In some ways, this for­mat resem­bles an uncon­fer­ence approach. We will fos­ter action-oriented work­ing ses­sions, Deep­Think Tanks, facil­i­tated by com­mu­nity lead­ers and promi­nent schol­ars, in which par­tic­i­pants col­lab­o­ra­tively gen­er­ate the­o­ries and action plans for uni­ver­sity and com­mu­nity trans­for­ma­tion. In these high energy, gen­er­a­tive ses­sions, you help deter­mine the agenda, ask and answer ques­tions, pro­pose ideas, and act as thought-leaders as we col­lec­tively shape our future work.

» Here are the cur­rent Deep­Think Tank themes and facilitators

(click names for Bios)


Com­mu­nity Literacy

Paul Feigen­baum Depart­ment of Eng­lish, Florida Inter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity
Eli Gold­blatt Depart­ment of Eng­lish, Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity
David Jol­liffe Brown Chair in Eng­lish Lit­er­acy at the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville
Eric Schmidt Ele­men­tary Pro­gram Direc­tor, Fam­ily Learn­ing Cen­ter, Boulder

Poverty, Home­less­ness, Prisons

Stephen Hart­nett Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado Den­ver
Mike Hom­ner Board of Direc­tors, Boul­der Out­reach for Home­less Over­flow (BOHO)
Paula Math­ieu Depart­ment of Eng­lish, Boston Col­lege
Isabel McDe­vitt Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Bridge House, Boul­der
Phyl­lis Ryder Uni­ver­sity Writ­ing Pro­gram, George Wash­ing­ton University

Resilient Com­mu­ni­ties

John Ack­er­man Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Pro­gram for Writ­ing and Rhetoric, Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado Boul­der
David Driskill Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Com­mu­nity Plan­ning and Sus­tain­abil­ity, City of Boul­der
Car­o­line Gottschalk Druschke Depart­ment of Writ­ing & Rhetoric and the Depart­ment of Nat­ural Resources Sci­ence, Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Island
Bri­die McG­reavy Post­doc­toral Fel­low, New Eng­land Sus­tain­abil­ity Con­sor­tium, Sen­a­tor George J. Mitchell Cen­ter, Uni­ver­sity of Maine
Derek Owens Direc­tor, Insti­tute for Writ­ing Stud­ies and Vice Provost of Under­grad­u­ate Edu­ca­tion, St. John’s University

Pro­fes­sion­al­iza­tion and Engaged Infrastructure

Jeff Gra­bill Depart­ment of Writ­ing, Rhetoric and Amer­i­can Cul­tures, Michi­gan State Uni­ver­sity
Veron­ica House Pro­gram for Writ­ing and Rhetoric, Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado Boul­der
Ben Kir­sh­ner Direc­tor, CU Engage, Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado Boul­der
Stu­art Lord Senior Asso­ciate for the Kingston Bay Group and for­mer Pres­i­dent of Naropa Uni­ver­sity
Steve Parks Depart­ment of Writ­ing and Rhetoric, Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity
Stephanie Schoo­ley Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Cam­pus Com­pact Moun­tain West


Social Entre­pre­neur­ship

(Announced soon!)




Speaker Bios

Com­mu­nity Literacy


Paul Feigenbaum

Paul Feigen­baum

Paul Feigen­baum is an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Florida Inter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity. His research and teach­ing inter­ests include com­mu­nity lit­er­acy, ser­vice learn­ing, pub­lic writ­ing, col­lege access, and civic engage­ment ped­a­gogy. His essays have appeared in Reflec­tions, Com­mu­nity Lit­er­acy Jour­nal, and Com­po­si­tion Forum, and his first book, Col­lab­o­ra­tive Imag­i­na­tion: Earn­ing Activism through Lit­er­acy Edu­ca­tion, will be pub­lished by South­ern Illi­nois Uni­ver­sity Press in early 2015.



