Lina Dostilio

(412) 624-7719

710 Alumni Hall


Dr. Lina Dostilio has spent her career connecting colleges and universities with their local communities so that they can better realize their civic missions. Her research as a scholar-administrator has focused on multi-sector partnership development and the evolution of the community engagement profession within higher education. She currently serves as the University of Pittsburgh's Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, appointed through the Center for Urban Education.

Dostilio is also the scholar-in-residence directing the Campus Compact’s Project on the Community Engagement Professional, a national research project staffed by 19 research fellows across the country that has produced "The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field" (Stylus Publishing, 2017), and "The Community Engagement Professional Guidebook" (Stylus Publishing, forthcoming). She also serves on the content advisory board for the Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Project.

Previously, she was the lead facilitator for the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Peer Development Network, an effort of the Eastern Regional Campus Compact to prepare more than 110 campuses seeking the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement in 2015. Dostilio is a team member of the Next Generation Engagement Project, a collaboration between the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, AASCU, and Imagining America, and was an invited member of the civic learning roundtable discussions held by the U.S. Department of Education that led to the National Task Force report titled, “A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future.” Dostilio has also served as past-chair of the board of directors of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, and is on the editorial board of Metropolitan Universities. She frequently consults with campuses that seek to institutionalize civic engagement, build their community engagement infrastructure, and develop innovative partnership models.