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Rob Catlett

Rob Catlett studied under Campbell R. McConnell at the University of Nebraska before joining the faculty at Emporia State University in Kansas. He thoroughly enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate economics courses along with an occasional first-year-experience class. His scholarly interests range from analytical economics to academically based student civic engagement. The findings of his research are published in a variety of academic journals. He is the Director of the ESU Centers for Economic Education and Community Research. He is associated with the American Democracy Project and is a member of the e-Citizenship Executive Committee. In addition, he is on an advisory board to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and works with a variety of organizations far beyond the bounds of the ESU campus.

Jeannette Clausen, Ph.D.

Jeanette Clausen is Professor of German at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). She came to UALR in 2007 after retiring from Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she served for ten years as an associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. At UALR, she served as chair of the International and Second Language Studies Department before returning to full-time teaching in 2010. Her publications include articles on faculty roles and rewards, faculty development, German women writers, and a book translation (Irmtraud Morgner, The Life and Adventures of Trobadora Beatrice as Chronicled by her Minstrel Laura. A Novel in Thirteen Books and Seven Intermezzos (University of Nebraska Press, 2000). She is a regular reviewer for TIA (To Improve the Academy), the journal of POD.

Sondra Seunja Doe, Ph.D.

Professor Sondra SeungJa Doe taught graduate and undergraduate students at Indiana University, California State University, and at University of Southern Maine and now she teaches at Woosong University, College of Health and Welfare in the Republic of Korea (R.O.K.). She served on the editorial board of the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work Education and was a member of the Commission on Global Social Work Education of the Council of Social Work Education in the U.S.A. She was an U.S. Fulbright scholar in the R.O.K. and currently serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Community Practice. She is also the president of the Association of Global Social Welfare and the vice president of the Association of Global Youth Studies based in the R.O.K. Professor Doe presented and published various articles in the areas of macro social work, spirituality and leadership, civil society and faith communities, global civil society, and multiethnic youths.

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, Ph.D.

Jennifer Domagal-Goldman directs the American Democracy Project, a civic learning and democratic engagement network of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). She earned her doctorate in higher education from the Pennsylvania State University. She received her master's degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont and a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester. Jennifer's dissertation focused on how faculty learn to incorporate civic learning and engagement in their undergraduate teaching within their academic discipline, for which she received the 2011 IARSLCE honorable mention dissertation award. Jennifer holds an ex-officio position on the eJournal of Public Affairs' editorial board. She has contributed to a number of democratic engagement publications including authoring or co-authoring chapters in Reimagining Democratic Societies: A New Era of Personal and Social Responsibility (2013) and Becoming a Steward of Place: Four Areas of Institutional Focus (2014), as well as co-authoring a chapter on institutional characteristics and student civic outcomes in Research on Student Civic Outcomes in Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Methods (2016).

Darrell Hamlin, Ph.D.

Darrell A. Hamlin is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Fort Hays State University. He holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University, and a B.A. in American Studies from Baylor University. He has taught fulltime on the faculties of Rutgers University, Spring Hill College, and Fort Hays State University. A Senior Fellow at the Center for Civic Leadership at Fort Hays State University, Hamlin is also the leadership coach for students in FHSU's Honors College. His scholarship, teaching, and service have received awards, and he has been the recipient of grants for research and for educational development. As a writer, educator, consultant and coach, he focuses on civic renewal, leadership, and expanded narratives of public life.

Keisha Hoerrner, Ph.D.

Dr. Keisha L. Hoerrner is the Chair for the Department of First-Year Programs and a Professor of Communication who teaches first-year seminars. She was Co-Editor of the Journal of Learning Communities Research and is a member of the Editorial Board for the e-Journal of Public Affairs. Dr. Hoerrner is dedicated to global political engagement and is co-faculty advisor for the KSU chapter of the ONE Campaign, a national grassroots advocacy group working to end extreme poverty and hunger. She served as the 2007 Chair of the Darfur Urgent Action Coalition of Georgia, a statewide coalition of faith-based, human rights and advocacy groups. She has held leadership roles in modern-day abolitionist organizations working to end human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Hoerrner holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in communication from Kennesaw State College.

Chad Kahl

Chad Kahl is the Subject Specialist Librarian for Criminal Justice, Law, Military Science and Politics & Government at Illinois State University’s Milner Library. He chairs the campus’ Political Engagement Project Coordinating Council, is a member of the American Library Association Center for Public Life Advisory Council and the Living Democracy Project of Bloomington-Normal. He received an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. From UIUC, he also received an M.S. in Political Science in 1996 and a B.A. from UIUC with majors in Political Science and History in 1993. He is the author of International Relations, International Security, and Comparative Politics: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources book and has co-authored and -presented on a number of civic and political engagement activities at ISU.

Molly Kerby, Ph.D.

Dr. Molly Kerby is an assistant professor in the gender & women’s studies program at Western Kentucky University and a faculty member in the new Masters of Arts in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities (SRSC) degree program. She completed her undergraduate degree in sociology and environmental science in 1994, her master’s degree in public health/environmental health, in 1999 at Western Kentucky University, and completed her Ph.D. program in higher education administration at the University of Louisville in 2007. She also holds graduate certificates in Women’s Studies and Community College Faculty Preparation. Dr. Kerby’s educational and research interests have focused primarily on issues pertaining gender, service-learning, civic engagement, and sustainability. In addition to her interests in traditional classroom teaching, she teaches service-learning based courses in Ireland and Belize that encourage students.