Eli Goldblatt

Eli Gold­blatt

Eli Gold­blatt was born in 1952 in Cleve­land, Ohio, and grew up on Army posts in the U.S. and Ger­many. After earn­ing his B.A. at Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity, he attended a year of med­ical school, trav­eled in Mex­ico and Cen­tral Amer­ica, and taught high school for 6 years in Philadel­phia. He com­pleted a Ph.D. in Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. He is a pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity, where he served as uni­ver­sity writ­ing direc­tor for ten years (five as co-director of the writ­ing cen­ter) and five years as first-year writ­ing direc­tor. He is the direc­tor of New City Writ­ing (Insti­tute for the Study of Lit­er­a­ture, Lit­er­acy, and Cul­ture), an out­reach arm of the writ­ing pro­gram focused espe­cially on North Philadel­phia. For nearly ten years, he has served on the board of Tree House Books, a non-profit lit­er­ary cen­ter in the neigh­bor­hood near the Tem­ple campus.

Gold­blatt works both as a composition/literacy researcher and as a cre­ative writer. In com­po­si­tion, he has helped to estab­lish the field of com­mu­nity lit­er­acy with books and arti­cles about the con­nec­tions between col­lege writ­ing pro­grams and K-12 schools or neigh­bor­hood lit­er­acy cen­ters. His books in the field include ‘Round My Way: Author­ity and Double-Consciousness in Three Urban High School Writ­ers (U of Pitts­burgh P, 1995); Because We Live Here: Spon­sor­ing Lit­er­acy Beyond the Col­lege Cur­ricu­lum (Hamp­ton P 2007), win­ner of the National Coun­cil of Writ­ing Pro­gram Admin­is­tra­tors’ Best Book Award in 2008; and Writ­ing Home: A Lit­er­acy Auto­bi­og­ra­phy (S. Illi­nois UP, 2012). His poems have appeared over the last thirty years in small lit­er­ary jour­nals such as The Pinch, Cincin­nati Review, Ham­bone, Paper Air, Another Chicago Mag­a­zine, Madi­son Review, Louisiana Lit­er­a­ture, and Hub­bub. His books of poems include Journeyman’s Song (Cof­fee House, 1990), Ses­sions 1–62 (Chax Press, 1991), Speech Acts (Chax Press, 1999), and With­out a Trace (Singing Horse Press, 2001). In addi­tion, Gold­blatt pub­lished two children’s books, Leo Loves Round and Lissa and the Moon’s Sheep, both from Har­bin­ger House in 1990.




David Jol­liffe

David Jol­liffe is pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish and Cur­ricu­lum and Instruc­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas, where he is the ini­tial occu­pant of the Brown Chair in Eng­lish Lit­er­acy. A native of West Vir­ginia, Jol­liffe began his career as an edu­ca­tor at Tri­adel­phia High School in Wheel­ing, WV, and then at Wheel­ing Park High School, where he taught both Eng­lish and the­atre. Jol­liffe has also taught at Bethany Col­lege (his under­grad­u­ate alma mater), West Vir­ginia Uni­ver­sity (where he earned his M.A.), the Uni­ver­sity of Texas (where he received his Ph.D.), the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois at Chicago, and DePaul Uni­ver­sity. He moved to Uni­ver­sity of Arkansas in 2005 to inau­gu­rate the work of the Brown Chair, whose mis­sion is to pro­mote a stronger empha­sis on read­ing and writ­ing for Arkansans in all walks of life.

The author or edi­tor of 13 books and more than 40 arti­cles on the his­tory and the­ory of rhetoric, the teach­ing of writ­ing, and the prepa­ra­tion of writ­ing teachers—the most recent of which is his text, co-authored with Hep­hz­ibah Roskelly, titled Writ­ing Amer­ica: Lan­guage and Com­po­si­tion in Con­text—Jol­liffe began his involve­ment with the Advanced Place­ment pro­gram in 1992, serv­ing as a reader for the Eng­lish Lan­guage and Com­po­si­tion Exam­i­na­tion. After serv­ing as a table leader and ques­tion leader, he became chief reader for AP Eng­lish Lan­guage and Com­po­si­tion, serv­ing a full term in that capac­ity in 2003 through 2007 and fill­ing out the term of the late Gary Hatch, who had suc­ceeded him as chief reader, in 2010 and 2011. He was a mem­ber of the AP Eng­lish Test Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee from 1999 through 2003. Jol­liffe is an active con­sul­tant and workshop-presenter for the Col­lege Board. As the Brown Chair in Eng­lish Lit­er­acy, he spon­sors arts-infused literacy-enrichment projects in schools and com­mu­ni­ties through­out Arkansas.



