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Outreach and Community Learning Services

2017 Keynote Presentation

The Power of Experiential Learning for Today’s Students 

Dr. Christopher Lavan

Click here to view Dr. Lavan’s presentation from EduBOSS 2017.


Dr. Christopher Lavan is an alum of Jackson State University where he earned his PhD in Urban Higher Education. He has also earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centenary College of Louisiana in Psychology.

Prior to working for the University of Tennessee, Chris worked for Centenary College where he became their Director of Service-Learning, then the Director of Community and Intercultural Engagement, and lastly as the Director of Global Engagement. As the Director of Global Engagement, he led their campus’s home for service-learning and community engagement, international education and study abroad, as well as diversity programming and training. He also served as the Interim Director for their institution’s Quality Enhancement Plan for two years called “Trek”, which is a three-pronged graduation requirement for all students centered in experiential learning. While serving as a full-time administrator, he also taught there for 6 years.

Before working at Centenary College, Chris began his career at Louisiana State University (LSU). While at LSU, he helped to lead and establish their university’s center for community service and involvement called, “Volunteer LSU”. He also worked for a year with LSU’s Community University Partnership where he was the lead author of a study called Lending a Hand: A Comprehensive Study of Single Mothers in Baton Rouge and the State of Louisiana.

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