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Meet the Staff

VSLC Professional Staff

Dennis McCunneyDennis McCunney, Ph.D., Director
1611 Old Cafeteria Complex, mccunneyw@ecu.edu, 252-328-2802

Dennis is responsible for the administrative oversight and strategic direction of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center. He joined the VSLC team in August 2012. Dennis earned a B.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Maryland, M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology/Boston College, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Morgan State University’s School of Education and Urban Studies. His dissertation research focuses on the formation of student culture around civic engagement and activism. Before coming to ECU, Dennis worked at Loyola University Maryland's Center for Community Service and Justice coordinating leadership development and co-curricular service-learning programs. He also served as a social justice minister at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. His professional interests include leadership development, service-learning, campus-community partnerships, social justice education, and qualitative research methods. Outside of work, Dennis enjoys spending time with his family, fishing and camping, and baseball.

Recent Publication: "Community-Campus Partnerships: Using Lessons Learned to Chart a Path for the Future."

Meagan SmithMeagan Smith, Associate Director for Service-Learning and Communications
109 Mendenhall Student Center, smithmea@ecu.edu, 252-328-1554

Meagan serves as Associate Director for Service-Learning and Communications. She joined the VSLC team in July 2013. Meagan supports faculty who are involved in service-learning work and oversees community partner development and assessment, service-learning course assessment and syllabus design, and VSLC communications and marketing. Meagan has worked most recently as a resident director and the coordinator of multicultural student programs at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. She received her B.S. degree in journalism and music from the State University of New York at Oswego and a M.S. degree in college counseling and student development from Azusa Pacific University, where she worked as a graduate assistant and then as Assistant Director of Service-Learning.

Nichelle Shuck, Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programsnichelle resized
1604 Old Cafeteria Complex, shuckn@ecu.edu, 252-328-6979

Nichelle serves as Associate Director of Student Leadership and Educational Programming.  Nichelle’s responsibilities include overseeing all co-curricular programming and student leadership opportunities.  She supports community partnerships and ECU’s relationship with North Carolina Campus Compact.  Nichelle is a recent graduate from Kent State University where she received an M.Ed. in higher education administration and student personnel.  She also received a college teaching certificate and will complete her community college leadership certificate by 2015.  Nichelle received her B.A. in speech communication with a concentration in public relations from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.  She spent two years serving as an Ohio Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader at Kent State University.  Most recently, she worked at Kent State University as a graduate assistant coordinating community service opportunities.  She also worked as a part-time graduate assistant in Residence Life at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Outside of work, Nichelle enjoys being outside to soak up the sun, playing with her two cats, gardening, spending time with family friends, as well as attending community events. She also enjoys reading, cooking, baking and attempting Do It Yourself (DIY) projects.

Emily Dixon, Office Coordinator

1604 Old Cafeteria Complex, dixonem@ecu.edu, 252-737-2501

Suzannah Lott, Program Assistant

109 Mendenhall Student Center, lotts15@ecu.edu

Victoria Barfield, Graduate Assistant

Lauren Rideout, Graduate Assistant

Lizzie Shepard, AmeriCorps VISTA member

Jade Umberger, AmeriCorps VISTA member


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