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The Optimal Town-Gown Marriage: Taking Campus-Community Outreach and Engagement to the Next Level Paperback – December 29, 2015
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Reviewed by Dr. James Schaeffer for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.
"One of the ongoing challenges facing all higher education institutions is the town-gown relationship. Stephen Gavazzi, author of The Optimal Town-Gown Marriage, not only demonstrates his understanding of the importance of this relationship, but also displays his passion for creating the most effective, what he calls harmonious, relationship between the town and the gown.In general, this book is intended to show the complexities of developing a strong and healthy town-gown relationship and, more importantly, demonstrate that the health of one is mutually dependent on the health of the other. To provide a new lens through which to look at this issue, the author draws on literature and research about marriage and suggests tools for gathering data that should drive the decision making in town-gown relationships."
Find the full review here: openjournals.libs.uga.edu/index.php/jheoe/article/view/1791/990
Reviewed by Stephen Troost for the Planning for Higher Education Journal.
"Stephen Gavazzi, Ph.D., leverages his scholarly background in marriage and family therapy to draw parallels between campus-community relationships and marriages. Combining this background with his position as dean and director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield regional campus, the author provides a unique and often lighthearted exploration of how a well-functioning campus-community relationship is established and maintained."
Find the full review here: scup.org/page/phe/read/article?data_id=31855&view=article
About the Author
Stephen M. Gavazzi , Ph.D. is Dean and Director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield regional campus, and is a Professor in the Department of Human Sciences in the College of Education and Human Ecology on the Columbus campus. He is a trained marriage and family therapist whose scholarship for the past thirty years has surrounded the impact that family dynamics have on adolescent development and behavior. He has written a book for parents entitled “Strong Families, Successful Students” that was published in 2010, and a textbook entitled “Families with Adolescents: Bridging the Gaps Between Theory, Research, and Practice” that was published in 2011 by Springer Press. Professor Gavazzi’s most recent scholarship centers on the establishment and maintenance of healthy campus-community relationships. His work on town-gown issues makes ample use of his marriage and family therapy background, and has given rise to the development of a typology described in his newest book -- The Optimal Town-Gown Marriage -- that draws parallels between campus-community relationships and marriages.