The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) awarded Campbell F. Scribner, assistant professor at the University of Maryland College of Education, a mini-grant to advance civic learning and social responsibility in undergraduate and graduate programs.
Dr. Scribner’s grant was one of 24 awarded by AAC&U out of the 134 applications it received for its Civic Prompts: Civic Learning in the Major by Design initiative. The initiative, funded through a grant from the Endeavor Foundation, is designed to support higher education institutions in incorporating civic education and social responsibility within a student’s major or specialized program.
“The College of Education is excited to expand its commitment to civic education and to offer new opportunities for student engagement and leadership both inside and outside the classroom,” Dr. Scribner said. “This award will help us foreground personal virtue, social justice, and the public good across all of our areas of study.”
Dr. Scribner is a faculty member in the UMD College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. His research focuses on educational policy, history and philosophy and is centered around conflicting notions of democracy in American schools, as reflected in his first book, The Fight for Local Control: Schools, Suburbs and American Democracy.
“Educating for democracy is more critical than ever, and AAC&U is proud to support the departments and institutions receiving grants for their commitment to advancing liberal education in the major as a foundation for fostering civic engagement,” said AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella in a press release announcing the awards.