Poverty, Home­less­ness, Prisons



Stephen Hart­nett

Stephen John Hart­nett is Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion at The Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado Den­ver, where he is the edi­tor of Cap­tured Words/Free Thoughts, an annual mag­a­zine of poems and sto­ries crafted by impris­oned writers.

For the past 24 years, Hart­nett has been teach­ing in, writ­ing about, and work­ing for change at America’s pris­ons. He has taught col­lege classes and poetry work­shops in pris­ons and jails in Indi­ana, Illi­nois, Michi­gan, Texas, Cal­i­for­nia and Col­orado, and has facil­i­tated work­shops, par­tic­i­pated on pan­els, and given lec­tures against the death penalty in 28 states. His com­men­tary on these sub­jects has appeared in Salon, Alter­Net, In These Times, and oth­ers, and on MSNBC and over 100 radio stations.

He is one of the co-founders of PCARE, a national group of schol­ars who work on Prison Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Activism Research and Edu­ca­tion. In recog­ni­tion of this work, he has received numer­ous awards, includ­ing the North­west Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Association’s 2008 Human Rights Award, the Uni­ver­sity of Colorado’s 2010 Thomas Jef­fer­son Award, and the CU Den­ver 2014 Ser­vice Excel­lence Award.

In addi­tion, Hart­nett is the author or edi­tor of 8 books and dozens of pub­li­ca­tions related to democ­racy, social jus­tice, pris­ons, glob­al­iza­tion and empire, and the death penalty. His pub­li­ca­tions appear in venues such as the Quar­terly Jour­nal of Speech, Rhetoric & Pub­lic Affairs, the Jour­nal of Applied Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Research, and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Critical/Cultural Stud­ies. He is the recip­i­ent of numer­ous research awards, includ­ing the Winans and Wichelns Award for Dis­tin­guished Research in Pub­lic Address, the National Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Association’s Golden Mono­graph Award, the Kar­lyn Kohrs Camp­bell Prize in Rhetor­i­cal Crit­i­cism, and a PASS (Pre­ven­tion for a Safer Soci­ety) Award from the National Coun­cil on Crime and Delinquency.




Mike Hom­ner







Paula Math­ieu

Paula Math­ieu is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at Boston Col­lege where teaches courses in com­po­si­tion ped­a­gogy, non­fic­tion writ­ing, rhetoric as cul­tural study, and home­less lit­er­a­ture, while also direct­ing the First-Year Writ­ing Pro­gram and the Writ­ing Fel­lows Pro­gram. With Diana George, she has co-authored sev­eral pub­li­ca­tions about the rhetor­i­cal power of dis­si­dent press pub­li­ca­tions for venues like CCCs and the col­lec­tion The Pub­lic Work of Rhetoric. She is author of Tac­tics of Hope: The Pub­lic Turn in Eng­lish Com­po­si­tion and co-editor of Beyond Eng­lish, Inc and of Writ­ing Places. She began work­ing with home­less writ­ers in 1997 in Chicago, where she founded a writ­ing group and learn­ing cen­ter for home­less ven­dors of Street­Wise news­pa­per. From 2003 to 2006, she was Deputy Chair of the Inter­na­tional Net­work of Street Papers.




