• 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 in higher education grounded in community-campus collaboration to build a broader public culture of democracy committed to equity.

    The award recipient will receive a commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition, will be asked to be an advisor to ADP’s executive director, will have ex officio seat on the ADP Steering Committee, and can meet quarterly with John Saltmarsh and the ADP director. 


      John Saltmarsh 2021

      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 recognizes emerging higher education leaders whose community partnership work is grounded in reciprocity, mutual respect, shared authority, and co-creation of goals and outcomes. The award was named in John Saltmarsh’s honor to recognize a long-standing passion of his: nurturing and preparing the next generation of higher education leaders (staff, faculty, or administrators) to sustain and advance the civic engagement movement. Emerging leaders demonstrate contributions in the areas of practice, institutionalization, and scholarship.

      John Saltmarsh is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has published widely on community engaged teaching, learning and research, and organizational change in higher education, including the co-edited book Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (2016), and the edited volume with Matthew Hartley, ‘To Serve a Larger Purpose:’ Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (2011). He is the co-author of the “Democratic Engagement White Paper” (NERCHE, 2009) and “Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Public Engagement in Higher Education” (Columbia University Law School: Center for Institutional and Social Change, 2011). From 2005-2016 he served as the Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). From 1998-2005 he was the director of the national program on Integrating Service with Academic Study at Campus Compact.


      Past Recipients

      • 2022: Bekah Selby, Emporia State University (KS)
      • 2021: Margot Morgan, Indiana University Southeast
      • 2019: Allison Rank, State University of New York at Oswego
      • 2018: Nicholas Hartlep, Metropolitan State University in Minnesota
      • 2017: Danielle Lake, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, Grand Valley State University (MI)
      • 2016: Jennifer Purcell, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Kennesaw State University (GA)
      • 2015: Adam Bush, Chief Academic Officer, College Unbound
      • 2015: Lane Graves Perry, Director of Service Learning, Western Carolina University (NC)
      • 2014: Bethany Fleck, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
      • 2013: Brandon Kliewer, Assistant Professor of Civic Engagement and ADP Campus Director, Florida Gulf Coast University
      • 2012: Emily Janke, Special Assistant for Community Engagement, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
      • 2012: Paul Markham, Assistant Professor and Co-Director at the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, Western Kentucky University
      • 2011: Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project


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