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Sylvia Gale
Director, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement
Dr. Sylvia Gale is director of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) at the University of Richmond. She joined the CCE in August 2009. She was the founding director of Imagining America’s Publicly Active Graduate Education Initiative (PAGE), and since 2009 has co-chaired IA’s initiative on “Assessing the Practices of Public Scholarship,” which explores and advances assessment practices aligned with the values that drive community-engaged work.  She is committed to co-creating  opportunities for transformative liberal arts learning far beyond traditional institutional boundaries, and has published on innovative assessment, engaged graduate education, and the power of institutional intermediaries to effect change.  Before coming to UR, Sylvia worked to extend liberal arts learning to diverse communities through the Humanities Institute at UT-Austin.
Community Service
  • Co-chair, Imagining America's Research Committee
  • Co-chair, "Assessing the Practices of Public Scholarship" research group
  • Member, Leadership Metro Richmond's education committee
Selected Publications

“High-Impact Assessment.” Co-authored with Bryan Figura. Engage: A Publication of the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. Fall 2015.

“Turning the PAGE: Ten Years of Leadership for Engaged Graduate Education.” Co-authored with Adam Bush. Diversity & Democracy: A Publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. 18.1: 2015, 26-27.

“This Bridge Called My Job: Translating, Revaluing, and Leveraging Intermediary Administrative Work.” Co-authored with Miriam Bartha, Megan Carney, Elizabeth Goodhue, and Amy Howard. Public: A Journal of Imagining America. Fall 2014.

 “Another Kind of Giving.” Co-authored with Amy Howard, Style Weekly, Giving, Summer 2010.

“Bridging the Gap: Emerging Scholars, Emerging Forms of Scholarship (On-line Edition).” Guest Editor, special issue. REFLECTIONS: A Journal of Writing, Community Literacy, and Service Learning. 7.3: 2008.

“Story Circles as Ongoing and Collaborative Evaluation: Roadside Theater’s ‘Story to Performance,’” Imagining America’s Case Studies and Research on Integrated Assessment, Imagining America, 2012. Web. 14 April 2014.

“Arcs, Checklists, and Charts: The Trajectory of a Public Scholar?” Collaborative Futures: Critical Reflections on Publicly Active Graduate Education. Ed. Amanda Gilvin, Georgia M. Roberts, and Craig Martin. Syracuse: The Graduate School Press of Syracuse University, 2012. 315-327.

Q&A with Sylvia Gale
Where are you originally from?

New York City.

What is your favorite restaurant or coffee shop in Richmond?

I love Taza and Crossroads on the Southside; both places you can hang out with a book or a project all day.

What is your favorite place or thing to do in Richmond?

The James River is Richmond's jewel. I love its wildness, its vast network of trails, and the fact that you can legitimately get lost, at least for while, while exploring it. Favorite river access points include the 42nd Street rocks (accessible from the south side) and Texas Beach (from the north side).

What does civic engagement mean to you?

It means showing up as a member of your communities, as proactively as possible, with intention to listen, learn, and ultimately, contribute.

Ph.D., University of Texas - Austin 2008
English, with a concentration in rhetoric and composition
Contact Information
(804) 484-1603