Advisory Board

Adriana Aldana 

Adriana is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at California State University Dominguez Hills. She is trained as a community-based practitioner and developmental psychologist, with an emphasis on youth sociopolitical empowerment. Most of her scholarship examines how critical pedagogy and multicultural organizing models help build youth’s capacity for social action across difference. Her future direction of research examines the process of youth sociopolitical development, and its implications for community capacity building and anti-racist practice. This work has allowed her to identify the processes that promote young people’s ability to think critically about their social identity, systems of privilege and oppression, and inclusive tactics for social action. As a practitioner, she has organized social justice workshops, managed a community-based youth dialogue program, and developed program curricula for multicultural training of K-12 educators and youth. 

Randy Bass 

Randy is the current Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University. He is also the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). In addition to his thirteen years with CNDLS, Randy now leads the Designing the Future(s) Initiative and the Red House Incubator for curricular transformation. He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years. Most recently, he is the author of Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosytem (with Bret Eynon), American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2016. 

Johnnella Butler

Johnnella is Professor of Comparative Women’s Studies at Spelman College. During nine years as provost at Spelman, she initiated and oversaw several major general education projects — the development of the Spelman MILE (My Integrated Learning Experience), the Undergraduate Research Project, and implemented these and other strategic initiatives, including Spelman, Going Global! the expansion of global education at Spelman as part of the undergraduate experience, including the undergraduate research experience. Johnnella’s scholarship spans pedagogy, ethnic studies and African-American literary theory, focusing on identity, experience and interdisciplinarity, relationships among democracy, diversity, and civic engagement in liberal education, and institutional change.

Joyce Bylander 

Joyce retired in June, 2018 from Dickinson College where she had a 20 year career. When she retired from Dickinson, she was vice president and dean of Student Life. She began her duties as vice president in 2013. Joyce previously held the positions of special assistant to the president for institutional and diversity initiatives (2007-2013), associate provost for academic campus life (2004-2007), dean of students (2000-2004) and associate dean of students (1998-2000) at the college. Prior to her time at Dickinson, she served Bucknell University and the College of Charleston in various student life positions. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and social service from Cleveland State University and a master of public administration degree from the University of South Carolina. 

Tim Eatman 

Tim currently serves as the Inaugural Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community at Rutgers University – Newark. He sits on the Editorial Board of University of Michigan Press, and the Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Engagement Classification for Community Engagement. He is a visiting fellow with the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and regularly serves as a faculty member for Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Summer Institutes on High Impact Practices. Tim’s scholarly work centers on public engagement and equity within higher education.

Sally Engelhard Pingree

Sally is President of the S. Engelhard Center, a Trustee of the Charles Engelhard Foundation, and Trustee Emeritus at St. Andrews School. She currently serves on the mental health task force for the Carter Center, and previously served on the Council of Advisors at the National Geographic Society and as a Regent for Georgetown University. Additional roles included serving with the American Heritage Publishing Company the Board of Trustees of the Potomac School in Virginia, and Boston College. Her areas of interest are in health, education, and environmental affairs. 

Donald Harward

Donald Harward served as President of Bates College from 1989 through June 2002, when he was appointed President Emeritus. Following his retirement from Bates College, Don co-founded Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP), a national independent project in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), whose mission is to advance the greater purposes of higher education. As Director of BTtoP for 15 years, he presented across the country as well as authored and edited multiple volumes, including Transforming Undergraduate Education and Well-Being and Higher Education: A Strategy for Change the Realization of Education’s Greater Purposes. Don holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Maryland, a Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the University of Warsaw, and honorary doctorate degrees from Bates College and the College of Wooster. In addition to his role as Director of BTtoP, he served as a Senior Fellow with AAC&U, and as a consultant, advisor, and board member for a variety of higher education organizations, foundations, and institutions. Don now serves as a Trustee to the project.

Tessa Hicks Peterson 

Tessa Hicks Peterson serves as the Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement at Pitzer College, the director of CASA Pitzer: Critical Action & Social Advocacy, the director of the Office for Consortial Academic Collaborations for the Claremont Colleges, and as an Associate Professor of Urban Studies. Before coming to Pitzer in 2006, Tessa worked with communities throughout Southern California on human relations and civil rights issues as Associate Director at the Anti-Defamation League and, prior to that, as the Youth Programs Director at the National Conference for Community and Justice. Tessa teaches classes and facilitates trainings on issues ranging from anti-bias education and social justice to empowerment through movement, mindfulness, and art. Her scholarship centers on community-based education and research, social change theories and movements, decolonization and indigenous knowledge, and prison education and abolition. 

