ADP along with Metropolitan State University of Denver were honored last week at the first ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Awards Ceremony. More than 40 ADP campuses also earned seals of achievement.
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On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, National Voter Registration Day, James Madison University officially launched it’s new James Madison Center for Civic Engagement.
The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement will provide critical support for the University’s efforts to be a national model for civic engagement and to advance the legacy of James Madison; ensure strategic visibility for the University’s civic engagement efforts; track and record curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular civic engagement activities; funnel data to and from different units on camps as a one-stop civic engagement resource center; and disseminate information broadly to both internal and external constituents.
More than 50 guests — faculty, staff and students — gathered in Madison Union to hear remarks from inaugural executive director and associate professor of political science Abe Goldberg; JMU president Jon Alger; ADP’s Jen Domagal-Goldman; the Center’s associate director, Bill Wilson; and student Samantha Cantrell from the student government association. Samantha and President Alger then registered a student to vote during the ceremony.
JMU has played an increasingly prominent role in our American Democracy Project and is being awarded one of AASCU’s three inaugural Civic Learning and Community Engagement Awards this fall. We look forward to continued collaborations with JMU and its new Center.
JMU and the new James Madison Center for Civic Engagement truly are Madison’s legacy. He was an ardent advocate for higher education and wrote in an 1822 letter, “Learned institutions throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty….What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of liberty and learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support.”
Liberty and learning do indeed go hand-in-hand and we at ADP look forward to watching both flourish at JMU.
ADP is excited to announce our inaugural cohort of ADP Civic Fellows. These six ADP Civic Fellows will explore assessment, research and programmatic efforts that enact and support ADP’s mission and national work during a one-year renewable term. ADP invited applicants for this opportunity designed to give professionals/scholars in our network a national platform to develop their research and programmatic ideas that correlate with on-going ADP initiatives on a national scale.
Each of the six ADP Civic Fellows will receive support from the ADP national office in the form of programmatic opportunities (e.g., webinars, conference presentations), publication opportunities (e.g., blog posts, monographs, reports and journal articles), leadership opportunities (e.g., serving on steering committee and/or appropriate initiative and/or network teams) and free registration to an appropriate AASCU event /conference. ADP Civic Fellows will be part of a cohort experience and will work closely with our national manager and steering committee to design and advance ADP national initiatives.
Please join us in welcoming Mike, David, Steve, Morgan, Molly and Leah!
2017 ADP Civic Fellows
Mike Caulfield is the director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver. Caulfield was actively involved in ADP’s eCitizenship Initiative in 2009 and is the leader of the more recent Digital Polarization Initiative, otherwise known as DigiPo. Caulfield’s dedication to advancing online community learning and ensuring informed civic engagement brings life to DigiPo’s goals of building student web literacy and involving students in a cross-institutional project to fact-check, annotate, and provide context to news stories.
The Digital Polarization Initiative, Caulfield’s work as a Civic Fellow in partnership with ADP, hopes to eliminate the spread and normalization of “fake news,” the pervasiveness of online “callout culture,” state-sponsored hacking campaigns that breed distrust, and the impact of algorithmic behavior that prevents users from viewing online content from more than one perspective. It is Caulfield and ADP’s hope that students will learn not only to be more discerning of the information they trust but also how to help fix the problems in our current information environment
David Hoffman, the Assistant Director of Student Life for Civic Agency at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is an ADP Civic Fellow with a plan to affect change. A dedicated, long-time member of UMBC’s community, Hoffman understands theory, service, civic engagement and leadership.
Hoffman has already been heavily involved in ADP’s work in recent years, first as a member of the steering committee and later as a member of several Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) planning committees. Hoffman’s “Theory of Change” was an integral part of the 2017 CLDE meeting, prompting critical conversations about our democracy. Hoffman hopes to expand and improve his Theory of Change in partnership with ADP and then explore its impact at the 2018 CLDE meeting.
Stephen Hunt, professor and Executive Director of the School of Communication at Illinois State University in Normal, IL is ADP Civic Fellow for Political Engagement. Hunt specializes in instructional communication, debate and communication pedagogy. His research reflects his interest in the pedagogy of civic and political engagement, critical thinking and analysis and the assessment of communication skills. Hunt’s dedication to training students and educating them about communication and speech will lend to his work with ADP and his expertise will help improve ADP’s programming.
In partnership with ADP, Hunt plans to lead a new research project on nonpartisan political learning and engagement and spearhead the ADP political engagement learning network. Hunt will bring his wealth of research experience and deep prowess in communication pedagogy to ADP to inspire change and growth in the network.
Morgan Lewing is an assistant professor of Educational Leadership at Texas A&M-Central Texas and an ADP Civic Fellow for faculty development. His research primarily focuses on the relationship between faculty member’s commitment to service-learning and the support provided by their institutions. A recent area of interest centers on millennial faculty members committed to community engagement, and Lewing hopes to leverage his findings towards the development of intentionally designed ADP programs providing support to early-career faculty members.