Isabel McDe­vitt

Isabel McDe­vitt is Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Bridge House, a home­less ser­vices agency pro­vid­ing day ser­vices and pro­gram­ming to help home­less indi­vid­u­als reach a higher level of self-sufficiency. Isabel founded the Ready to Work– Boulder’s first paid tran­si­tional work pro­gram — as well as the Resource Cen­ter which offers a sin­gle point of access for home­less men and women seek­ing ser­vices. Isabel has over 13 years of expe­ri­ence work­ing in work­force devel­op­ment, com­mu­nity affairs, and social enter­prise. For over 9 years, Isabel was part of the senior lead­er­ship team for busi­ness devel­op­ment, gov­ern­ment rela­tions, and com­mu­nity engage­ment strate­gies at The Doe Fund, a tran­si­tional employ­ment and hous­ing orga­ni­za­tion serv­ing home­less and for­merly incar­cer­ated indi­vid­u­als in New York City. At The Doe Fund, Isabel founded two ven­tures cre­at­ing jobs in the fields of pest man­age­ment and biodiesel con­ver­sion and ran sev­eral other social enter­prises employ­ing over 400 for­merly home­less and job­less peo­ple. Since relo­cat­ing to Boul­der, Col­orado in 2006, Isabel has advised com­pa­nies includ­ing Skirt Sports, a women’s apparel com­pany, and Boe­Fly, an online mar­ket­place con­nect­ing small busi­ness bor­row­ers with lenders, on cause mar­ket­ing, online engage­ment and strate­gic growth strate­gies. Isabel was appointed to Gov­er­nor Hickenlooper’s Path­ways Home Col­orado Advi­sory Board, is a Part­ner with Social Ven­ture Part­ners of Boul­der County, and a Board mem­ber of the Social Enter­prise Alliance of Col­orado. Isabel grad­u­ated magna cum laude from the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia with a BA in Sociology.



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Phyl­lis Ryder

Phyl­lis Mentzell Ryder, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Writ­ing, Uni­ver­sity Writ­ing Pro­gram, The George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity, in her teach­ing and schol­ar­ship, exam­ines the rhetor­i­cal power of pub­lic writ­ing. In Rhetorics for Com­mu­nity Action: Pub­lic Writ­ing and Writ­ing Publics (Lex­ing­ton Books, 2011), she illus­trates the vital moves of public-making: build­ing a shared under­stand­ing of what the world is and what it should be. She exam­ines how tra­di­tional and new media impact how publics gain rhetor­i­cal power.

Ryder advo­cates using service-learning in first-year writ­ing courses. Com­par­ing the writ­ing expec­ta­tions of aca­d­e­mics, pub­lic intel­lec­tu­als, and pub­lic activists, she argues, helps young writ­ers rec­og­nize how writ­ers in all these venues sig­nal their affil­i­a­tions, rhetorically.



Resilient Com­mu­ni­ties



John Ack­er­man

John M. Ack­er­man is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion in the rhetoric area, where he teaches grad­u­ate courses on mate­r­ial and pub­lic space, social tech­nolo­gies, and par­tic­i­pa­tory design. His schol­ar­ship attends to cul­tural and eco­nomic change in late-industrial neigh­bor­hoods. His field­work is sit­u­ated in the indus­trial north­east and most recently in Boul­der and the Front Range and is framed by the idea of resilient com­mu­ni­ties. He brings qual­i­ta­tive and crit­i­cal meth­ods to bear on how eco­nomic per­for­mance, col­lec­tive mem­ory, and mate­r­ial cir­cu­la­tion help to con­sti­tute a vibrant com­mu­nity. Cur­rently he is also the Asso­ciate Direc­tor for Sus­tain­abil­ity and Res­i­den­tial Learn­ing in the Pro­gram for Writ­ing and Rhetoric in Arts and Sci­ences. Through the PWR, he has helped to estab­lish a sus­tain­abil­ity cur­ricu­lum, out­reach to Boul­der city and county, and to strengthen the program’s con­tri­bu­tion to reten­tion. He teaches in the Sus­tain­abil­ity and Social Inno­va­tion Res­i­den­tial Aca­d­e­mic Program.




