Dr. Mathew Johnson received his Ph. D in Sociology from Brandeis University. His previous academic appointments include a tenured faculty position in the University of Maine System, and as a Department Chair at West Virginia Wesleyan. He is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, and Director of Academic Community Engagement at Siena College.
Dr. Johnson is the founding director of ACE including the Siena VISTA Fellows Program, the Siena Bonner Service Leaders Program, the Academic Service Learning/ Community Based Research Program, the Academic AmeriCorps Program, and International Service Internship Program. These programs combine to bring more than 3 million dollars of state, federal, and private investments in community development partnerships throughout New York’s Capital Region annually. Through these partnerships, the intellectual resources of Siena College are brought to bear on the social and economic challenges of the Capital Region.
Dr. Johnson has been honored by Campus Compact as a National Engaged Scholar and has won several competitive federal and foundation grants to support the ongoing integration of academic service learning and community engagement into the institutional life of Siena College. Most recently he was invited to serve on the National Educational Roundtable that resulted in the AACU report Crucible Moment, and was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the New York State Commission on National and Community Service.
Dr. Johnson is the co-founder of the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement and has been a co-author on the last two New York Civic Health Index reports of the National Council on Citizenship. He has published chapters on integration of service and academics and has pieces in two forthcoming volumes on the issue. Dr. Johnson is also the co-coordinator of the national High-Impact Initiative, a partnership between the Bonner Foundation and AAC&U to build a national learning community around linking high impact learning practices and high impact community engagement practices.
Dr. Johnson’s teaching and research foci are on issues of civic health and participation, community development and democracy, community and environmental sustainability, and higher education. He serves as an executive officer on the Board of Directors several non-profits in the Capital Region.