Specifically, in partnership with the ADP, Lewing will lead a new research project aimed at identifying motivations, perceptions, and needed areas of professional development for early-career faculty members that engage, or may be interested in, community engagement. These findings will then be utilized to ground the design of an ADP Early-Career Faculty Institute that attempts to build understanding and capacity in future community engagement leaders.
Molly Kerby is an associate professor in the Department of Diversity & Community Studies and Director of Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) at Western Kentucky University (WKU). Her current research and teaching focuses on issues pertaining to assessment in higher education, organizational sustainability/resilience, democratic engagement, and community-based research. She has been an active member of the American Democracy Project since 2004.
Kerby will serve as a Civic Fellow for assessment and will chair ADP’s new civic assessment learning network, providing a stimulus for ADP to re-envision assessment practices. The first, and foremost, part of the plan creates a collaborative group of highly experienced assessment researchers and academic faculty who are involved in creating civic and democratic engagement projects at ADP schools. The goal is to identify current best practices in assessment, evaluation, and data collection methods that address immediate and future demands. In the second phase of this project, the collaborative team will begin creating an assessment plan to empirically measure the impact of ADP on member institutions. Although the design of this effort will grow organically through collaboration, the proposed the blueprint will be grounded in the theoretical notions of risk and resilience.
Leah Murray, is both a professor of Political Science and Philosophy and the Democratic Engagement Coordinator in the Center for Community Engaged Learning at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. Murray dedicated her own education to studying political science and is now committed to educating her students about government and politics. Murray’s courses are particularly relevant in this political climate and undoubtedly guide and her inform students on their path to become civically engaged citizens. Murray’s devotion to community service and her desire to advance the effectiveness of the American Democracy Project make her Civil Fellowship all the more timely and meaningful.
As a Civic Fellow, Murray intends to improve how information about ADP’s work is spread. Murray feels that not all members of ADP can attend the yearly Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference and therefore do not have adequate access to all the important information spread at these meetings. Murray intends to create a protocol to gather information from these conferences and distribute it using various means through various networks so that the information becomes more accessible. Smooth communication is an important part of what makes any organization function and with Murray’s help, expertise and dedication ADP hopes to improve these connections.
ADP’s Digital Polarization Initiative is led by ADP Civic Fellow Mike Caulfield of Washington State University, Vancouver. WSUV’s Fall 2017 magazine Northwest Crimson & Gray features a cover story about Mike and this important work.
In part the story suggests that “In the internet era, it is more difficult than ever to be able to separate fact from fiction” (p. 2). The article suggests a set of websites for fact-check on the web, tells the story of Mike’s interest in this work and shares a set of strategies for fast fact-checking (from reading laterally to going upstream to the original source).
As Mike suggests, “The web is both the largest propaganda machine ever created and the most amazing fact-checking tool ever invented. But if we haven’t taught our students those capabilities, is it any surprise that propaganda is winning? (p. 5).
Learn more about Mike, WSUV and ADP’s Digital Polarization Initiative in this News and Misinformation article.
FSU was designated a Voter Friendly Campus by the Campus Vote Project for its efforts to engage students in the 2016 election — one of just two Maryland schools named to the list of 83 American campuses. Now FSU is joining a national network to complement existing efforts to engage students in the democratic process.
“ADP is a very good fit with the direction we are moving in — especially the partnership between my office, the J. Glenn Beall Institute and the Student Government Association,” said Patrick O’Brien, director of FSU’s Office of Civic Engagement, which spearheads democratic engagement efforts. “Our three entities have really been working together to get students more engaged in our democracy.”
Participating in ADP will give Frostburg faculty, staff and students access to a national network of peers and resources related to civic learning and community engagement.
“The American Democracy Project will be both a resource and an opportunity for FSU students seeking to grow into future civic leaders,” said SGA President James Kirk. “For many students, college is the period in our lives when we learn the immense value in becoming active and informed citizens, allowing us to witness the positive impacts we can make in our communities.”
Over the past two years, Frostburg’s SGA and the Beall Institute co-sponsored a series of events with O’Brien’s office to encourage engagement with the 2016 election. A campus-wide voter registration drive ensured every eligible student was able to register before the election. Town hall meetings fostered discussion and debate of pressing issues and potential solutions, including a caucus night where students experienced an Iowa-style caucus. Other events included a presidential debate viewing series, debates about foreign and domestic issues and a mock election night.
Participating in ADP will connect Frostburg with resources to boost democratic participation, such as guides to engaging students, online tools to check voter status and facilitate registration, informational webinars, national civic learning and democratic engagement meetings, special days of action and reflection, speaker series and award programs.
“ADP’s values are very much aligned with what Frostburg wants to do with democratic engagement,” said O’Brien.
AASCU founded the American Democracy Project in 2003 to produce college and university graduates with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and experiences needed to be informed, engaged community members. ADP member institutions can be found in 46 states and Washington, D.C.
For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu/sci/civic-engagement-home.