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John Saltmarsh is the director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at UMass Boston.
September 29, 2015

NERCHE Director to Be Honored for Lifetime Commitment to Community Engagement

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John Saltmarsh to be Inducted into Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship

The Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) will induct John Saltmarsh as a member of its second class during a ceremony at Pennsylvania State University on Wednesday. 

Saltmarsh is the director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), which is based at UMass Boston. He’s also a faculty member in the College of Education and Human Development’s Higher Education Doctoral Program.

Saltmarsh’s nominators note 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 for the Advancement of Teaching for Carnegie’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 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, will present a blown glass engagement trophy to Saltmarsh to recognize his lifetime commitment to mutually beneficial engagement with communities outside UMass Boston. He is one of nine scholars being inducted this year.