Glenn Clayton Odenbrett currently serves as the project director at the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE, www.ncsce.net) for GLISTEN (the Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network), a higher education service-learning program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. GLISTEN involves faculty, students, and community partners from over two dozen colleges and universities in the eight Great Lakes states. It utilizes a unique, corps-based student leadership model that embeds students full-time with community partner organizations such as the Cuyahoga Valley National Park during the summer, and then deploys them during the academic year as academic service-learning facilitators who lead their peers in activities benefiting these organizations and focused on restoration and stewardship of the Great Lakes ecosystem.
Prior to joining the staff of NCSCE, Mr. Odenbrett served as project director for CLEAN (the Collaborative Learning for Environmental Action Network) with the Western Reserve Resource Conservation and Development Council, in Northeast Ohio. During his 11-year tenure as founding director of the Office of Student Community Service at Case Western Reserve University, he coordinated faculty development initiatives that promoted service-learning and community-based research across the undergraduate curriculum, as well as corps-based AmeriCorps State and VISTA programs in the areas of education, public health, and the environment.A nationally-recognized leader in the area of integrating community service with undergraduate coursework, Mr. Odenbrett regularly serves as either a coordinator or campus team facilitator for conferences and training institutes in this area. In 1998, he organized and hosted a national institute on service-learning in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, and has presented workshops on this topic as well as undergraduate civic engagement at conferences and institutes such as those sponsored by SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) an NCSCE program funded by the National Science Foundation. As a SENCER Leadership Fellow, in 2009 he coordinated a Great Lakes Stewardship Conference at which faculty, students, and community partners from seven states and Canada shared best practices in integrating stewardship of the Great Lakes ecosystem with academic coursework at the undergraduate level.
Mr. Odenbrett is the author of a monograph published by the American Chemical Society entitled “Following the Phosphorus: the Case for Learning Chemistry Through Great Lakes Ecosystem Stewardship” and another, to appear in the Fall of 2012, entitled “The Unique Leadership Role of GLISTEN Undergraduate Stewardship Liaisons: Recruiting, Orienting, and Training the Next Generation of Great Lakes Ecosystem Stewards.”
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and a Master of Arts degree from Case Western Reserve University.