For Higher Education, by Higher Education

Collaboratory originated from within the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) at UNC Greensboro. It was designed, initially, to serve UNCG’s need to track, report, and build awareness of hundreds of community engagement and public service activities and relationships for planning, reporting, and recognition purposes. 

Collaboratory's Co-Founders

Emily Janke, PhD

Director, UNC Greensboro Institute for Community & Economic Engagement

Dr. Emily Janke is the founding director of the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement and an associate professor of Peace & Conflict Studies at UNC Greensboro. As a scholar-administrator she has advanced practice and scholarship in the areas of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship with diverse teams, the equitable treatment of community-engaged scholarship in promotion and tenure policy and practices, strategic efforts to track and monitor community engagement and public service within and across institutions, and the use of restorative justice practices in interpersonal, intergroup, and institutional culture. She is a member of UNCG’s Institute for Data, Evaluation, and Analytics and of the Carnegie Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for the Community Engagement Elective Classification. She serves on several editorial boards for community engagement journals. Dr. Janke has received the Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award given by the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, the Civic Engagement Professional of the Year Award given by the North Carolina Campus Compact, the Dissertation and the Early Career Researcher Awards given by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, and the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement given by American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ American Democracy Project.

Kristin Medlin, MPA, MS

Director, Research & Development at Collaboratory

Kristin oversees Collaboratory’s research and development efforts that support, promote, and enhance the field of study related to community engagement and socially effective impact across all sectors. She works to raise awareness about the value of community engagement data and the imperative to develop a data culture, and helps to build systems and structures for data access, analysis, and use. Prior to jumping into the corporate sector, Kristin served as the communications and partnerships manager in the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement at UNC Greensboro. Kristin’s scholarly work explores data governance, technology-assisted engagement, cross-sector partnerships, and tracking and assessment of community engagement. Kristin holds masters degrees from UNC Greensboro both in Public Affairs and in Educational Research, Assessment, and Evaluation.

Barbara Holland, PhD

Higher Education Scholar & Consultant

Barbara A. Holland serves as a Senior Scholar in the Institute for Community & Economic Engagement at UNCG. In this role, Barbara advises academic and institutional leadership on academic culture change and the changing nature of the academy, facilitates workshops on documenting and evaluating non-traditional forms of scholarship for promotion and tenure, and assists UNCG in building its identity and reputation as a community-engaged institution. She was most recently the Director of Academic Initiatives in Social Inclusion for the University of Sydney in Australia. In this role she led the University in the development of community partnerships and teaching/research strategies to enhance social inclusion in the context of Australia’s oldest research university. Previously, she served three years as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Engagement at University of Western Sydney where she created and implemented the University’s first strategic plan for engaged learning and research activities. Central to the plan is the UWS Schools Engagement agenda which in 2009 involved nearly 11,000 school students in academic enrichment, tutoring, and mentoring activities. The engagement plan also focused on small business economic development, cultural understanding, and environmental sustainability. Before 2007, Barbara held national leadership roles for community engagement in the United States including the directorship of the federally-funded National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (2002-09), and an appointment to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she managed large grant programs for university-community partnerships (2000-2002). Earlier in her career, she held senior academic and administrative roles at Portland State University and Northern Kentucky University where she contributed to major changes in curriculum and organizational culture.