Sarah Stanlick

Professor of Practice
Director of the Center for Community Engagement
Williams Hall 020 - 31 Williams Drive


Ph.D., Lehigh University, M.A. Brandeis University, B.A. Lafayette College
Civics & Global Citizenship, health & human rights, transformative learning, digital sociology, assessment, community-engaged learning and research


Sarah Stanlick, PhD, is the founding director of Lehigh University’s Center for Community Engagement and a professor of practice in Sociology and Anthropology. She previously taught at Centenary College of New Jersey and was a researcher at Harvard’s Kennedy School, assisting the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. She has published in journals such as The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, The Social Studies, and the Journal of Global Citizenship and Equity Education. Her current interests include global citizenship, health & human rights, transformative learning, and the internet's impact on our relationships and capacity to build community.

Courses Taught

  • SOAN/HMS 120: Values and Ethics in Community-Engaged Research

  • SOC 302/402: Sociology of Cyberspace

  • SOC 355/461: Sociology of Education

  • SOAN/HMS 196: Purposeful Curiosity

Selected Publications and Projects

  • Co-Curator of the SLCE Future Directions Project and Co-Editor of the Special Section of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

  • Stanlick, S.E. (2018). “Citizenship”. In M. Helmsing, D. Krutka, & A. Whitlock (Eds.) Keywords in the Social Studies. New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

  • Bandy, J., Price, M. F., Clayton, P. H., Metzker, J., Nigro, G., Stanlick, S., Woodson, S.,Bartel, A., & Gale, S. (2018). Democratically engaged assessment: Reimagining the purposes andpractices of assessment in community engagement. Davis, CA: Imagining America. APPS.

  • Stanlick, S., & Sell, M. (2017). Beyond superheroes and sidekicks: Empowerment, efficacy, and education in community partnerships. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 23(1).

  • Stanlick, S. E., Kniffin, L. E., Clayton, P. H., Zlotkowski, E., & Howard, J. (2017). Urgency and Opportunity in Difficult Times: Elevating Voices and Widening the Circle of SLCE Leadership. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 23(2), 138-144.
  • Stanlick, S.E. (2015). Getting “Real” about Transformation: The Role of Brave Spaces in Creating Disorientation and Transformation.  Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 22(2), pp. 117-121.

  • Howard, J.P. & Stanlick, S.E. (2015). A Call for a National Strategic Plan.  Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 22(2), pp. 128-131.

  • Stanlick, S. E. (2015). Quality and directionality of global citizenship identity development in the context of online and offline reflections during an introductory global citizenship course (Order No. 3714480). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I. (1708665337).

  • Hammond, T., Bozdin, A. M., & Stanlick, S. E. (2014). Redefining the Longitude/Latitude Experience with a Scaffolded Geocache. The Social Studies, 1-8.

  • Gisolo, G., & Stanlick, S. E. (2012). Promoting Global Citizenship Outside the Classroom: Undergraduate-Refugee Service Learning at Lehigh University. Journal of Global Citizenship & Equity Education, 2(2), 98-122.