Julie Kidd 

Julie has been the President and Trustee of the Endeavor Foundation since 1980. She has served as a Chair and Member on numerous Boards of Trustees in US and Europe, including Middlebury College, Hamilton College, Teachers College of Columbia University, The Brearley School, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Museum of the American Indian/Heye Foundation and the National Museum of the American Indian, the Board of the Artes Liberales Institute at the University of Warsaw, ECLA European College of Liberal Arts (now Bard College Berlin), and the Bratislava Institute of Humanism/Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. 

Caryn McTighe Musil 

Caryn McTighe Musil is the Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and formerly served as AAC&U’s Senior Vice President for the office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives.  In her current capacity directing a multi-project national initiative called Civic Prompts: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement, Dr. Musil has been working with colleges and universities to promote education for civic and social responsibility as a disciplinary dimension of every student’s major achieved through multiple experiences, research, and project-based learning scaffolded across the department.  While at AAC&U, she has directed more than two dozen national and international projects involving more than 400 colleges and universities.  She served as the lead author A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future released at the White House in 2012. She was a tenured faculty member in English and women’s studies before coming to AAC&U. 

Jonathan Metzl 

Jonathan M. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his MD from the University of Missouri, MA in humanities/poetics and Psychiatric internship/residency from Stanford University, and PhD in American Culture from University of Michigan, A 2008 Guggenheim fellow, Professor Metzl has written extensively for medical, psychiatric, and popular publications. His books include The Protest Psychosis, Prozac on the Couch, and Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality, as well as the forthcoming monograph, Dying of Whiteness (2019). 

Ken O’Donnell 

Ken O’Donnell is Vice Provost at California State University Dominguez Hills. He works closely with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Spagna, leading the division’s work on program quality, resource allocation, faculty affairs and development, student success and engagement, and innovation. Before coming to Dominguez Hills Ken was Senior Director of Student Engagement at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, leading system-wide offices and projects to strengthen STEM education, community engagement, transfer and articulation, and general education, all toward improving learning and persistence and closing achievement gaps. Ken has written about and addressed numerous conferences and workshops around the country on the intersections between deep learning and student success, the benefits of locating college learning in real-world contexts, and the role of public universities in higher education reform. Before coming to the CSU Ken was a member of the screenwriting faculty and an assistant dean at the film school at Chapman University.

Lynn Pasquerella 

Lynn has served as the President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) since July 2016. Prior to this role, she served as Mount Holyoke College’s eighteenth President, spearheading strategic planning, outreach, and campus community initiatives. In addition to her role as AAC&U president, Lynn is the President the Phi Beta Kappa Society, an advisory board member at the Newman’s Own Foundation, and host of Northeast Public Radio’s The Academic Minute. Throughout her career, Lynn has been guided by the belief that all students should have access to excellent liberal education, regardless of socioeconomic background.  

Joan Riley 

Joan is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation at Georgetown University’s School of Nursing & Health Studies. She also serves as a Senior Scholar in the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). Having dedicated more than thirty years to Georgetown, she has been recognized as 2009’s District of Columbia Teacher of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 

Verdis RobinsonVerdis Robinson 

Verdis L. Robinson is the Director for Community College Engagement at Campus Compact. As an advocate of community college civic education, Robinson directs The Democracy Commitment (TDC) initiative as part of his portfolio and continues the work he began two years ago as the national director of TDC, expanding membership, resources, and programming opportunities for community colleges. Before becoming national director of TDC, Robinson was a tenured Assistant Professor of History and African-American Studies at Monroe Community College (MCC) in Rochester, NY, where he taught web-enhanced, writing-intensive, service learning history courses for ten years. Additionally, Robinson is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Faculty Seminar on Citizenship and the American and Global Polity, and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Faculty Seminar on Rethinking Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and West. He is also a Public Scholar of Humanities New York. Robinson is the author of Bacon’s Rebellion and the Transformation of America (2014), a Reacting to the Past game in development, A Charge to Keep, I Have: The Biography of Bishop Charles Campbell (2001), and has co-authored the upcoming Beyond These Gates: Mountains of Hope in Rochester’s African-American History (2018) as well as contributed to Higher Education’s Role in Enacting a Thriving Democracy: Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Theory of Change (2018).


Philip Rous 

Philip is the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He provides leadership as UMBC continues to build excellence among the faculty, student body, and staff. Philip oversees the campus planning process, working collaboratively with Vice Presidents and Deans to coordinate planning and budgeting for the campus. Prior to his appointment as Provost, Philip served as Dean of the College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. As Dean, he provided leadership in creating the College’s Active Science Teaching and Learning Environment (CASTLE), which is focused on new pedagogical models for actively engaged student learning. His research is in the field of theoretical condensed matter physics, and he has contributed to the fundamental understanding of the crystallography of surfaces, the dynamics and structure of negative ion states at surfaces, and nanophysics