Professor Andrew Furco is Associate Vice President for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, where he also serves as Professor of Higher Education and Director of the University’s International Center for Research on Community Engagement. As Associate Vice President, he works to further the institutionalization of all forms of community engagement across the University’s research, teaching, and public service activities. His scholarly work focuses on examining the role of community engagement practices in primary, secondary, and higher education systems in the U.S. and abroad.
From 1994-2007, he worked at the University of California-Berkeley as the founding director of the Service-Learning Research and Development Center and as a faculty member in the Graduate School of Education. At Berkeley, he led more than 30 studies focused on issues pertaining to the impacts, implementation, and institutionalization of service-learning across various countries. In 1998, he was selected by the National Campus Compact to serve as a National Engaged Scholar. Through this work he developed and standardized the Self-Assessment Rubric for Institutionalizing Service-Learning in Higher Education, which has been incorporated in the service-learning work at than 400 colleges in various counties.
Professor Furco has consulted with more than 100 universities in more than 30 countries on issues pertaining to the advancement and institutionalization of service-learning and community engagement. His publications include the books, Service-Learning: The Essence of the Pedagogy (2001), Service-Learning Through a Multidisciplinary Lens (2002), Service-Learning: How Does It Measure Up? (2016), as well as more than 100 journal articles and book chapters that explore the study and practice of service-learning and community engagement.
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Dr Mathew Johnson is the Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service, and Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship, at Brown University. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Sociology from Brandeis University.
A faculty member for more than 20 years, Dr. Johnson also holds an appointment as Professor of the Practice in Sociology and maintains an active research and professional academic profile. His teaching has focused on indigenous identity and rural development, environmental policy, critical education and social theory, and organizational, structural, and cultural change. He co-directs the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification, he co-founded and now co-directs the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement with the Siena College Research Institute and leads the College and University Engagement Initiative at Brown University, an international community engagement in higher education field-building initiative. Dr. Johnson is an Ashoka Change Leader and leads the ongoing development of the Cordes Award-winning social innovation programming in the Swearer Center.
Dr. Johnson was recognized as a Campus Compact Engaged Scholar (2007) and is an international leader in higher education community engagement and social innovation. He has consulted for more than 100 institutions of higher education globally, frequently serves as an invited speaker for academic and professional conferences and gatherings and delivers workshops and professional development symposia on higher education leadership and community engagement.