The Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER) at Trinity College congratulates Megan Faver Hartline, Ph.D. on her recent promotion to Director of Community Learning. Megan joined Trinity in June 2017 as Associate Director of Community Learning, immediately after completing her doctorate in Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Louisville, where her dissertation explored how institutional policies influence faculty and graduate student participation in community engagement programs in higher education.
During her first year-and-a-half at Trinity, Megan stood out for her initiative and leadership on several Community Learning programs, including faculty development workshops and a regional conference series on writing and community engagement. Also, she coordinates recruitment and teaches one semester of the Community Action Gateway program for first-year students, with support from a grant by the Davis Educational Foundation.
Megan also launched the Public Humanities Collaborative summer research program that brings together Trinity students, faculty, and Hartford-area community partners. She also was instrumental in the creation of the Center for Hartford Engagement and Research (CHER) in 2018.
In addition to her administrative and teaching work, Megan continues to produce scholarship on community engagement. Her co-edited collection, Writing for Engagement: Responsive Practice for Social Action, was published by Lexington Books in Summer 2018, and later that summer, she published a review essay with Amber Montalvo ’20, “Review: Brokering Tareas: Mexican Immigrant Families Translanguaging Homework Literacies and Community Literacies en Confianza: Learning from Bilingual After-School Programs by Steven Alvarez.” She also has an invited article, “Early Career Scholars’ Encounters, Transitions, Futures: A Conversation on Community Engagement” with Vani Kannan, Charles Lesh, and Jessica Pauszek, forthcoming in Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric. Finally, she and Jack Dougherty recently co-authored an opinion essay, “Your Dean Favors ‘Experiential Liberal Arts’: Now What?” published by Campus Compact for Southern New England.