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Get to know … Jessica Copeland, Director of the Collaborative for Community Engagement

Jessica Copeland's many diverse areas of academic interests combine well in her new position as director of CC's Collaborative for Community Engagement. The new Collaborative reflects the recent merging of the Partnership for Civic Engagement and the Center for Service and Learning, a move that Copeland says is less confusing for students and helps streamline community-based learning across the college. The new configuration provides a framework for academic content to come alive and for students to test classroom concepts in the real world, she says.

Copeland joined Colorado College last year as the associate director of the Partnership for Civic Engagement and visiting assistant professor in the psychology department. She had previously been teaching in the psychology department and the global studies program at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

As director of the Collaborative for Community Engagement, Copeland will continue to teach two classes at CC. Her areas of interest include psychology of war; sustainable community-based learning and research; civic engagement; research methods and philosophy of science; gender development; and social cognition.

Copeland earned a bachelor's degree summa cum laude in psychology and Spanish literature from Berkeley, a master's in risk and prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of California at San Diego. Much of her research and writing has focused on children's reasoning about aggression, the development of essentialist reasoning, and children's beliefs about gender; in fact, her most-cited paper is "Children's Beliefs about the Relationship between Gender and Aggressive Behavior," which appeared in Child Development in 2005.

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