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Mathew Johnson

Mathew Johnson

Executive Director, Swearer Center for Public Service
Director of the College and University Engagement Initiative
Associate Dean of the College, Engaged Scholarship
Professor of Practice, Sociology

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Mathew Johnson is the Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service and Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship at Brown University. Since being named executive director in 2016, Mathew has been responsible for a period of transformative change at the Swearer Center, which connects students, faculty and community leaders, and provides national and international leadership in the field of community engagement and engaged scholarship.

Mathew is the director of the College and University Engagement Initiative (CUEI), an international community engagement in higher education field-building initiative, and the co-founder and co-director of the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement with the Siena College Research Institute. Mathew also directs the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification, which is housed at the Swearer Center, and leads the multi-year international Carnegie Classification project which includes 26 institutions of higher education across the world. He sits on the editorial board for Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement; is an Ashoka Change Leader; and directs the ongoing development of the Cordes award-winning social innovation programming at the Swearer Center.

Earning his Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University, Mathew has been a faculty member for more than 20 years. He holds an appointment as Professor of the Practice in Sociology at Brown University and maintains an active research and professional academic profile. Mathew has published several books on community engagement including Elective Carnegie Community Engagement Classification (Co-Editor, Stylus, 2017), Editor and Author of Deepening Community Engagement in Higher Education: Forging New Pathways (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Crossing Boundaries: Tensions and Transformation in International Service-Learning (Stylus, 2014).

Mathew has served on the Board of Directors of the Consortium on Peace Research, Education, and Development (COPRED), the Board of the Peace Studies Association (PSA) and the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA). He has also served in committees of the Peace and War Section of the American Sociological Association, and as a Vice President and President of the New England Sociological Society. Mathew is a trained mediator and facilitator of adventure-based education. Recognized as a Campus Compact Engaged Scholar (2007), Mathew has consulted for more than 150 institutions of higher education both nationally and internationally, frequently serves as an invited speaker for academic and professional conferences and gatherings, and delivers workshops and professional development symposia on higher education leadership and community engagement.

For more information on Dr. Mathew Johnson, visit his LinkedIn profile.