The cross-programmatic Community Engagement efforts at UW Bothell are rapidly growing into one of our regional and national signatures and we are pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Markham has accepted the position of Director of Community-Based Learning and Research. With a PhD in Philosophical Theology from Durham University (UK), an MA in Theological Studies, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology—and with an MA in Sociology pending—Paul will come to us with in-depth transdisciplinary training in both his academic and in his community engagement leadership experience.
Already a national leader in these areas, Paul is the recipient of the 2012 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement and the 2012 President’s Service Award at Western Kentucky University. He has spoken at the White House on three separate occasions about civic engagement initiatives; led a team to author Kentucky’s first Civic Health Index report; and has also created Public Achievement of Kentucky, a K-12 initiative.
While at Western Kentucky University, Paul served as the founding Co-Director of the Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, as the Director of the ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships, and as a fellow on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He also has a great deal of teaching experience, most recently in Interdisciplinary Studies and University Honors courses.