Learning should be fun, meaningful, and co-created with learners (students). Spaces for learning should embody the practices and places we hope to create in our professional work. For me, this means valuing life experiences and practice wisdom, trying on co-determination, committing to practicing anti-racism and anti-colonialism in ways of gathering, talking, and working, and a steadfast ethos of care, inter-dependency, and community. It is premised, as much as possible in institutional forms of education or social work practice, on an ethic of invitation: what kind of world do we want to create as we gather in this moment? How do you want to be part of it?
Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Social Work and Youth Studies MSW University of Minnesota, Social Work
B.A. University of Minnesota, Cultural Studies and Philosophy
Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Field Seminar, and Social Work Research
Prior to Fall 2022 – Undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Minnesota in leadership development, youth development and youth studies, and instructional development.
My research agenda is learning, creating, using, and teaching strategies to build communally owned, just, and sustainable futures. My particular focus at present is on the political economy and ecology of data, including data collection, data use, data access/sharing, data economics and infrastructures, and the ideologies surrounding it. I identify the study of this, and of methods for transforming it, Community Informatics. This practice, and thus also my research and teaching, occur at the intersections of participatory research methods, youth leadership development, the history of social movements, and technology.
- Learning (Active, Experiential, Adaptive, Emergent), Youth Studies & Youth Work,
- Organizational & Leadership Development, Peer Production,
- Youth Participatory and Youth-Led Research & Program Evaluation, Youth Power,
- Community Informatics and Infrastructure, Data and Design Justice.
Fink, A., & VeLure Roholt, R. (2022). Surfacing Human Service Organizations’ Data Use Practices: Toward a Critical Performance Measurement Framework. The Journal of Community Informatics, 18. https://doi.org/10.15353/joci.v18i1.4712
Fink, A., & Brito, M. (2020). Real Big Data: How We Know Who We Know in Youth Work. Child & Youth Services, 1–29. https://doi.org/10.1080/0145935X.2020.1832888
Alexander, I. D., & Fink, A. (2018). Designing an inclusive intercultural online participatory seminar for higher education teachers and professionals. In N. B. Dohn, S. Cranmer, J. Sime, M. de Laat, & T. Ryberg (Eds.), Networked Learning: Research in Networked Learning (pp. 125–148). Springer International Publishing.
Fink, A. (2018). Bigger data, less wisdom: The need for more inclusive collective intelligence in social service provision. AI & Society, 33(1), 61–70. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-017-0719-2
Fink, A. (2015). We Don’t Want a Teacher: Using the Past to Offer Fresh Eyes to Contemporary Practice. Child & Youth Services, 36(1), 56–78. https://doi.org/10.1080/0145935x.2015.1015886
Wildermuth, C. de-M.-S.-. M., Smith-Bright, E., Noll-Wilson, S., & Fink, A. (2015). Walking the Razor?’s Edge: Risks and Rewards for Students and Faculty adopting Case in Point Teaching and Learning Approaches. Journal of Leadership Education, 14(2), 30–50. https://doi.org/10.12806/v14/i2/r3
Baizerman, M., Roholt, R. V. . V., & Fink, A. (2014). Evaluation Advisory Groups. Research on Social Work Practice, 24(2), 186–187. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731513485449
Brito, M., Fink, A., Friend, C., Heidebrink-Bruno, A., Moe, R., Shaffer, K., Robin, V., & Wharton, R. (2014). Love in the Time of Peer Review. Hybrid Pedagogy. https://hybridpedagogy.org/love- time-peer-review/
Soria, K., Fink, A., Lepkowski, C., & Snyder, L. (2013). Undergraduate Student Leadership and Social Change. Journal of College and Character, 14(3). https://doi.org/10.1515/jcc-2013-0031
Soria, K., Nobbe, J., & Fink, A. (2013). Examining the Intersections between Undergraduates’ Engagement in Community Service and Development of Socially Responsible Leadership. Journal of Leadership Education, 12(1), 117–139. https://doi.org/10.12806/V12/I1/117
Brito, M., & Fink, A. (2013). Learning from early childhood education—Higher ed and the process of becoming. Hybrid Pedagogy.
Baizerman, M. L., Fink, A., & VeLure Roholt, R. (2012). From consilium to advice: A review of the evaluation and related literature on advisory structures and processes. New Directions for Evaluation, 2012(136), 5–29. https://doi.org/10.1002/ev.20031