Lawrence Neil BailisLawrence Neil Bailis is an Associate Professor at the Heller School. He has been conducting high quality research and playing leadership roles in a wide variety of Corporation for National and Community Service-funded and other service programs for over two decades. He has served as Principal Investigator, Co-Principal Investigator, or Task Leader for projects including national evaluations of (what became) the Learn and Serve Higher Educator Program, the Community Higher Education School Partnership (CHESP), and the institutionalization of service-learning programs. He has also led studies of service-learning and related programs such as the Learning In Deed Initiative funded by the Kellogg Foundation, Active Citizenship Today (operated by the Constitutional Rights Foundation and Close-Up Foundations), Earth Force, and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, as well as additional service programs funded by the States of Massachusetts, Florida, and Illinois.
Bailis’ projects include a nationwide evaluation of America’s Promise; evaluations of several college access initiatives, including the GE Fund’s College Bound Program and the Rhode Island Children’s Crusade for Higher Education; evaluation of a comprehensive school to career initiative, Communities and Schools for Career Success, operating in Massachusetts and California; and a study of the impact of welfare reform on Massachusetts families.
Bailis is serving as a Brandeis Service Learning Fellow under a grant from the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Campus Compacts, and has five years of experience teaching service learning classes to Waltham High School seniors and juniors as part of a partnership between Brandeis and the Waltham school system that has been supported, in part, by the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Campus Compacts.
He serves as Vice Chair of the Massachusetts Service Alliance (the Massachusetts “Commission”) and Chair of its program committee. In this position he has overseen the AmeriCorps proposal review and grantmaking process in the state for four years, as well as related grantmaking for Commonwealth Corps (the state-funded version of AmeriCorps), service-learning, and mentoring programs.
Bailis is a Founder and Board Member the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program.
He regularly conducts training sessions on evaluation for nonprofit organizations and, as a visiting professor at Tufts University, Simmons College, and the Boston University School of Social Work, has taught graduate level courses on program evaluation for more than a decade. Larry received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and earned his Master's and Ph.D. at Harvard University.