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ADP Faculty Feature: Richard Kendrick of SUNY Cortland Recognized with Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service

By Jennifer M. Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

The American Democracy Project is led by a very small national staff (me and the occasional intern). With such a limited staff, ADP relies heavily on the hard work and dedication of our faculty members and Campus Coordinators. Because of their vital contributions to ADP, we love to provide a national stage for their excellent work. Even more important, though, is the recognition that ADP Campus Coordinators receive on their own campuses.

A signature feature of the American Democracy Project is its focus on creating institutional intentionality for preparing informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. One way universities can be intentional about civic preparation of undergraduate students is by recognizing and rewarding faculty members for civic engagement work. The State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland understands this important component of institutional intentionality and that is why we are deeply supportive of SUNY’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

Please join me in congratulating Richard Kendrick, a long time ADP Campus Coordinator at SUNY Cortland, on his receipt of this important award. Richard is a Professor of Sociology/ Anthropology, the Director of the Institute for Civic Engagement, and has been SUNY Cortland’s ADP Coordinator since 2003. He also served for four years as Chair of the Sociology/Anthropology Department. As ADP Campus Coordinator, Richard served on the Electoral Voices Task Force and contributed a chapter entitled “Voter Education” with co-author Jim Perry to the 2006 ADP monograph, Electoral Voices: Engaging College Students in Elections. ADP applauds both Richard’s tireless efforts to educate informed, engaged citizens for our democracy and SUNY Cortland’s leadership in providing important incentives for faculty civic engagement.

See below for a press release describing Richard’s stellar work taken from the SUNY Cortland website.


Richard Kendrick

Kendrick becomes the eighth SUNY Cortland recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, which recognizes his extensive College service and leadership, as well as his specific contributions in the area of civic engagement since his appointment to the Sociology/Anthropology Department faculty in 1991.

He joined the College as a lecturer and was promoted to assistant professor in 1992. He became an associate professor in 1998 and a professor in 2005. Kendrick served as chair of his department while teaching and directing the Institute for Civic Engagement. He also has coordinated the All-College Honors Program.

A longtime proponent of community-based research, he has worked tirelessly with the City of Cortland on projects that include VISTA, AmeriCorps and the Cortland Community Assessment Team.

In 2003, he was appointed coordinator of the American Democracy Project. His dedication to the area of civic engagement resulted in his appointment as director of the Institute for Civic Engagement. In that role, he led the College’s successful effort to become the first SUNY school to achieve the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement classification. He also was instrumental in having the College named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for four consecutive years. Some of his campus-wide initiatives promote student voting during elections.

His external grants bring in significant funding for town-gown collaborative projects. Most recent is a Bringing Theory to Practice grant for $100,000 over two years. This project, done in partnership with the American Association of Colleges and Universities, will serve as a national model that will establish the critical connection between civic engagement and student well-being.

A frequent presenter and consultant at meetings of the Rotary Club and the New York State campus Compact chapters, he has served as a volunteer mediator for New Justice Conflict Resolution Services and a volunteer for Syracuse Habitat for Humanity. Within his profession, he is a reviewer for Michigan Journal of Community and Service Learning.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics from Wake Forest University and an Master of Public Administration from University of Georgia. Kendrick earned a Ph.D. in social science as well as a certificate in achievement in conflict analysis and resolution from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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