David Driskell

David Driskell serves as Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Com­mu­nity Plan­ning and Sus­tain­abil­ity for the City of Boul­der, over­see­ing the city’s com­pre­hen­sive plan­ning, phys­i­cal devel­op­ment, eco­nomic vital­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity pro­grams. His inter­ests and exper­tise include com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, sus­tain­abil­ity plan­ning, land use, and com­mu­nity design. He pre­vi­ously served as UNESCO Chair for “Grow­ing Up in Cities” at Cor­nell Uni­ver­sity, lead­ing an inter­na­tional action-research ini­tia­tive and author­ing the book, Cre­at­ing Bet­ter Cities with Chil­dren and Youth: a Man­ual for Par­tic­i­pa­tion. He has also worked as a con­sul­tant to pub­lic sec­tor agen­cies in Cal­i­for­nia, New York and New Jer­sey, and on plan­ning projects in Qatar, India and Kenya. He is a grad­u­ate of Stan­ford and MIT; has pub­lished exten­sively; and served as adjunct fac­ulty at UC Berke­ley, Stan­ford, and UC Davis.




Car­o­line Gottschalk Druschke

Car­o­line Gottschalk Druschke holds a joint appoint­ment in the Depart­ment of Writ­ing & Rhetoric and the Depart­ment of Nat­ural Resources Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Island, where she uses her back­ground in rhetoric and com­mu­ni­ca­tion to study the human dimen­sions of nat­ural resources man­age­ment. She arrived at Uni­ver­sity of Rhode Island in 2011, after earn­ing a Ph.D. in Eng­lish Stud­ies from Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois at Chicago. There she trained in the NSF-IGERT pro­gram in Land­scape, Eco­log­i­cal and Anthro­pogenic Processes, taught in the Chicago Civic Lead­er­ship Cer­tifi­cate Pro­gram, and earned a cer­tifi­cate in Gen­der and Women’s Stud­ies. Dr. Druschke takes a mixed-methods, place-based approach to ongo­ing research into watershed-based con­ser­va­tion out­reach, the impact of cli­mate change on com­mer­cial fish­ing pol­icy, and pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion in fresh­wa­ter restora­tion efforts. She has pre­sented inter­na­tion­ally on her work, pub­lished in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and con­ser­va­tion jour­nals, and received research fel­low­ships from the United States Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion, and AAUW. She works to incor­po­rate her research inter­ests into her ped­a­gogy, teach­ing community-based writ­ing courses with envi­ron­men­tal groups like the Rhode Island Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment and the Woonasquatucket River Water­shed Coun­cil, first year writ­ing courses related to coastal issues, grad­u­ate sem­i­nars in envi­ron­men­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mixed method­olo­gies, and a water­shed restora­tion course through the university’s Grand Chal­lenges initiative.




Bri­die McGreavy

Bri­die McG­reavy is cur­rently a post­doc­toral researcher with the New Eng­land Sus­tain­abil­ity Con­sor­tium (NEST), a National Sci­ence Foundation-funded project focused on safe beaches and shell­fish in in Maine and New Hamp­shire. Bri­die received a Ph.D. in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and sus­tain­abil­ity sci­ence from the Uni­ver­sity of Maine in 2013. A pri­mary theme of her research focuses on resilience and sus­tain­abil­ity which she approaches through inter­dis­ci­pli­nary, engaged, and crit­i­cal stud­ies of communication.

Prior to pur­su­ing her doc­toral work, Bri­die served as the con­ser­va­tion and edu­ca­tion direc­tor at Lakes Envi­ron­men­tal Asso­ci­a­tion (LEA) from 2001–2010. In that role, she devel­oped place-based envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tion pro­gram­ming and worked as a con­ser­va­tion biol­o­gist. She is cur­rently a board mem­ber for LEA and in 2016 she will return to the orga­ni­za­tion to become the inau­gural direc­tor of the Maine Lake Sci­ence Cen­ter with a joint appoint­ment as research pro­fes­sor in the Sen­a­tor George J. Mitchell Cen­ter for Sus­tain­abil­ity Solu­tions at UMaine. She received an M.S. in Envi­ron­men­tal Studies-Conservation Biol­ogy from Anti­och Uni­ver­sity New Eng­land in Keene, NH in 2008 and her grad­u­ate research focused on sci­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tion for ver­nal pool con­ser­va­tion. She grew up in the Saco River Water­shed in west­ern Maine and returns there with her hus­band Brian to explore the moun­tains by foot, bike, and ski.




