From 2015 – 2019, I served as the inaugural faculty fellow for the Salem State University Center for Civic Engagement. In this position, I was responsible for helping to develop the center’s vision and mission, marketing and outreach, and core civic engagement programming. I served as the chair of the university-wide civic engagement committee, liaison for the Center’s community advisory board and community partner organizations, and supervisor for some of the student workers. I helped build and maintain strong relationships with city leaders, elected officials, community stakeholders, and other critical partners inside and outside the university.

Programs and events I helped coordinate/plan:

Faculty professional development workshops I developed and provided for full- and part-time faculty and staff members include:

  • Civic Engagement Institute: 3-day institute on civic learning, civic learning with engagement, and service-learning
  • Civic learning forums
  • Community partner networking events
  • Faculty Learning Community on civic learning

One of my largest achievements in this role was in helping the university attain Carnegie Community Engagement classification status. As the lead writer and co-organizer of this effort, I helped to identify strong baselines to map civic engagement across the university and surrounding communities, including analyzing key metrics and qualitative data gathered from students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners.