Nicole Webster, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Youth and International Development
  • Director of the 2iE-Penn State Centre for
  • Collaborative Engagement in Burkina Faso, West Africa
  • Comparative and International Education Faculty (CIED), College of Education
Nicole Webster, Ph.D.
204B Ferguson
University Park, PA 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-2695

Areas of Expertise

  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Change
  • Internationalcommunity development

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  1. 2002, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  2. 1992, M.S., Michigan State University
  3. 1993, B.S., University of Florida

Research concentration:

Youth civic development and international community development 

Current research activities: 

Examining the role and meaning of black and Latino young adults in Central America  West Africa, and the Americas engaged in social movements and civil society

Examining the role of black youth participation and inclusion in 4H programs in the US 

Select Publications

Webster, N., Sausner, E., Alotaibi, B., & Patterson, A.  (2018). The intersection of civic engagement and civic attitudes among Latino youth through a factor analysis.  Journal of Social Change, 10(1), 159–168.

Webster, N. & Smith, M. (2018).  Strategies for 4-H Program Planning and Recruitment Relative to African American Male Youths. Journal of Extension, [Online], 56(4) Article 4TOT4. Available at:

Webster, N. & Sausner, E. (2017).  A focused analysis of TVET: Unique opportunities and strategies for investing in and engaging youth in Nicaraguan society.  Journal of Vocational Education & Training, 69(4), pp. 451-472.

Sausner, E. & Webster, N. (2017). Moving out or building up: Theoretical links between migration and community resilience in Nicaraguan Afro-Caribbean coastal communities. Journal of Developing Societies, 32(4), pp. 484-507

Coffey, H., Webster, N. & Hefer, T. (2016). Developing Justice-Oriented Teaching Dispositions with First-Year University Students through Service-Learning. International Journal of Research on Service-Learning in Teacher Education, 4, pp. 1-16.

Select Edited Book Chapters

Webster, N., Coffey, H., & Ash, A.  (2016).  #UrbanLivesMatter: Empowering Learners through     Transformative Teaching.  In Petty, T., Good, A., & Putnam, S.M. (Eds.), Handbook of  Research on Professional Development for Quality Teaching and Learning (pp. 462-485).  Hershey, PA:IGI Global Publishing. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0204-3

Webster, N.  & Ganpat, W. (2015).  Youth: Adding Value to Agriculture in the Caribbean. In W. Ganpat & W. Isaac (Eds.), Sustainable Food production Practices for the Caribbean (pp. 38-56). New York and Jamaica: Randle Publications.

Edited Books

Stewart, T., & Webster, N. S. (Eds.). (2011). Exploring cultural dynamics and tensions within service-learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. (ISBN: 978-1-61735-465-6).

 Stewart, T., & Webster, N. S. (Eds.). (2010). Problematizing service-learning: Critical reflections for development and action. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. (ISBN: 978-1-61735-210-2).

Select Professional Presentations and Technical Reports 

Technical publications

Webster, N. (2016). El activismo y el compromiso entre los adultos jóvenes Nicaragua. Revista Senderos Universitarios. UNICA. Nicaragua.

Webster, N. (2015). Girls, Globalization and Science: Creating a culture of New Scientists on a Global Scale. June 2015, p. 13. Magazine des Journey Enterprises 2iE available at             ENTREPRISES.pdf

Webster, N. (2015). Agriculture and Youth Development State of Global Youth? Agricultural Education and Training Good Practices. Innovate Project available at

Related Teaching Efforts

Instructor— AYFCE 535 Youth Civic Engagement 

Instructor—AEE 820 International Agriculture and Development 

Instructor — CED 230 International Economic Development

Awards and news

Fulbright Specialist Awards 

  • Speaker to reflect on culture and student engagement in Nicaragua

  • Kosovo Chose Me
  • Penn State researcher's work empowers youth to be change agents--