Derek Owens

Derek Owens directs the Insti­tute for Writ­ing Stud­ies at St. John’s Uni­ver­sity, where he is Pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish and Vice Provost for Under­grad­u­ate Edu­ca­tion. Owens is the author of Memory’s Wake (Spuyten Duyvil), Com­po­si­tion and Sus­tain­abil­ity: Teach­ing for a Threat­ened Gen­er­a­tion (NCTE), and Resist­ing Writ­ings (and the Bound­aries of Com­po­si­tion) (South­ern Methodist U P). More of his work can be found here:




Pro­fes­sion­al­iza­tion and Infrastructure



Jeff Gra­bill

Jeff Gra­bill is a Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Writ­ing, Rhetoric, and Amer­i­can Cul­tures. He is also a senior researcher with WIDE Research (Writ­ing in Dig­i­tal Envi­ron­ments). As a researcher, Gra­bill stud­ies how dig­i­tal writ­ing is asso­ci­ated with cit­i­zen­ship and learn­ing. Gra­bill is also a co-founder of Draw­bridge, an edu­ca­tional tech­nol­ogy com­pany. He has pub­lished two books on com­mu­nity literacy.




Veron­ica House

Veron­ica House is Asso­ciate Fac­ulty Direc­tor for Service-Learning and Out­reach in the Pro­gram for Writ­ing and Rhetoric at the Uni­ver­sity of Col­orado Boul­der. As founder of the University’s Writ­ing Ini­tia­tive for Ser­vice and Engage­ment, she cre­ated the first service-learning Writ­ing and Rhetoric courses for first-year stu­dents and has coor­di­nated the Pro­gram for Writ­ing and Rhetoric’s trans­for­ma­tion into one of the only writ­ing pro­grams in the nation to have inte­grated service-learning through­out its lower and upper divi­sion courses. She has worked with fac­ulty at col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties across the coun­try to design service-learning courses and pro­grams. She works on the Advi­sory Com­mit­tee for Cam­pus Com­pact of the Moun­tain West and sits on the Board of Direc­tors for Bridge House, a non-profit serv­ing Boulder’s home­less and work­ing poor. She is the author of Medea’s Cho­rus: Myth and Women’s Poetry Since 1950 (2014) and arti­cles appear­ing in Reflec­tions and Com­mu­nity Lit­er­acy Jour­nal. Her recent teach­ing, com­mu­nity work, and schol­ar­ship focus on food re-localization, food lit­er­acy, envi­ron­men­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and insti­tu­tion­al­iza­tion of community-engaged pedagogy.



Kirshner Ben Kir­sh­ner

Ben Kir­sh­ner is an Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in the School of Edu­ca­tion at CU Boul­der and Fac­ulty Direc­tor for CU Engage: Cen­ter for Community-Based Learn­ing and Research. Through his new work with CU Engage Dr. Kir­sh­ner seeks to develop and sus­tain university-community part­ner­ships that lever­age the resources of the uni­ver­sity to address per­sis­tent pub­lic chal­lenges. He is engaged in sev­eral research projects, includ­ing stud­ies of community-based orga­niz­ing among mar­gin­al­ized youth, dig­i­tal media as a con­text for learn­ing, and inclu­sive prac­tices in higher edu­ca­tion civic engage­ment ini­tia­tives. Pub­li­ca­tions have focused on pro­duc­tive ten­sions in par­tic­i­pa­tory action research, youth orga­niz­ing as a con­text for devel­op­ment, and the impact of high school clo­sure on students.



