Provost and Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Robert has served as the provost and vice chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside since April 2016. Previously, he was dean and professor of marketing in the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend. Rober is the State of Wisconsin lead for Complete College America; serves on the steering committee and is co-chair of the Health, Education, and Leadership Advisory Council for the Academies of Racine; and is a board member for Racine Area Manufacturer and Commerce. His spouse, Dr. Sandy Ducoffe, is an adjunct marketing professor, and they have five children.
Mary A. Evins
Research Professor, Honors College, and Associate Professor of History, Middle Tennessee State University
Mary directs American Democracy Project programming at Middle Tennessee State University(MTSU), where she is faculty advisor for ADP student civic engagement and MTSU Votes. She teaches history expressly for civic learning, often in interdisciplinary seminars. She co-facilitated MTSU’s sustained faculty learning community on civic learning for many years, and took democratic engagement statewide as P.I. of the NEH/Tennessee Board of Regents Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges initiative across Tennessee public higher education. Her research into movements for social change, generating Tennessee’s New Women in the New South during the Progressive Era and a forthcoming monograph, completely aligns with her ADP work, educating citizen-scholars for proactive participation in their communities. She holds a B.A. in History and Anthropology and an M.A.T. in Sociology and Education from Vanderbilt University (Tenn.), and A.M. and Ph.D. in Anthropology/Culture History from the University of Chicago.
Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, Texas A&M University-Central Texas
Prior her role at Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Peg was associate vice president and associate provost at Florida Gulf Coast University and served as interim dean, College of Health Professions; director of the School of Nursing; interim provost; and professor of Nursing. Peg holds a B.S.N. degree in Nursing from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh; an M.S. as a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist from Northern Illinois University; and a D.N.S., Doctor of Nursing Science degree from the University of Buffalo (N.Y.). She has received many awards and recognitions in her career, and she has been credited with over 40 peer reviewed publications, two award-winning AV productions on Alzheimer’s Disease, and multiple invited and peer reviewed professional presentations. Peg has been actively involved in civic and community engagement during her career in higher education.
David is an architect of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's (UMBC) BreakingGround initiative. His work is directed at fostering civic agency and democratic engagement through courses, co-curricular experiences and cultural practices on campus. His research explores students’ development as civic agents, highlighting the crucial role of experiences, environments and relationships students perceive as “real” rather than synthetic or scripted. David is an alum of University of California, Los Angeles (B.A.); Harvard University (J.D., M.P.P.); and UMBC (Ph.D.).
Chief Diversity Officer
and Quality Enhancement Plan Director, Academic Affairs, Associate Professor,
Department of Sociology & Criminology, Western Kentucky University
William J. McKinney
Senior Advisor for Regional Campus Affairs, Indiana University
ADP Steering Committee Past Chair
For more than 25 years, Bill has been committed to the civic value of a liberal education. His current position at Indiana University (IU) encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, especially those outlined in Blueprint 2.0: The Bicentennial Strategic Plan for the Regional Campuses of Indiana University. This ambitious plan links student success and community engagement. He leads a number of strategic projects for IU’s five regional campuses, including their joint participation in AASCU’s Re-imagining the First Year. Prior to joining IU in 2015, he served as president of Valdosta State University (Ga.) and vice chancellor for academic affairs at IU-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Science and his M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science from IU-Bloomington. He has published or presented well over 100 papers, book chapters or reviews in such diverse topics as the philosophical nature of scientific experiments, environmental ethics, liberal education, and civic engagement.
Assistant Vice President for Graduate and Extended Learning, State University of New York at New Paltz
Shala is the assistant vice president for graduate and extended learning at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, where she oversees graduate and professional studies, online and hybrid learning, and special sessions. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and advising awards and was the 2017 recipient of AASCU’s Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement. Prior to joining SUNY New Paltz, Shala spent 20 years at Fort Hays State University (FHSU, in Kansas) where she taught courses in the areas of law and the courts, current political issues, sustainability, food and politics, and global challenges. She serves as one of AASCU’s Global Engagement Scholars, was the national coordinator for the AASCU Global Challenges Project, and spent her 2015-16 sabbatical serving as the national manager for AASCU’s Blended Course Consortium. Her most recent publications have been in the areas of academic assessment and leadership, new models for educating undergraduate students, and global challenges. At FHSU she led the campus food and hunger initiatives, and at SUNY New Paltz she is on the leadership team for Beyond the Echo Chamber: Conversations that Matter—a dinner series where students engage in civil discourse around challenging topics.
Interim Dean, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Tarleton State University (Texas)
Over the past decade, as a faculty member, department head, and interim dean at Tarleton State, Eric has coordinated several high-impact instructional models focused on civic learning and democratic engagement. Currently, courses with this component involve over 3,500 students per academic year and continue to have a significant impact on voter registration and participation, academic achievement and retention. Prior to a career in higher education, he was a communications director for a national nonprofit in New York, and he continues to manage and edit publications. He received his Ph.D. from Baylor University (Texas) and his primary teaching and research interests are religion and politics, public policy, and government and politics in Texas.
