• The John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement

    The Saltmarsh Award is given in recognition of exemplary early-career leaders who are advancing the wider civic engagement movement through higher education to build a broader public culture of democracy. 

    Nominations for the Saltmarsh Award are due annually at the end of March.    


    About the Award

    In an effort to recognize, support and encourage the next generation of leaders in the civic engagement movement, the American Democracy Project established in 2011 a national award, the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement. The award was named in John Saltmarsh’s honor to recognize a long-standing passion of his: nurturing and preparing the next generation of civic leaders to sustain and advance the civic engagement movement. 

    John Saltmarsh is the Co-Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston as well as a faculty member in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development. He is the editor, with Matthew Hartley, of the edited volume, To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Temple, 2011). He is the author, with Edward Zlotkowski, of Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (Temple, 2011).

    The Saltmarsh Award is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in June. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition and a check for $500.

    To Serve a larger Purpose - cover In order to provide support for the Award in the future, the royalties from To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education are being donated in full to the award. We urge you to consider buying the book, not only for its content but also because your purchase of the book will help ensure the sustainability of the award. You can order the book through Temple University Press website.

    A special thank you to William Plater, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Emeritus at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, who generously supported the first two years of the award.

    Eligibility requirements and the nomination process can be found in the Saltmarsh Award & Nomination Information pdf.