SSWA & Civic Engagement Meetings

The Museum of Flight - Seattle, WA

Andrew Seligsohn - President, Campus Compact

Andrew J. Seligsohn is president of Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1100 colleges and universities dedicated to the public purposes of higher education. As president, Seligsohn has focused on strengthening Campus Compact’s support for deep partnerships between campuses and communities through comprehensive campus planning. He is also leading efforts to expand Campus Compact’s professional development and student civic leadership offerings. Before joining Campus Compact in June of 2014, Seligsohn served as Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning at Rutgers University–Camden, where he worked across the campus to develop the university’s engagement infrastructure to maximize community impact and student learning. Seligsohn previously served as Director of Civic Engagement Learning in the Pace Center at Princeton University and as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Hartwick College. At Hartwick, Seligsohn also served as the elected chair of the faculty. Seligsohn has published articles and chapters on higher education engagement, student political engagement, constitutional law, political theory, and urban politics. Seligsohn is a member of the Policy Council of the Service Year Alliance and the National Advisory Board for the All In Campus Democracy Challenge. Seligsohn holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in modern intellectual history from Williams College.


Carolyn Long - Sam Reed Distinguished Professor, Washington State University Vancouver

Carolyn N. Long is the inaugural Sam Reed Distinguished Professor in Civic Education and Public Civility and the Director for Strategic Partnerships at Washington State University Vancouver.  In 2014 she launched the Initiative for Public Deliberation, a student-led program aimed at strengthening democratic government by replacing rigid partisanship with listening and conversation.  IPD serves as an impartial resource for the Southwest Washington community to assist in community problem-solving.  Long received her B.A. with majors in Political Science and Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Oregon in 1989 and her Ph.D in Political Science from Rutgers University in 1997.  Her research interests focus on American Institutions, Public Law, American Public Policy and Public Civility and Public Discourse She is the author of two books, Religious Freedom and Indian Rights:  The Case of Oregon v. Smith, which was a finalist for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and was on Choice Magazine’s 2001 Outstanding Academic Titles List, and Mapp v. Ohio:  Guarding against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures which received an Honorable Mention in Legal History from The Langum Project for Historical Literature in 2007.  She is currently working on a book on Newdow v. U.S. Congress:  The Pledge and the Ninth Circuit for the University Press of Kansas.  Carolyn was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Ljubljana School of Social Sciences in 2009-2010.  She has taught courses on the American Constitution, Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, The Judicial Process, Administrative Jurisprudence, Congressional Politics, Public Policy and American Institutions at WSUV since 1995.  Past awards include the President’s Award for Leadership and Engagement, Washington State University (2015), and the Excellence in Institutional Service Award, College or Arts and Sciences, Washington State University (2014).  In 2017 Long was awarded the Iris H-RoC Award, which honors women in the community who have promoted civil discourse, teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation.

Kent Koth - Executive Director, Seattle University

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Melanie Brown - Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Washington State University

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