Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

 

 

 

Presidential Citizen Scholar Program

History

In the summer of 2004, Dr. Harry Basehart and Dr. Francis Kane (PACE Co-Directors) were co-recipients of the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship. Each year this prestigious award is given by the University System of Maryland to four USM faculty members, based on their professional qualifications and the projects they are developing. Funds from this award were used to develop a pilot version of the Presidential Citizen Scholar Program. This program built on PACE's mission to address student apathy and cynicism about politics by partnering with regional and state civic organizations to provide experiences of what authentic politics can be and to offer students hands-on learning opportunities in government.

The pilot program (2004 - 2005) was a multi-faceted, year-long civic engagement experience that prepared students to become future community leaders. It offered students of all majors and levels of experience opportunities to become engaged in the political life of the community and to develop habits of citizenship. Students who completed the requirements of this program received a certificate and distinctive recognition as "Presidential Citizen Scholars".

In the summer of 2005, Dr. Basehart and Dr. Kane were awarded the Wilson H. Elkins Professorship for a second year for their work with the Presidential Citizen Scholar Program. These funds were used to fund the first year of the new two-year program (2005-2007). In the fall of 2007, the program changed to a one-year program

Past Events

SPRING 2013 CALENDAR

  • John R. Hargreaves Distinguished Legislative Fellow Award Ceremony          Honoring Delegate John l. Bohanan, Jr. with the Hargreaves Award presented by Salisbury University President Janet-Dudley Eshbach and PACE in Annapolis, Maryland.            Thursday, February 21st, 2013 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Perspectives by Frank Gannon                                                                         Gannon, a former aide who helped Nixon prepare his memoirs, shares his reflections, thoughts and interviews with the 37th president.
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.

FALL 2012 CALENDAR

  • World Cafe Event
    Provides an opportunity to connect diverse perspectives with the goal of finding common themes. Monday, October 22nd at 5 p.m. in the Wicomico Room.     
  • Presidential Debate Watch Party
    An interactive experience with students during the debate using pollseverywhere.com in GUC Fireside Lounge on Tuesday, October 16th at 9 p.m.

     

  • Gay Marriage Forum
    In celebration of Constitution Day at Salisbury University, PACE held a forum on Maryland Ballot Question 6.  Monday, October 15th at 7 p.m. in the Wicomico Room.

     

  • National Conventions Student Presentations
    Salisbury University seniors, Jessica Cahill and Chelsea Brown, give a presentation on their experiences at the Democratic and Republican 2012 National Conventions.  Tuesday, October 9th at 7 p.m. in TETC 153.
  • Dream Act Forum
    PACE held the forum to address Maryland Ballot Question 4-Tuition Rates for Undocumented Immigrants.  Wednesday, October 3rd at 7 p.m. in the Wicomico Room.

 

 

Past Courses

Spring 2013

A three credit course, "Political Engagement II," was taught by Dr. Adam Hoffman, PACE Director.

A one credit course, "Researching Community Needs," was taught by Dr. Michele M. Schlehofer, of the Psychology Department.

A one credit course, "Community and Civic Journalism," was taught by Dr. Jennifer Cox, of the Communications Department.


Spring 2012

A one credit course, "Introduction to Political Engagement II," was taught by Dr. Adam Hoffman, PACE Director.

A one credit course, "Connecting Salisbury: Exploring Community Networks," was taught by Mark DeSocio of the Geography Department.


Fall 2011

A one credit course, "Introduction to Political Engagement I," (IDIS 280-004) was taught by Dr. Adam Hoffman, PACE Director.

A one credit course, "Global Citizenship," was taught by Dr. Maarten Pereboom, Fulton School of Liberal Arts Dean.

A one credit course, "Viability of Community Policing," was taught by Dr. Haven Simmons of the Communications Arts Department.


Spring 2011

A one-credit course, “Activism Through Community Engagement,” (IDIS 280-003) was taught by Dr. Dennis Leoutsakas of the Communication Arts Department.

A one-credit seminar, “The Ethics of Poverty” (IDIS 280-005) will be taught by Dr. Tim Stock of the Philosophy Department.


Fall 2010

A one-credit course, "Introduction to Political Engagement," was taught by Dr. Adam Hoffman, PACE Director.

A one-credit seminar, "College Student Voting," was taught by Dr. Leonard Robinson of the Political Science Department.


Spring 2010

A one-credit seminar titled, "Strategies for Political Change" was taught by Dr. Adam Hoffman, PACE Co-Director.

A one-credit seminar titled, "Assessing the Viability of Community Policing" was taught by Dr. Haven Simmons of the Communication Arts Department.

A one-credit seminar titled, "Issues & Politics in Maryland" was taught by Dr. Harry Basehart, Professor Emeritus of the Political Science Department.

A one-credit seminar titled, "The Local Food Movement" was taught by Dr. Shawn McEntee of the Sociology Department.

A one-credit seminar titled, "Maryland Student Legislature" was taught by Dr. Adam Hoffman, PACE Director.


