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What We’re Reading: New Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement Issue

We recommend reading the latest issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE), a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal  published by the University of Georgia. JHEOE is dedicated to advancing theory and practice related to outreach and engagement between higher education and communities.

Journal of Higher and Education Outreach and Engagement HeaderIn the latest issue, volume 21, No. 2, JHEOE authors address opposing perspectives on the purpose of engagement and tensions and contradictions in the relationships between communities and universities, among many other topics. Authors view community engagement from multiple conceptual perspectives, including community-based learning, collaborative relationships and faculty development and engagement as a strategy for justice. The reflective essays, research articles, projects, and book reviews in this issue provide new insight into challenges and explore problems to an even greater depth.

The journal is available here.

Reflective Essays:

Research Articles:

Projects with Promise:

Book Reviews:

ADP Reopens Civic Fellows Application — Due August 18

By Cameron Lee, ADP Intern, AASCU

Professionals and scholars once again have the opportunity to become ADP Civic Fellows, a new initiative of the American Democracy Project. Civic Fellows will have the span of a one-year renewable term to develop their own research and ideas to design and advance ADP programming on a national scale. The Civic Fellowship is a cohort experience and members will receive support from the ADP national office in the form of programmatic, publication and leadership opportunities, as well as free registration to an AASCU event or conference. Working closely with Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager, and the steering committee, Civic Fellows will ultimately explore assessment, research, and programmatic efforts related to ADP’s civic learning and democratic engagement mission and affect change within ADP.

Although four Civic Fellows (to be publicly announced in August) have already been accepted, ADP is reopening applications to expand the reach of this opportunity.

Applications are now due on Friday, August 18th, 2017 and they must be submitted to Jennifer Domagal-Goldman at no later than then. For questions, please contact Jennifer Domagal-Goldman at 202-478-7833 and click here for further information about the program.

The application can be found here.


ADP in the News | July 14, 2017 Edition

ADP in the News is a compilation of brief updates about American Democracy Project (ADP) activities at participating colleges and universities and is a semi-regular news feature on our blog. Below you will find the latest edition of this series.

If you have an ADP event you’d like posted in this format, please email

Grand Valley State University Professor Granted John Saltmarsh Civic Engagement Award
Danielle Lake, a professor at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), was recently awarded the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement by AASCU’s American Democracy Project. Professor Lake teaches in the liberal studies department in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and specializes in public philosophy, feminist pragmatism and transdisciplinarity. Faculty, staff, and students of GVSU worked together to nominate Professor Lake for the award and she expressed her immense gratitude towards their faith in her: “I am by far most honored and humbled by the support of my students, community partners, faculty and staff at GVSU. I was also blown away to be acknowledged by the American Democracy Project. The words they (have) written on my behalf and their belief in me and the work we have done together will be a source of deep joy, comfort and motivation as I move forward.” Read more here.

Fort Hays State University and ADP Schedule “Times Talks”
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) plans to host a series of “Times Talks” this fall in partnership with ADP and sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership. The subjects of these short presentations, based on relevant and recent New York Times articles, will range from civic engagement to political engagement to education on specific social or political issues. FHSU’S ADP already has several speakers scheduled but is looking for more ideas for presentations. Find out more here.

Barbara Burch Award Winner and ADP National Steering Committee Member Joins The State University of New York at New Paltz
Dr. Shala Mills, recent recipient of the AASCU’S Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement will be joining The State University of New York at New Paltz on August 28 as their new Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Extended Learning. Dr. Mills is currently the Director of Liberal Education and both chair and professor of political science at Fort Hays State University. She has taught courses in law and courts, political issues, sustainability, food and politics and global challenges and has been involved in a wide range of service both at FHSU and in higher education as a whole. Dr. Mills “look[s] forward to helping the university expand its reputation for excellence by increasing opportunities to better meet the needs of students.” Read more here.

William M. Plater Award Winner, UMBC at CLDE 2017
Philip Rous, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) was granted the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement at the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in June. Rous created courses at UMBC that challenged the barriers between a university and the outside world and encouraged civic engagement. President Freeman Hrabowski was also in attendance at CLDE, delivering the opening remarks, as well several other UMBC faculty, staff, students, and alumnae. UMBC’s strong presence at CLDE demonstrates its passion for ADP and civic engagement. Learn more here.

Campus Spotlight: James Madison University
Margaret M. Mulrooney, Associate Vice Provost for University Programs and Professor of History at James Madison University wrote a blog post about civic engagement and the importance of James Madison’s legacy to her institution. Read the full post here.




ADP’s Civic Engagement Newsletter | June 2017 Edition

To view this newsletter in its original online format, go here.

ADP CE Newsletter HeaderWelcome to the second issue of ADP’s ADP’s Civic Engagement Newsletter in our new format. We hope you’ll take a moment to catch up on our latest work and learn about upcoming events and opporunities for engagement.

Be sure to also subscribe to the ADP blog for the latest news and updates!

– Jen Domagal-Goldman, ADP National Manager

ADP Civic Engagement Award Recipients

On Thursday, June 8, ADP honored three outstanding leaders in civic engagement: The Barbara Burch Award is granted to a senior faculty member; the William M. Plater Award is granted to a chief academic officer; and the John Saltmarsh Award is granted to an early-career faculty or staff member.

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Danielle Lake, Philip Rous and Shala Mills (left to right). Photo by Greg Dohler.

The 2017 award recipients are:

  • Barbara Burch Award: Shala A. Mills, chair and professor of political science at Fort Hays State University (Kans.)
  • William M. Plater Award: Philip Rous, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
  • John Saltmarsh Award: Danielle Lake, assistant professor of liberal studies & inclusion and equity faculty associate at Grand Valley State University (Mich.)

Learn more about these fantastic award recipients and our annual awards program here.

2017 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in Review

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Visual Journalism of the CLDE 2017 Opening Plenary by Ellen Lovelidge

More than 600 faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations gathered in Baltimore, Md. earlier this month for our 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) meeting. Learn more about the conference, the speakers and our new emergent theory of change here.

And be sure to save the date: we’ll reconvene in Anaheim, California for our 2018 CLDE meeting from June 6-8.

Digital Polarization Initiative | #DigiPo

ADP’s Digital Polarization Initiative, or “DigiPo”, is an effort to build student information and web literacy by having students participate in a broad, cross-institutional project to fact-check, annotate, and provide context to the different news stories that show up in our Twitter and Facebook feeds.

Check out these articles about DigiPo to explore more:

This NeimanLab story highlights how DigiPo encourages students to consider the context and origin of information in today’s highly saturated digital environment.

A recent EDUCAUSEreview article provides an in-depth explanation of DigiPo’s mission, means of operation, and collaboration with non-profit to create a “DigiPo toolkit.”

To get involved in our DigiPo initiative, visit our wiki.

  • June 6-9, 2018: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting (CLDE) 2018
    (Anaheim, Calif.)



Digital Polarization Initiative Updates

You Should Join Our Wiki Project or Use Our Textbook

What is the Digital Polarization Initiative? Well, that’s complex. But joining the initiative and using it to transform your class is simple.

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