Director of Service-Learning & Student Programs
Leslie Parkins has worked with at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2002. From 2003-2010 Leslie worked as both the assistant director and associate director of the APPLES Service-Learning program, and since 2011 has been the director of service-learning and student programs with the Carolina Center for Public Service. Her previous work experience in higher education administration included residential programs, leadership development, academic advising and service-learning. Leslie completed her undergraduate degree in communication studies in 1999 from the University of South Florida and a graduate degree in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University in 2001. During graduate school, Leslie worked abroad for the University of Glamorgan in Treforest, Wales for a summer. Before arriving at Carolina, Leslie worked at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Leslie oversees the coordination of the APPLES Service-Learning Courses, Service-Learning Internships and Community Engagement Fellowships. Her efforts include service-learning program development and community-campus partnerships. In spring 2008, Leslie completed her Ed.D. from North Carolina State University’s Higher Education Administration Program. Her dissertation research explored individual characteristics and motivational factors predicting faculty participation in service-learning pedagogy at research institutions. Leslie aspires to continue to work in a college or university setting to promote exciting learning opportunities. Leslie lives in Durham with her husband, Grant, their young sons, Jack and Reid, and their beagle, Dixie.
Phone: (919) 843-4785
Office: Union Office
Program Connection: APPLES Service-Learning Courses