• Dr. Christie BrungardtChristie Brungardt

    Dr. Christie Brungardt is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Director of the Women’s Leadership Project, and co-founder of the Center for Civic Leadership at Fort Hays State University. She specializes in women and leadership and women studies. She has developed and implemented many of Fort Hays State’s civic engagement programs and activities.

    Christie publishes and presents in the fields of civic engagement, leadership development and gender issues in leadership. She has received the University’s Outstanding Service Award and twice been a finalist for the University’s Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2008 she received the University’s Adviser of the Year Award and in September 2011 she was awarded the Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ Ev Kohls Equal Opportunity Award.

    Christie’s hobbies include reading, gardening, and enjoying friends and family at the Council Grove City Lake.

  • Rob CatlettRob 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.

  • Jeanette ClausenJeanette Clausen

    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 SeungJa Doe

    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-GoldmanJennifer M. Domagal-Goldman

    Jennifer Domagal-Goldman is the National Manager of the American Democracy Project at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. 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 in English from the University of Rochester. Jennifer’s dissertation research focused on how faculty participation in a multidisciplinary community of practice affected their undergraduate teaching practices with regard to teaching for civic purposes and with community-engaged pedagogies in their disciplinary courses. The study has practical and theoretical implications for advancing student learning outcomes and civic engagement and for understanding and enhancing faculty development initiatives. Jennifer holds an ex-officio position on the eJournal of Public Affairs’ Editorial Board.

  • Darrell Hamlin, Ph.D.Darrell Hamlin

    Darrell A. Hamlin 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, and is a Senior Fellow in the Center for Civic Leadership at Fort Hays State University. His scholarship, teaching, and service have received awards, and he has been the recipient of grants for research and for educational development. Hamlin is an affiliate faculty member with the Kansas Leadership Center, and he also contributes commentary for print and broadcast media. As a writer, educator, consultant and coach, he focuses on civic renewal, leadership, and expanded narratives of public life.

  • Keisha Hoerrner

    Dr. Keisha L. Hoerrner is Dean of University College at Kennesaw State University and co-chair of KSU’s American Democracy Project.  She was named a National First-Year Student Advocate in 2014 and is active in advancing the emerging discipline of first-year studies.  She is active in the community serving on several Boards of Directors and 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 KahlChad 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 KerbyMolly Kerby

    Molly Kerby, MPH, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Diversity & Community Studies at Western Kentucky University and a faculty member in the 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 her Ph.D. program educational leadership at the University of Louisville in 2007. Dr. Kerby’s educational and research interests focus primarily on issues pertaining to social justice, community-based research, food insecurity & place, and sustainability and resilience. In addition to her interests in traditional classroom teaching, she teaches service-learning based courses in an African Kriol village in Gales Point, Belize.

  • BrandonKliewerBrandon Kliewer

    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.

  • Dr. Peter LevinePeter Levine

    Peter Levine is the Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. 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.

  • PaulMarkhamPaul Markham

    Paul N. Markham is Director of Community-Based Learning & Research and Affiliate Faculty of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. His work focuses on building collaborative infrastructures for public engagement – including curriculum and administrative support structures. Markham’s scholarship centers on the themes of public work, community organizing, civic engagement, and CBLR. He is the recipient of the 2012 John Saltmarsh Award for emerging leaders in civic engagement.

  • Dr. Daisy PignettiDaisy Pignetti

    Daisy Pignetti is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where she also directs the undergraduate program in Professional Communication and Emerging Media. She teaches courses in rhetoric and composition, digital humanities, and participatory culture, and has shared her best practices for using blogs and Twitter in the writing classroom at The Teaching Professor Technology Conference and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

    A proud New Orleans native, she has presented her ongoing research on citizen journalism and social media use in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to the Oxford Internet Institute and the Association of Internet Researchers. She has been published in Computers and Composition Online, Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy and, most recently, in the edited collection 10 Years After Katrina.

  • Dr. John W PresleyJohn Presley

    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.

  • ChapmanRChapman Rackaway

    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.

  • Frank E. Ross, Ph.D.Frank E. Ross

    Dr. Frank E. Ross is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Previously, he served as the Associate Provost for Student Success at the University of North Texas at Dallas, and before that as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. Dr. Ross earned a Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University; M.A. in adult and community education from Ball State University; M.A.E. in student affairs from Western Kentucky University; and B.S. in psychology from Ball State University. He also completed the Management Development Program though the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. His publications and presentation topics focus on learning communities and enhancing civic engagement in the first-year experience.

  • John SaltmarshJohn Saltmarsh

    John is the 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 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 with Matt Hartley 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.

  • Dr. Mike StoutMike Stout

    Dr. Mike Stout is an associate professor of Sociology at Missouri State University, and Director of the university’s Center for Community Engagement. His research interests are in the area of social capital, civic engagement, and community and economic development. 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, Ph.D.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 WhitakerBrett 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 ZompettiJoseph 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.