John Saltmarsh

Professor of Higher Education, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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Saltmarsh's research focuses on community engagement in higher education. Overarching themes in Saltmarsh's writings included organizational change, faculty roles and rewards, community partnerships, and community engaged pedagogy.


Why Community Engaged Scholarship Needs a Clear Definition

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  • Prabhdeep Singh Kehal

Why Faculty Reward Policies Should Incentivize Community Engaged Scholarship

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  • Prabhdeep Singh Kehal

Why the Evaluation of Faculty Community Engaged Scholarship Needs Clear Criteria

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  • Prabhdeep Singh Kehal

Why Community Engaged Scholarship is Important to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Higher Education

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How Community Engaged Scholarship Improves Teaching and Learning

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  • Prabhdeep Singh Kehal


"Campus Classification, Identity, and Change: The Elective Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement" (with Matthew B. Johnson). Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 24, no. 3 (2020): 105-114.

Examines the history of and underlying theory of change behind the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

"Afterword: Up Against the Institution" in The Activist Academic Engaged Scholarship for Resistance, Hope and Social Change (Myers Education Press, 2020), 148-155.

Explores the intricacies of academic culture in the review of community engaged scholarship.

"Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Community Engagement in Higher Education," (with Susan Sturm, Tim Eatman, and Adam Bush), Forthcoming.

Examines the literature connecting community engagement, diversity, inclusion, and equity, and student success. Makes the case for the integration of these areas in creating organizational change that advances faculty and student diversity.

The Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification (edited with Matthew B. Johnson) ( Stylus Publishing LLC, 2018).

Provides an in-depth background and context for the classification and practice-based chapters to guide successful applications.

"Democratic Engagement White Paper ," (with Matthew Hartley and Patti Clayton), University of Massachusetts Boston, February 13, 2009.

Addresses both the need for organizational change to advance community engagement and the kind of deep culture change that is needed.