Mary Beckman, Ph.D.

Associate Director; Community-Based Research and Impact Director; Director Academic Community Engagement (DACE)
Office Phone: 
574-631-4172
Office Address: 
203 Geddes Hall

 

Mary Beckman is associate director and director of Community-Based Research and Impact at the Center for Social Concerns and the University's Director of Academic Community Engagement (DACE). At the Center, formerly the associate director for Academic Affairs and Research, she currently directs a program in community-based research. As DACE, in conjunction with the University’s Community Engagement Coordinating Council, Mary facilitates the fulfillment of Notre Dame’s Community Engagement Strategic Plan. An economist and faculty member, Beckman co-developed the University’s Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and has co-directed and taught in the program.

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

Her publications can be found in a number of academic journals including Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Review of Radical Political Economics, and Women's Studies Quarterly, and in books, for example, the Handbook of Engaged Scholarship: The Contemporary Landscape. Volume Two (Michigan State University Press, 2010), and Citizenship, Democracy and Higher Education in Europe, Canada and the U.S. (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).  She co-edited Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact (Stylus), published in 2016. 


Publications & Presentations

2016

2016

Beckman, M. (2016). Community, reciprocity, and collaboration: Reflections on Catholic Social Teaching’s notions of subsidiarity and participation. University of Notre Dame: Center for Social Concerns.

Beckman, M., & Long, J. (Eds.), (2016). Community-based research: Teaching for community impact. Sterling, VA: Stylus.

Beckman, M., & Wood, D. (2016). The role of community-based research in achieving community impact. In M. Beckman & J. Long (Eds.), Community-based research: Teaching for community impact (pp.33-49). Sterling, VA: Stylus. 

Beckman, M., & Wood, D. (2016, June). Academic Community Engagement: Reading Patterns for Impact. Presented at the 17th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference, Omaha, NE.

2015

2015

Beckman, M., Gura, A., & Wood, D. (2015, October). Bowman Creek Signature Project. Presented at Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference, Louisville, KY. 

Beckman, M., & Wood, D. (2015, March). Promoting Justice in a Pluralistic World through Higher Education. Presented at Joy and Hope: Fiftieth Anniversary of Gaudium et Spes, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

2014

2014

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.

2013

2013

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., & 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.

2012

2012

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. & 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.

2011

2011

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.

2010

2010

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.

2009

2009

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)

(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.