Research and Practice
Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement
Dr. Laura E. Sponsler has both practical and scholarly expertise in the field of civic learning and democratic engagement (CLDE). She served as the founding director of NASPA's Lead Initiative, a collective of institutions dedicated to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education. She has also served as a campus practitioner in the field of service-learning at the University of Pennsylvania and Cabrini College.
- Founding Director, NASPA, Lead Initiative, 2012-2014
- Member, Civic Learning Action Network, 2012-2014
- Co-Chair, NASPA Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs (SAPAA) Working Group on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, 2016-2018
Sponsler, L.E. (2015). “Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Program Standards.” CAS Standards 2015. Washington, D.C.: The Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.
Sponsler, L.E. (2013). “Creating the Civic-Minded Campus.” Washington, DC: NASPA Leadership Exchange, Summer 2013.
Sponsler, L.E. & Hartley, J.M. (2013). 5 Things CSAOs Can Do to Institutionalize Civic Engagement in Student Affairs. Washington, DC: NASPA, Research and Policy Institute.
Kruger, K., Sponsler, L.E., & Musil, C.M. (2013). “Civic Leadership for Societal Prosperity: A Commitment across Domains.” Diversity & Democracy, 16(4). Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Sponsler, L. E. (2018, January). Teaching Democracy During Turbulent Times: Strategies for Civic Engagement. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Washington, D.C.
Sponsler, L. E. (2017, October). Making teaching more inclusive and democratic: Can we educate for citizenship through classroom practices and pedagogy? Presentation at theCoalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities, Denver, CO.
Sponsler, L.E. & Reynolds, S. (2017, March). NASPA Lead Initiative at Five: Reflection, Implementation, and Strategic Planning. Pre-conference workshop, NASPA Annual Conference 2017, San Antonio, TX.
Sponsler, L.E. (2016, July). Civic Engagement and Student Affairs: Why This Work Matters” Invited Keynote, University of Nevada-Reno Professional Development Conference, Reno, NV.
Sponsler, L.E. (2016, May). CLDE Strategies to meet the CAS Revised Standards for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Programs.NASPA Online Live Briefing, NASPA.
Sponsler, L.E. (2014). Five More Things to Advance Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement: Insights from Chief Student Affairs Officers. NASPA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Sponsler, L.E. (2014). Citizenship Development Across the Border: A Comparative Analysis of Student Affairs Practice in the U.S. and Mexico. NASPA Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Sponsler, L.E. (2013). The Continuum of Learning and Critical Reflection: Experiential Learning, Co-Curricular, and Service-Learning. NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Sponsler, L.E. (2013). Developing Students as Citizens. NASPA Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
Sponsler, L.E., & Kruger, K. (2013). Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE): A Report From the Field One Year Later. American Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Five Things Student Affairs Professionals Can Do To Institutionalize Civic Engagement
Sponsler and Hartley Featured Scholars
Diversity and Democracy, Fall 2013
NASPA's Lead Initiative at 5