The Saltmarsh Award is given in recognition of exemplary early-career leaders who are advancing the wider civic engagement movement in higher education grounded in community-campus collaboration to build a broader public culture of democracy committed to equity.
In an effort to recognize, support, and encourage the next generation of leaders in the civic engagement movement, the American Democracy Project established in 2011 a national award, the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement. The award recognizes emerging higher education leaders whose community partnership work is grounded in reciprocity, mutual respect, shared authority, and co-creation of goals and outcomes. The award was named in John Saltmarsh’s honor to recognize a long-standing passion of his: nurturing and preparing the next generation of higher education leaders (staff, faculty, or administrators) to sustain and advance the civic engagement movement. Emerging leaders demonstrate contributions in the areas of practice, institutionalization, and scholarship.
John Saltmarsh is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Leadership in Education in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has published widely on community engaged teaching, learning and research, and organizational change in higher education, including the co-edited book Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (2016), and the edited volume with Matthew Hartley, ‘To Serve a Larger Purpose:’ Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (2011). He is the co-author of the “Democratic Engagement White Paper” (NERCHE, 2009) and “Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Public Engagement in Higher Education” (Columbia University Law School: Center for Institutional and Social Change, 2011). From 2005-2016 he served as the Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). From 1998-2005 he was the director of the national program on Integrating Service with Academic Study at Campus Compact.
The Saltmarsh Award is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner at the Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting in June. The award recipient will be asked to be an advisor to ADP’s executive director, have ex-officio seat on the ADP Steering Committee, and meet quarterly with the executive director and John Saltmarsh.
The nomination information for the 2022 award will be posted in winter 2022.