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Drew  Stelljes PhD

Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement and Leadership and Director Office of Community Engagement

Office : Blow Hall 326 A
Phone : 757 221 3263
Email : [[adstel]]


Dr. Stelljes serves as a member of the Vice President of Student Affairs senior staff.  Stelljes is charged with providing leadership and direction for an integrated portfolio of educational programs, student engagement and support services aimed at enhancing student development.  Responsible for the oversight of the following departments: Office of Community Engagement, Student Activities, Student Leadership Development, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Sadler and Campus Centers, Stelljes directs the implementation of activities giving students meaningful opportunities for learning and personal growth. 

Current activity inclues spearheading an effort to implement a new, integrated approach to student leadership development, to practice leadership skills in both academic and in co-curricular settings, and to learn through a theoretical framework and self-reflection.  Stelljes is leading an effort where students develop a sense of identity and purpose, articulate their values, and incorporate those values into their daily activity. 

Stelljes is the author of Service-Learning and Community Engagement: Toward Long-term Developmental Social Concern and his engagement model has been widely published.  He has authored an array of journal articles on placing students intellectual and developmental needs at the center of the learning endeavor, service-learning, community based learning, education policy reform measures, impacts of alternative breaks and measures of the efficacy of college based tutoring and mentoring programs. 

He is a graduate of James Madison University (Bachelor of Science and Master of Education) and the College of William and Mary (Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Policy).  In 2008 Drew was selected as an inaugural member of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders.  He is Associate Editor of the VA Engage Journal and Co-Chair of the newly formed VA Engage Network.  He has held an executive board seat on a variety of local non-profits and on the Governor’s Advisory for National and Community Service where he chaired the annual selection process for statewide Americorps funding.   He teaches a class on leadership and he is the faculty member for the Washington Office Summer Institute on Leadership and Community Engagement.  Drew consults on topics ranging from the creation of civic engagement on college campuses, service-learning and student development in the college years.  He has guest lectured, presented or consulted for 20 schools.  He and his wife, Amy, have three children, Emma Grace, Braden Eberhardt and Elizabeth Marie.  They live in Williamsburg, Virginia.