Dr. Cress, PhD, is a professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department and a professor of Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education (PACE) at Portland State University. She developed a master’s degree specialization and graduate certificate in Service-Learning and Community Engagement and initiated a graduate-level service-learning program with Lady Doak College and social service organizations in Madurai, India.
Dr. Cress earned her PhD in higher educational and organizational change from the University of California at Los Angeles and is an accomplished scholar with over 50 publications and 100 presentations focused on the psychology of teaching and learning as related to diverse adult learners and service-learning.
Dr. Cress and her co-authors published the best-selling textbook, Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning Across the Disciplines (2005), for faculty and students on how to realize effective learning and community gains through community-based learning projects. Her most recent book, Democratic Dilemmas of Teaching Service-Learning: Curricular Strategies for Success (2011), focuses on teachable moments and pedagogical strategies in the midst of democratic value and belief conflicts.
Dr. Cress provides training workshops and consultation with colleges and organizations across the country including Campus Campact, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and the Community College National Center for Community Engagement on curriculum, assessment, and cultural issues in service-learning and civic engagement.
Christine M. Cress, PhD
Graduate School of Education
Educational Leadership and Policy
Portland State University
PO Box 751
615 SW Harrison
Portland, OR 97207-0751