community-university partnerships, the institutionalization of community-engaged research and learning in higher education, and enhancing civic engagement through community-university partnerships. In each aspect of his research, Lassen works to develop tools and resources that can be used to promote CERTL in campus and community settings. He has presented his work at a variety of conferences, including the annual meetings of the International Association for Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. His dissertation examines the nature and consequences of humor in congressional communication. His research interests in political science center on mass political learning and participation. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including the American Behavioral Scientist. Prior to joining the Center, Lassen held positions in community engagement at Oklahoma State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Upcoming Events

August 2021

19
Engaged Learning Forum | "Back to Normal" and Continuing to Grow
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 11:00am to 12:15pm
23
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00pm
23
Meet Me at the CSC!
Monday, August 23, 2021 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
24
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 4:00pm
25
Information Session | Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 - 4:00pm

September 2021

13
Application Close | Community Impact Grants
Monday, September 13, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm