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John Saltmarsh, PhD

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John Saltmarsh 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 Department of Leadership in Education 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, most recently, of a co-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 is also the author of numerous book chapters and articles on civic engagement, service-learning, and experiential education, and 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 (2011). He is an associate editor for the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Metropolitan Universities Journal, and the eJournal of Public Affairs, and the advisory board of Diversity and Democracy. He serves on the National Advisory Board of Imagining America, a member of the board of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE), a member of Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Coordinating Committee Members of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Action. He is a member of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement, has served as a National Scholar with Imagining America’s Tenure Team Initiative, and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification. In 2015, he was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship. From 1998 through 2005, he directed the national Project on Integrating Service with Academic Study at Campus Compact. He holds a PhD in American History from Boston University and taught for over a decade at Northeastern University and as a visiting research fellow at the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College. He can be reached at For more information, go to