Lord photo Stu­art Lord

Dr. Stu­art Lord was appointed Senior Asso­ciate for the Kingston Bay Group, over­see­ing the devel­op­ment and coor­di­na­tion of the Higher Edu­ca­tion port­fo­lio, pro­vid­ing a range of con­sul­ta­tion ser­vices to exec­u­tive lead­ers and senior man­age­ment. Addi­tion­ally Dr. Lord has served as the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Emer­gency Fam­ily Assis­tance Asso­ci­a­tion in Boul­der Col­orado, work­ing for the ben­e­fit of home­less fam­i­lies. Dr. Lord is the for­mer Pres­i­dent of Naropa Uni­ver­sity and has ded­i­cated his life work to fos­ter the growth and advance­ment of many com­mu­ni­ties as both edu­ca­tor and human­i­tar­ian. He has served as an admin­is­tra­tor and man­aged civic edu­ca­tion, com­mu­nity ser­vice, and reli­gious and spir­i­tual life pro­grams at Dart­mouth Col­lege and DePauw Uni­ver­sity. In these posi­tions, Dr. Lord has devel­oped pro­grams that aid under-resourced domes­tic com­mu­ni­ties, includ­ing Boul­der County, New Hampshire’s Upper Val­ley, the Mis­sis­sippi Delta, and the areas rav­aged by Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina.




Steve Parks

Steve Parks is an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of writ­ing and rhetoric at Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity where he serves as Direc­tor of the Com­po­si­tion and Cul­tural Rhetoric Doc­toral Pro­gram. He is also founder/director of New City Com­mu­nity Press (www.newcitypress. org). He is author of Class Pol­i­tics: The Move­ment for a Stu­dents’ Right to Their Own Lan­guage as well as the forth­com­ing Gravy­land: Writ­ing beyond the Cur­ricu­lum in the City of Broth­erly Love. With Paula Math­ieu and Tiffany Rous­culp, he has edited Cir­cu­lat­ing Com­mu­ni­ties: The Strate­gies and Tac­tics of Com­mu­nity Pub­lish­ing. He has edited Reflec­tions: A Jour­nal of Writ­ing, Service-Learning, and Com­mu­nity Lit­er­acy as well as acted as prin­ci­ple edi­tor for The Best of Inde­pen­dent Com­po­si­tion And Rhetoric Jour­nals, a series by Par­lor Press. His essays have appeared in Col­lege Eng­lish, Col­lege Com­po­si­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, as well as numer­ous antholo­gies and inter­na­tional publications.




Stephanie Schoo­ley

Stephanie Schoo­ley became the fifth Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Cam­pus Com­pact of the Moun­tain West in 2010 after serv­ing with the orga­ni­za­tion since 2001. Over the course of Stephanie’s thirteen-year career with Cam­pus Com­pact, she has devel­oped and imple­mented national ser­vice and community-engagement pro­gram­ming, expanded and deep­ened regional part­ner­ships, pro­vided lead­er­ship in devel­op­ment of the Engaged Cam­pus Ini­tia­tive, brought national events and train­ings to the region, and strength­ened part­ner­ships with mem­ber cam­puses through effec­tive pro­gram­ming and pres­i­den­tial engage­ment. Stephanie con­tin­ues to build upon the regional infra­struc­ture and suc­cesses of her early work to ele­vate higher edu­ca­tion engage­ment in the Moun­tain West.

Stephanie earned a BA in His­tory from Reed Col­lege and an MA in Con­flict Res­o­lu­tion from the Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver. In addi­tion to her work with Cam­pus Com­pact, Stephanie has served as a found­ing board mem­ber of the Den­ver Young Non­profit Pro­fes­sion­als Net­work, the National Non­profit Pro­fes­sion­als Net­work, and Hoofs & Paws Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing Cen­ter. Prior to her work with Cam­pus Com­pact, Stephanie served as an Ameri­Corps VISTA Mem­ber for a K-6 com­mu­nity lit­er­acy pro­gram and worked as a Read­ing Spe­cial­ist for low-performing ele­men­tary schools in the Den­ver Pub­lic School District.