Dr. Nora Pillard Reynolds approaches this work from her experiences as a non-profit practitioner, educator, and researcher. She serves as Editor of globalsl, a multi-institutional hub supporting ethical global learning and community campus partnerships, hosted at Haverford College. In this role, she leads the Global Engagement Survey, which examines the outcomes of high impact programming, such as engaged learning and study abroad, on global learning competencies, as articulated by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Following her graduation from Villanova University in 2002, Nora co-founded Water for Waslala, an NGO that worked for access to water and sanitation in rural Nicaragua. On April 1, 2016, Water for Waslala was acquired by WaterAid. During the startup phases of Water for Waslala, she also earned her MA in International Development at La Univerisidad Complutense de Madrid in 2004. From 2004-2006, Nora worked as a 1st grade teacher at Potter-Thomas Bilingual School in North Philadelphia through Teach for America while completing her MS in Elementary Education at St. Joseph’s University. She returned to Villanova as the Assistant Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships before leaving to pursue her PhD at Temple University.
In her research, Nora utilizes participatory methods to explore multiple perspectives in civic engagement and community campus partnerships. Her research findings have been published in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (2014), the recent volume International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities (2015), and the forthcoming Handbook of Family, School, Community Partnerships in Education (2017).