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What We’re Reading: Announcing the new ADP/TDC Book Club!

The American Democracy Project (ADP) and The Democracy Commitment (TDC) are teaming up to bring you What We’re Reading, a new ADP/TDC book club! We will launch What We’re Reading at the ADP/TDC 2012 national meeting, during a program session featuring To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (2011). ADP and TDC participants will be invited to nominate future books for What We’re Reading and will be invited to contribute book reviews and facilitate book discussions on their campuses, through webinars, and at future ADP/TDC meetings.

You can read the Introduction to To Serve a Larger Purpose (Temple University Press, 2011) here.

You can read Jen Domagal-Goldman’s book review of To Serve a Larger Purpose featured in AASCU’s spring 2012 Public Purpose magazine here.


Announcing a Featured Session at ADP/TDC 2012
Saturday, June 9 | 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Putting Democratic Engagement to Work on Campus: A Conversation with John Saltmarsh, co-editor of To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (2011).

"To Serve a Larger Purpose"This session is focused on a discussion among participants on issues, challenges and questions from the chapters and the critique offered in the book. One point of conversation might be putting the conceptual framework of “democratic engagement” in place on campus, providing concrete strategies for using the book, To Serve a Larger Purpose: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education to implement change. Collectively we can discuss strategies for faculty, staff, administrators, students and community partners to implement democratic engagement on campus, drawing, in many cases, on campus examples.

Presenter: John Saltmarsh, Director, New England Resource Center for Higher Education and Co-Editor of To Serve a Larger Purpose

Book Details

“To Serve a Larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education
edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley, foreword by David Mathews

Temple University Press | 2011

To Serve a Larger Purpose” calls for the reclamation of the original democratic purposes of civic engagement and examines the requisite transformation of higher education required to achieve it. The contributors to this timely and relevant volume effectively highlight the current practice of civic engagement and point to the institutional change needed to realize its democratic ideals.

Using multiple perspectives, “To Serve a Larger Purpose” explores the democratic processes and purposes that reorient civic engagement to what the editors call “democratic engagement.” The norms of democratic engagement are determined by values such as inclusiveness, collaboration, participation, task sharing, and reciprocity in public problem solving and an equality of respect for the knowledge and experience that everyone contributes to education, knowledge generation, and community building. This book shrewdly rethinks the culture of higher education.


Preface • David Mathews

Introduction “To Serve a Larger Purpose” • John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley

1. Democratic Engagement • John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley
2. Idealism and Compromise and the Civic Engagement Movement • Matthew Hartley
3. Democratic Transformation through University-Assisted Community Schools • Lee Benson, Ira Harkavy, and John Puckett
4. Civic Professionalism • Harry C. Boyte and Eric Fretz
5. Collective Leadership for Engagement: Reclaiming the Public Purpose of Higher Education • William M. Plater
6. Chief Academic Officers and Community-Engaged Faculty Work • John Woodrow Presley
7. Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education: Higher Education’s Democratic Mission • Nancy Thomas and Peter Levine
8. Faculty Civic Engagement: New Training, Assumptions, and Markets Needed for the Engaged American Scholar • KerryAnn O’Meara
9. Putting Students at the Center of Civic Engagement • Rick M. Battistoni and Nicholas V. Longo
10. Civic Engagement on the Ropes? • Edward Zlotkowski
11. Remapping Education for Social Responsibility: Civic, Global, and U.S. Diversity • Caryn McTighe Musil
12. Sustained City-Campus Engagement: Developing an Epistemology for Our Time • Lorlene Hoyt
13. Conclusion: Creating the Democratically Engaged University—Possibilities for Constructive Action • Matthew Hartley and John Saltmarsh


About the Authors

John Saltmarsh is Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and is on the faculty of the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development.

Matthew Hartley is Associate Professor and Chair of the Higher Education Division at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

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