Marshall Welch has served as the Assistant Vice Provost for Engagement at Saint Mary’s College of California, which has received the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) overseeing the service-learning and community engagement program at Saint Mary’s College. Before coming to Saint Mary’s College in 2007, Marshall was the Director of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah and a faculty member in the College of Education.
Marshall recently completed a national study of college community service centers with John Saltmarsh of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education. Their work combined benchmarks from the Carnegie Classification with best practice from the literature to develop the National Inventory of Institutional Infrastructure for Community Engagement (NIIICE) that can be used for institutionalization strategic planning and program development. Together they have presented their findings at international conferences, in a book chapter, and one national webinar. This work led to development of his book, Engaging Higher Education: Purpose, Platforms, and Programs, published by Stylus in the summer of 2016.
In partnership with Campus Compact, Marshall and John Saltmarsh hosted at two-day institute for directors of campus centers for community engagement at Saint Mary’s College in July 2016.
He also hosted the 3rd annual conference on service-learning research in 2003 and co-edited a book entitled, New Perspective in Service-Learning: Research to advance the Field. He serves on the board of the International Association of Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). Marshall played an instrumental role in the conceptualization of the Campus Compact Professional Development Institutes for directors of campus community service centers and hosted the first institute at the University of Utah in 2004. From those institutes, came the workbook, Looking In/Reaching Out: A reflective guide for Community Service-Learning Professionals published by Campus Compact that includes his chapter entitled, “A Travel Guide on the Culture, Mission, and Politics of Academic to Promote Service-Learning.”
He participated in the national round table discussions sponsored by the National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement that generated the national white paper entitled, The Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future. He recently published a memoir of a “recovering academic” entitled, Academese: An Insider Look At the In-speak and Culture of Academia.
Marshall has taught numerous service-learning courses and has several publications, presentations, book chapters, and workshops on service-learning and civic engagement. He is co-author with Dr. Lina Dostilio on a forthcoming book entitled, The Community Engagement Professional’s Guidebook to be co-published by Stylus Publishing and Campus Compact. His structural rubrics for conceptualizing and implementing service-learning (O.P.E.R.A.) and reflection, such as the ABCs of reflection, have garnered national and international attention. Each summer he leads a workshop on reflection with K-12 teachers who conduct service-learning courses along the Appalachian Trail and the Iditarod Trail in Alaska.
He earned his doctorate in Special Education from Southern Illinois University in 1987 and completed his undergraduate work in Education and Sociology at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is now an independent scholar living in the Portland, Oregon area with his wife, Julie.