Brandon Kliewer, Ph.D.

Brandon W. Kliewer, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of civic engagement and campus director of the American Democracy Project at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is also an associate scholar at Points of Light working with a consortium of campus-community partnerships developing community-engaged leadership certificate programming. He is currently working on a series of research projects related to civic dialogue, community organizing, and social change. Kliewer holds a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in political science and a Master’s degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Peter Levine, Ph.D.

Peter Levine is the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. Levine is the author of We are the Ones We have been Waiting for: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, 2013), five other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. He has served on the boards or steering committees of AmericaSpeaks, Street Law Inc., the Newspaper Association of America Foundation, the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, the Kettering Foundation, the American Bar Association Committee’s for Public Education, the Paul J. Aicher Foundation, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

Daisy Pignetti, Ph.D.

Daisy Pignetti is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. While she was hired as a Rhetoric and Composition generalist, her teaching of the upper-level course, Advanced Rhetoric, led to a more involved role in the Professional Communication and Emerging Media program and eventually the newly created Master of Science in Technical and Professional Communication program.

A proud New Orleans native, she has presented her research on citizen journalism and social media use in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the Oxford Internet Institute and Association of Internet Researchers. She has been published in Computers and Composition Online and Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy and her book chapter on blogs is part of Hampton Press’s New Dimensions in Computers and Composition series.

John Presley, Ph.D.

John Woodrow Presley is now an independent scholar, having most recently served as Professor of English at Illinois State University. Dr. Presley also served as Provost at Illinois State, at a SUNY college, at Lafayette College, and as Dean of Arts, Science, and Letters at University of Michigan. He continues to write about British literature, with an interest in the intersections of popular culture and the works of James Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, and Robert Graves. He has published some 13 books, including a collection of his poetry, and is a frequent contributor and editor in the fields of religion, popular culture, modern British literature, travel culture, and education. His most recent publications include: “Civic Engagement and Critical Pedagogy,” in Education as Civic Engagement: Toward a More Democratic Society. Palgrave Macmillan; as well as The Future of Higher Education: Perspectives from America’s Academic Leaders, with Gary A. Olson, Paradigm Publishers.

Chapman Rackaway, Ph.D.

Chapman Rackaway is a Professor of Political Science at Fort Hays State University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2003. Rackaway’s research interests focus on campaign strategy and communications as well as civic participation, and partisan movements. Using technology to advance student learning and collaboration are part of Dr. Rackaway’s core teaching agenda. As former Campus Coordinator for the FHSU American Democracy Project and leader of the campus’ eCitizenship initiative, Rackaway strives to use technology to engage students and activate particpation in American democracy. Rackaway is the author of American Government: Political Culture in an Online World, 6th Edition, from Kendall-Hunt Publishing.

John Saltmarsh, Ph.D.

John is the Co-Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston as well as a faculty member in the Higher Education Administration Doctoral Program in the College of Education and Human Development. He leads the project in which NERCHE serves as the administrative partner with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for Carnegie’s elective Community Engagement Classification. He is the author, most recently, of an edited volume “To Serve a Larger Purpose:” Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (2011) and a book with Edward Zlotkowski, Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (2011). He holds a Ph.D. in American History from Boston University and taught for over a decade at Northeastern University and as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College.

Dr. Mike Stout

Dr. Mike Stout is an assistant professor of Sociology at Missouri State University. His research interests are in the area of social capital and civic engagement. In 2010 Dr. Stout and two other MSU sociologists collaborated with the National Conference on Citizenship to produce the "Missouri Civic Health Index," a report summarizing the empirical indicators of civic health for the state of Missouri. Dr. Stout is also the coordinator of the Ozarks Regional Social Capital Study (ORSCS), an ongoing project that tracks levels of social capital and civic engagement in Southwest Missouri. Funded by a local coalition of private, philanthropic, and public contributions the ORSCS is a valuable source of information for community and civic leaders in the Ozarks.

J. Cherie Strachan

J. Cherie Strachan is the Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor of Political Science at Central Michigan University. Her teaching and research interests include a concern for identifying classroom pedagogy and campus environments that trigger civic engagement. Recent publications in this are area explore the impact of classroom deliberation and student organizations on students’ civic identities and political skills.

Brett Whitaker

Brett Whitaker is a faculty member and administrator in the Department of Leadership Studies at Fort Hays State University (FHSU). He has developed courses and programming around global issues, leadership, and futurism at FHSU. Mr. Whitaker teaches both on-campus and with several international partnerships in China. He has developed and utilized a number of blended learning models and innovative curricular structures. His research interests include leadership, global leadership, global issues, futurism, and curricular design. Mr. Whitaker is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Leadership at Indiana Tech.

Dr. Joseph Zompetti

Joseph P. Zompetti (Ph.D.) is an associate professor in the School of Communication at Illinois State University. He has published and presented extensively on the intersection of communication and civic engagement.