Chancellor, Washington State University Vancouver
Mel has served as chancellor of Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver since July 2012. Previously provost at Keene State College in New Hampshire, he is the second chancellor in WSU Vancouver’s 26-year history, advancing the university’s mission to provide access to baccalaureate-level education in the region. In addition to the American Democracy Project, Netzhammer’s extensive civic engagement focus includes serving on several boards and committees dedicated to education and economic development in Vancouver and Portland. He studied communication, earning a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University New Orleans and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah.
Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, Metropolitan State University of Denver
Elizabeth Parmelee is the associate vice president of undergraduate studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver, charged with advancing civic engagement and the university’s anchor mission and overseeing academic programs that reach beyond the disciplines, such as the Honors Program, International Studies and the Writing Center. She has been at the university for 11 years, having assumed her current role in May 2018 after 10 years leading the Center for Individualized Studies, where she worked with students developing unique cross-disciplinary degree programs. She continues to advise students as much as possible in her current role. Her new role, however, provides her the opportunity to merge academic interests and professional experience, stepping up to lead the university’s efforts to ensure that all students are educated to become active members of their communities, and that the university fully embraces its role as an anchor institution in the metropolitan Denver region, impacting not only education but also the social and economic profile of the region.
Director of Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Western Carolina University
With nearly 15 years of experience in community engagement within higher education, Lane has seen firsthand the value of people, systems and processes when it comes to advancing community-campus partnerships. Across these networks of community members, neighbors, organizations, and institutions exists symbiotic opportunities for advancing mutually beneficial outcomes. Lane has presented and published extensively in the fields of community engagement, service-learning, global citizenship, and pedagogical approaches to disaster response. He served as co-editor of the International Journal for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (2016-2019) and was recognized as the 2015 NC Campus Compact Civic Engagement Professional of the Year, the 2015 co-recipient of the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, and the 2017 Gulf South Summit Community Engagement Practitioner of the year.
Director, Career Development & Community Partnerships, Northeastern Illinois University
ADP Steering Committee Chair
Kris is the director of career development & community partnerships at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), a diverse urban campus on the north side of Chicago. Previously, she served as the senior director for academic & community partnerships. In that role, she provided leadership for developing meaningful opportunities for civic learning and democratic engagement, strengthening existing and developing new collaborative community partnerships, and facilitating connections between student affairs and programs in academic areas to support student success and retention. She coordinates NEIU’s involvement in the American Democracy Project and NASPA’s Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement initiative. Kris serves as the student affairs lead for Northeastern’s participation in ADP’s Economic Inequality Initiative. Kris has spent the bulk of her career working across organizational boundaries to improve programs and better support student learning. Kris was elected in 2014 to the North River Commission Board of Directors, which serves as the lead organization for community and economic development for the north river area of Chicago.
Program Manager, Keene State College (N.H.)
Kim is the program manager for accreditation processes and for diversity and multicultural student initiatives at Keene State College (N.H.). After 20 years in residential life, Kim joined the staff of the provost and chief officer for diversity and multiculturalism as the accreditation liaison officer and to assist with coordinating a variety of programmatic efforts, including the American Democracy Project, the symposium, numerous speaker series, and efforts to integrate academic affairs and student affairs. Kim is a past president of the Northeast Regional Housing Association. Kim is the curator for the AASCU Economic Inequality Blended Learning Course and a member of the ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Steering Committee.
Rebekah (Bekah) Selby
Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Economics, Emporia State University (Kans.)
Bekah Selby is known as an active and enthusiastic professor at Emporia State University (ESU). She came to ESU from the University of Oregon where she earned her Ph.D. in economics with econometrics as one of her specialties. She has been a driving force in the development of a new Master of Science in Informatics degree concentration in Quantitative Economics. She is also active in civic and community engagement through ADP and Universities Fighting World Hunger. She is an active leader in several organizations, including Healthier Lyon County, and a founding member of the Lyon County Food and Farm Council. Bekah has a variety of research interests and frequently works with scholars in other disciplines, especially on important policy-related topics, where she is typically the lead analyst. Her most recent work has been on the effect of voter identification and disenfranchisement laws on the 2016 election. Behind her back, people call her innovative, energetic, inclusive and enthusiastic with a strong sense of realism.
President, Keene State College (N.H.)
Melinda Treadwell holds a doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Dartmouth Medical School (N.H., ’95) and a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety from Keene State College (’90). In 2000, she joined as faculty in the Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences department at Keene State College and went on to serve as dean of Professional & Graduate Studies (2008-2012), and then interim provost/vice president for academic affairs. In 2014, Melinda served as vice president for academic affairs at Antioch University New England and was subsequently promoted to CEO and provost. In July 2017, she returned to Keene State College as interim president. She was inaugurated as Keene State College's 11th President on April 5, 2019.