About

The Swearer Center is a community of scholars, students, practitioners and community members that work together to build on community strengths and address community challenges. In January 2017, in an effort to further its mission set forth in the strategic plan “Community Engaged Scholarship and Action: A New Plan for the Swearer Center for Public Service,” the Swearer Center launched a National Field-Building Initiative, which has evolved into the College and University Engagement Initiative (CUEI). CUEI contributes to the fields of community engagement and social innovation through collaboration with students, faculty, community partners, institutions of higher education and networks for community engagement and social innovation. 

  • Julie Plaut

    Director of Faculty Engagement and Research, Assistant Dean of the College

    Julie Plaut has held leadership positions with Campus Compact at the state and national levels for the last 19 years. Prior to becoming the Executive Director of Minnesota Campus Compact in 2009, she served as Director of Academic Initiatives with the national Campus Compact and an independent consultant to other state Compacts and nonprofit organizations in the field. 

  • Georgina Manok

    Assistant Director, Research and Assessment

    Georgina manages research and assessment at the Center. She collaborates with her colleagues across units to design and implement center-wide and programmatic assessment and evaluation instruments.

  • Mathew Johnson

    Associate Dean of the College, Engaged Scholarship, Executive Director, The Swearer Center for Public Service, Professor of Practice, Sociology

    Dr. 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. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Brandeis University.