Lynton Colloquium Program Chair: Elaine Ward
Elaine Ward is Assistant Professor of Education at Merrimack College teaching in both the Masters in Higher Education and Masters in Community Engagement programs. She teaches graduate courses on community engagement, higher education leadership and policy, teaching and learning and research methods. Dr. Ward earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Ward has worked in higher education in the States and in Europe for 14 years, 10 years at UMass Boston. In 2010, she was awarded the Arnold F. Graves Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Dublin Institute of Technology’s Higher Education Policy Institute where her research focused on the social value of arts and humanities research and European higher education policy. Dr. Ward has numerous publications and is currently working on her book for Michigan State University Press – Women’s Ways of Engagement: Gender, Community Engaged Scholarship and Institutional Change. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement and is a Board Member for the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. She is a long time reviewer for the Annual Lynton Award and is a NERCHE Visiting Scholar. Dr. Ward consults with Community Colleges, Campus Compact and the American Association for State Colleges and Universities on issues of faculty development, organizational change and community engaged research. Her current research interests include, faculty community engaged scholarly identity, institutional transformation, and graduate students as public scholars.