NERCHE Director Honored for Lifetime Commitment to Community Engagement

On Wednesday, September 23, 2015, the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) inducted NERCHE director John Saltmarsh as a member of its second class during a ceremony at Pennsylvania State University. 

In addition to directing NERCHE, Dr. Saltmarsh is also a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development’s Higher Education Doctoral Program at UMass Boston.

Dr. Saltmarsh’s nominators noted that he is a critical and influential architect, intellectual leader, historian, researcher, activist, and mentor within the modern community engagement movement. He leads the project in which NERCHE serves as the administrative partner with the Carnegie Foundation's elective Community Engagement Classification.

He co-edited "To Serve a Larger Purpose": Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education, and co-wrote Higher Education and Democracy: Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. He is also an associate editor for the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

"It is an honor to be voted into the academy by my peers," Saltmarsh said. "The academy represents more than the accomplishments of its members, but the highest standards of engagement between universities and communities, and the advancement of engagement that improves the teaching, research, and service functions of universities in ways that assist in improving communities."

Patricia Sobrero, president of the ACES Board of Directors, presented a blown glass engagement trophy to Dr. Saltmarsh in recognition of his lifetime commitment to mutually beneficial engagement with communities outside UMass Boston. He is one of nine scholars being inducted this year.

About the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship
Founded in 2014, the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship is a consortium of leading community engagement scholars and practitioners. Through its members, ACES leverages the learning, discovery, and engagement capacity of higher education institutions and communities to influence private and public leaders to solve societal problems and recommend innovations needed by society.