Dr. Marie Sandy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Community Studies. Her academic work focuses on the "scholarship of engagement," including community building as a way to work for social justice, ways to integrate the humanistic tradition of practical philosophy with processes for public discourse, and community-based qualitative inquiry. Her research also focuses on the importance of place and locality in our era of globalization, with sensitivity to the dynamics imposed by race, gender, class and socio-politico-economic status.
Her current research involves: 1. Community perspectives in campus-community partnerships; 2. Application of theories of Hannah Arendt and Hans-Georg Gadamer to community engagement, and conversational approaches to qualitative inquiry methodology; and 3. Valuing and promoting local and indigenous knowledge, and the role of associational spaces for generating new knowledge.
Dr. Sandy has professional experience with Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) USA, Capital Area Asset Building Corporation (CAAB), and Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW).
Donahue, D. Sandy, M. & Ikeda, E. (in press)."Navigating your way through the sea of definitions, concepts and principles" in Jacoby, B. (Ed.). Establishing and sustaining the community service-learning professional: A workbook for self-directed learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Sandy, M. (in press). Practical Beauty: The generation of theory for engaged scholarship. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning.
Sandy, M. & Holland, B. (2006). Different Worlds and Common Ground: Community Partner Perspectives in Campus-Community Partnerships. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning pp.30-43.
Sandy, M. & Arguelles, L. (2005). Fusing Horizons Through Conversation: A Grassroot Think-Tank Approach to Applied Research. Scholarship in action, Pp. 27-37. U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Office of University Partnerships. (Available electronically)