Fall 2009

A one-credit seminar titled, "Citizen Scholar Workshop" was taught by Dr. Fran Kane, Dr. Adam Hoffman, Dr. Creston Long and Ginie Lynch.

A one-credit seminar titled, "Gardening, Farming and Food Sustainability" was taught by Dr. James Hatley of the Philosophy Department.


Spring 2009
A one-credit seminar titled, "PACE Global Studies Seminar" was taught by Dr. Mike Lewis in the History Department.

A one-credit seminar titled, "Salisbury Elects a Mayor" was taught by Dr. Harry Basehart, Professor Emeritus.

A one-credit seminar titled, "Exploring Salisbury: Geographical Applications in the Community" was taught by Dr. Mark De Socio in the Geography and Geosciences Department.

A one-credit seminar titled, "Activism through Community House" was taught by Dr. Dennis Leoutsakas in the Communications Department.


Fall 2008
A one-credit seminar titled, "College Student Voting" was taught by Dr. Harry Basehart, Professor Emeritus (IDIS 280-003).

A one-credit seminar titled, "Selling the Candidate: Campaign Ads in American Politics" was taught by Dr. Adam Hoffman in the Political Science Department (IDIS 280-006).


Spring 2007
A one-credit seminar titled, "Citizen Workshop II: Capstone Seminar" was taught by Dr. Francis Kane (Philosophy), Dr. Creston Long (History) and Mrs. Mary Kane (Nursing). This class was mandatory for 2005 - 2007 Presidential Citizen Scholars who completed the program in
May 2007.


Fall 2006      
A one-credit seminar titled "College Student Voting Seminar" was taught by Dr. Harry Basehart in the Political Science Department (IDIS 280-003). 
 
A one-credit seminar titled "Growth and Development in Ocean City" was taught by Dr. Haven Simmons in the Communication and Theater Arts Department (IDIS-007).
   
A one-credit  seminar titled, "Citizen Workshop II: Capstone Seminar" was taught by Dr. Francis Kane (Philosophy Department) IDIS 280-004.  This class was mandatory for 2005 - 2007 Presidential Citizen Scholars who graduated in December 2006.    


Spring 2006:  
A one-credit seminar titled, "Learning in Community: Town-Gown
Relations in Salisbury and Beyond"
was taught by Dr. Richard England (Bellavance Honor's Program).

A one-credit seminar titled, "Maryland Votes - 2006" was taught by Dr. Harry Basehart (Political Science Department).

A one-credit seminar titled, "Local-State Environmental Policies" was taught by Dr. Judith Stribling (Biological Sciences).

A one-credit seminar titled,
"Development Issues in Wicomico County" was taught by Dr. Joan Maloof (Biological Sciences).

A one-credit sseminar titled, "Citizen Workshop II: Capstone Seminar" was taught by Dr. Harry Basehart (Political Science) and Dr. Francis Kane (Philosophy).  This class was mandatory for 2005 - 2007 Presidential Citizen Scholars who graduated in May or December 2006.


Fall 2005:
A one-credit seminar titled, "College Student Voting Seminar" was taught by Dr. Harry Basehart  (Political Science).

A one-credit seminar titled, "4 to 2 Zoning Controversy" was taught by Dr. Haven Simmons (Communication and Theater Arts).

A one-credit sseminar titled, "Citizen Workshop I: Fundamental Experience" was taught by Dr. Harry Basehart (Political Science) and Dr. Francis Kane (Philosophy).
This class was mandatory for all 2005 - 2007 Presidential Citizen Scholars.


Spring 2005:
A three-credit seminar titled, "Influencing State Policy Project: Teaching Social Work Students to Analyze Policy and to Advocate for Policy Change" was taught by Dr. James Forte (Social Work).

A one-credit seminar titled, "Development for Whom? Land Use Conflict on the Delmarva Peninsula" was taught by Dr. Margaret Foraker (Geography and Geosciences). The class examined the issues surrounding development on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Another one-credit seminar titled, "Citizen Education in the Information Age" was taught by Dr. Creston Long (History). The class looked at how voters gather and process political information.

Another one-credit seminar titled, "Issues at the End of Life: Ethics and Public Awareness" was taught by Mary Kane (Nursing) and Dr. Francis Kane (Co-Director of PACE and Philosophy Professor). The class looked at ethical issues that cluster around end of life decisions.


Fall 2004:
A one-credit seminar on "The Rhetoric of Presidential Debates" was held during the Fall 2004 semester. This was taught by Dr. Elizabeth Curtin and Dr. Thomas Moriarty (English).

A one-credit seminar on
"College Student Voting" was also held during the Fall 2004 semester. This was taught by Dr. Harry Basehart (Co-Director of PACE and Political Science Professor).


Spring 2004
A three-credit seminar explored, "Agricultural Transformation in Wicomico County from 1880 to the Present" was taught by Dr. Michael Lewis (History).


Spring 2002
A three-credit seminar explored "Immigration on Delmarva: A Look at Public Policy and its Effects on Undocumented Workers" was taught by Dr. Katherine Zak (English) and Amy Liebman (Consultant).