My service philosophy grows out of a long and deeply held desire to help others. Whether this help emerges through my civic-focused teaching and research, or whether it emerges through service to my university, department, discipline, and community, my drive to help others guides everything that I do. Before arriving at Loyola, I was active in my church and volunteered at a food bank in Lafayette, IN. In addition, I had long since heard the call of service through instruction, having caught the teaching bug at Virginia Tech as a teaching assistant. But after arriving at Loyola, I felt a different type of desire to serve, one that grows out of the close, nurturing environment fostered by the university. As a product of public education, I was surprised at this difference. But this remarkable change has allowed me to more effectively carry out engaged scholarship, work with the community, and mentor students.
As Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship, I work closely with the Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ) and the Office of Academic Affairs to provide strategic direction and support for Loyola faculty and students interested in connecting their academic work with the work of community partners. This collaboration consists of service-learning but also community-based research. As Faculty Director, I also chair the Engaged Scholarship Committee, which joins faculty members and members of the community while also serving as the administrative body that reviews Kolvenbach grant submissions and submissions for the Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship.
I also serve on Loyola's Commitment to Justice committee that sponsors a social justice panel every year. During Loyola's strategic plan initiative, I also served on Loyola’s Strategic Planning Working Group on Civic and Urban Engagement. To help serve the university in positions of increasing responsibility, I served on the Messina Advising faculty from 2013 to 2016, and I collaborated with the Sellinger School of Business and Management on an interdisciplinary e-portfolio project.
At the department level, I served as chair of the Criteria for Annual Merit Review Committee and co-chair the Assessment Committee. I also coordinated the internship program year-round from 2013 to 2018. In service to my discipline, I review for top journals in my field and review submissions for a number of refereed conferences. To give back to my local community, I serve my church as a member of the Habitat for Humanity team working to rebuild homes in Baltimore City and as a member of the Covenant Fund Steering Committee. In fall 2019, my wife, Dr. Stephanie Hurter Brizee, and I began teaching the Journey to Adulthood class at Redeemer Episcopal Church.
In 2016, I co-edited Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education 3rd edition with Paola Pascual-Ferrá, a book that enacts my service philosophy and showcases Loyola's dedication to bringing about positive change in our communities.