Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant serves as the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. In this role, Alison provides leadership and support for The College of Global Studies’ rich experiential education offerings. Included in the portfolio are service-learning courses, internship courses, field research courses, and practicum courses – with new ideas coming all the time from our faculty and institutional partners. Alison brings years of experience in service-learning curriculum planning, community-university partnership building, and higher education administration to the role, but she finds Arcadia to be on the leading edge for global, integration-based experiential education that is directly applicable to American students’ course of study and professional aspirations.
Before joining The College, Alison served as the Stouffer College House Dean at the University of Pennsylvania. She had also held positions in other mission-driven units at Penn: the Greenfield Intercultural Center, The Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and Civic House. Alison has taught courses about community engagement and about service-learning pedagogy, and she draws energy from watching students bring their academic work to bear on real-world problems. Alison worked in community-based organizations in Baltimore, Maryland, before her career in higher education.
Originally from Massachusetts, Alison earned her B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University in Maryland, and her M.S.Ed. and Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation analyzed Penn’s relationship with one of its neighboring public high schools, and her broader research interests include higher education’s service mission and, more specifically, the processes and products of campus efforts to serve the public good through community engagement.
Alison and her family reside in Glenside, and the remaining four of her top five favorite places in the world (so far) are Galway, Ireland; Cascais, Portugal; Leuven, Belgium; and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.