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Amy Spring, B.S., M.P.A. (she/her)


Amy manages a broad range of Outreach activities at the Institute including practitioner-oriented education, professional development, research dissemination, event planning, science communication, and partnership development. Amy’s professional background working in higher education, professional development, and bridging theory to practice has prepared her to be a productive member of the Outreach team. Amy spent over 20 years building Portland State University’s partnership agenda with a focus on the intersection between teaching and the needs and interests of community-based organizations. Her leadership responsibilities have included supporting the university’s Partnership Council, engaging campus faculty and staff in the articulation of the engagement agenda from their organizational vantage point, and development of methods to assess the impact of partnerships on the university and the larger community. Ms. Spring has spent a significant part of her career developing expertise in facilitating faculty and student development workshops focused on translating university resources and putting them to use in applied settings in the community. To increase research accessibility and visibility, she has helped faculty communicate their research to practitioners and audiences outside their fields of expertise. Her scholarly work includes several publications focused on assessment of community partnerships and student learning. She has taught an applied course focused on civic engagement and community leadership in several local prisons. 

Education and training

    • B.S., 1994, Portland State University
    • M.P.A., 1996, Portland State University
  • Certifications

    • Enter Mentoring Facilitator Training Certificate, 2020, Center for Improvement of Mentor Experiences in Research
    • Intercultural U Certificate, 2022, Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Portland State University
    • Certificate in Project Management, 2022, Center for Executive and Professional Education  

Areas of interest

  • Community-University Partnerships
  • Public Impact Research
  • Broader Impacts
  • Prison Education


Selected publications

  • Spring, A., Vicki Reitenauer and Seanna Kerrigan (2016) co-edited issue of Metropolitan Universities: Curricular Innovation: Engaged Capstones at Portland State University. 
  • Spring, A., and Rachel Samuelson (2016). “Building Capacity:  Sustainability through Student Leadership” Curricular Sustainability, Greenleaf Publishing. 
  • Gelmon S., Barbara Holland and Amy Spring (forthcoming in 2016) 2nd Edition Assessing Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Principles and Techniques,  Campus Compact.  
  • Smith-Arthur, D. and Amy Spring (2016) “Shared Spaces, Shared Learning: University/Corrections Partnerships that Transform Thinking,” Metropolitan Universities.  
  • Kecskes, K. and Amy Spring (2006) "Continuums of Engagement at Portland State  University: An Institution wide Initiative to Support Departmental Collaboration for the Common Good" in Kecskes, K (Ed.) Engaging Departments: Moving Faculty Culture from Private to Public, Individual to Collective Focus for the Common Good. Boston: Anker Publications, Inc