Executive Director of the Center for Civic Engagement
After receiving her bachelor's degree in English from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, Nuala participated in an AmeriCorps volunteer program in Portland, Oregon working at a shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence and/or homelessness. After her year of service, Nuala obtained her master's degree in religious studies from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Prior to coming to Nazareth, Nuala worked as the director of community service and volunteerism at Stonehill College, where she was responsible for facilitating service-learning partnerships between faculty and community organizations, counseling students interested in pursuing community service after graduation, and bridging the campus to the external community through integral roles in area not-for-profits. During her time in higher education, Nuala has achieved many accomplishments such as increasing the number of seniors applying to year of service programs by 300 percent and developing a 4-year civic engagement plan for students to transition from volunteerism into the realm of social action and social change.
Within the Center for Civic Engagement at Nazareth, Nuala's responsibilities include, among others, coordinating civic engagement programs and projects that emphasize and assess student learning outcomes, attaining funding through grants, donors, and corporate sponsors, and building and sustaining constructive working relationships with community organizations. In particular, Nuala facilitates Nazareth's partnership with the Jewish Senior Life campus, the annual Woerner Kollmorgen Award Ceremony and Luncheon, as well as the College's application to various grant and award programs.
Nuala is also an active member in New York Campus Compact (NYCC) and has a leadership role in NYCC's Advisory Board. She recently joined the National Society of Experiential Education (NSEE) and is thrilled to co-chair the Northeast Region of NSEE and have a lead role within NSEE's Experiential Education Academy Members Committee.
Community/University Partnership Project (CUPP)
Prior to Nazareth, Kaitlyn graduated with a BA in Advertising from Mercyhurst College in 2006. From there she moved to Washington D.C. and worked in the advertising industry and non-profit sector. After volunteering to coach a U-9 girls soccer team for two years, Kaitlyn knew she wanted to make a difference in children’s lives so she decided to become a teacher. Originally from Rochester, NY, Nazareth was an easy choice for her to make.
Kaitlyn is looking forward to contributing to the Center for Civic Engagement team and growing the CUPP Academy Series!
Center for Service Learning
Dr. Marie Watkins
Director of the Center for Service Learning
Since 2001, Dr. Watkins has served as Nazareth College’s Director for the Center of Service Learning. In 2005, she co-authored the book “From Community to Classroom to Career: Service-Learning.” In addition to her scholarship, Dr. Watkins consults with higher education institutions and agencies related to the process of institutionalizing service-learning on college campuses, K-12 school settings and not for profit organizations.
Dr. Watkins’s primary practice expertise is in the areas of strengthening organizational capacity within youth development agencies; building youth-adult partnerships with youth who reside in urban settings; the creation of culturally competent youth services with a special emphasis on gender equity; and establishing and sustaining service-learning partnerships between institutions of higher education and community-based agencies.
Dr. Watkins earned a Masters Degree in Social Work, a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Doctorate in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.
Department of Community Service
Director for Community Service
In his role as the Director for Community Service, Adam coordinates volunteer partnerships and placements, the Partners for Learning Program, The Orientation Day of Service, college volunteer fairs, and the Leeds Metropolitan Nazareth College International Service Exchange among other programs.
Adam is a member of the Multicultural Affairs Committee, MS Walk and Heart Walk planning teams, staff advisor for the Rotaract Club, and the Community Representative for the Nazareth Human Subjects Research Review Committee.
Adam coauthored a chapter with Dr, Jonathan Raskin entitled The Construction of Disorder as Human Enterprise, appearing in In J. Raskin & R. Neimeyer (Eds.), Constructions of Disorder. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press. Adam regularly presents on community engagement, social entrepreneurship, and volunteer services.
Program Specialist for Community Service
Following her undergraduate work, Julie spent two years in AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC). Post NCCC, Julie worked for environmental education organizations and an adventure travel company specializing in trips for middle school and high school students.
It was in NCCC where Julie realized she truly loved working with the 18-24 year old population and therefore ended up pursuing and receiving a Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo in 2006. Julie joined the Community Service Department at Naz in 2007.
With the help of her outstanding graduate and undergraduate student workers, Julie coordinates Partners for Serving, the Community Service Floor at Naz, and Homework Help at Naz, as well as co-coordinates the SOAR Floor with Residence Life staff.
Professional Internship Program
Director of Internships
CCE Work Study Students
Learn About Sara Scott
Sara Scott is a junior at Nazareth College and is pursuing a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy. Sara is also a work study student for the Center for Civic Engagement whose main focus is on developing a sustained infrastructure to record and assess student engagement. Sara also assists the CCE Team and the Civic Engagement Task Force with other projects.
Learn About Christine Dorward
Christine Dorward is from Lockport, NY, and is currently a freshman at Naz. She is a work study student at the Center for Civic Engagement, specifically as a Walk Specialist. She chose this job because she loves participating in and helping to organize walks. She is an Undeclared major who is looking forward to a great year and many successful walks!
Learn About Katherine Durr
Katherine Durr is the director of the Jewish Senior Life Project and is a physical therapy major here at Nazareth College. She is a work study student and she hopes to continue her studies successfully into the future.