SNE 2019 Ehrlich Finalists

November 19, 2019

The 2019 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award was awarded to Diya Abdo, Associate Professor of English at Guilford College. Additionally, four faculty members were named finalists for the award. Campus Compact for Southern New England is pleased to congratulate and highlight two finalists from our member campuses: Dr. Suzanne Cashman of UMass Medical, and Dr. Joseph Krupczynski of UMass Amherst.

The Ehrlich Award recognizes a senior faculty member for their exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.

Suzanne Cashman
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Suzanne B Cashman, ScD, Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Director of Community Health in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, is trained in health services research and evaluation. Dr. Cashman has spent the thirty-five years of her professional career teaching graduate public and community health courses, developing curricula for medical and public health students and residents, conducting community-based evaluation research, and fostering partnerships aimed at helping communities improve their health. With secondary appointments in the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences and in the Graduate School of Nursing, Dr. Cashman is also faculty for the University’s Preventive Medicine Residency. When Dr. Cashman joined the UMMS faculty in 1999, she co-led a state supported initiative to develop and evaluate interprofessional health care delivery teams in community health centers. Recently, she has been applying knowledge gained from her years of experience functioning as a bridge between the community and the academy to the development and evaluation of community-responsive health improvement initiatives. A common thread running through these initiatives is developing and using partnership principles as the basis for carrying out a community-based participatory research approach to research.

Currently, Dr. Cashman Co-Directs the Determinants of Health Course for undergraduate medical students and plays a lead role in the course’s Population Health Clerkship.  She also co-directs the community engagement section of the UMMS Center for Clinical and Translational Science and of its Center for Health Equity Intervention Research. In addition, she is an investigator for the school’s CDC funded UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center.  Dr. Cashman provides evaluation assistance to the statewide Area Health Education Center Network and also served as Principal Investigator for UMass Worcester’s Learn and Service initiative funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Dr. Cashman is a founding member of Worcester’s Common Pathways healthy communities coalition and is a member of its leadership council.  For the past ten years, she has served as a leader in the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and as a Senior Consultant for Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH).  Dr. Cashman was recently elected to join the CCPH board where she will continue to advance efforts to bridge community and academia and through developing authentic partnerships.

“For me,” Dr. Cashman writes, “teaching has always been about two questions: Teaching for what? and Education for what? My response has always been: to serve the public good and to contribute to improving society… Since arriving at UMMS 20 years ago, I have synthesized [my] prior experiences into a cohesive approach to teaching and learning. That approach merges didactic instruction with direct hands-on experience, often through the use of service-learning pedagogy. It also has been marked by an aim of helping students understand the role they can play in improving the health care system and in ensuring that they have the understanding and the skills needed to advance public health’s foundations of social justice and health equity.”

Joseph Krupczynski
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Joseph Krupczynski is a designer, public artist and educator. He is the principal of “studio projects”, an interdisciplinary design studio which links design, culture and art through public and private design commissions, installations, activism and research. His recent creative work and scholarship promotes imaginative community partnerships, and crafts participatory art/design platforms to engage a variety of issues within the built environment—especially in collaboration with underrepresented communities. Professor Krupczynski is also a founding director of The Center for Design Engagement (C*DE), a 501(c)(3) design resource center. The C*DE is dedicated to bringing progressive architectural design, public art and civic engagement strategies to local communities and community-based organizations—and advocates for innovative and sustainable solutions to contemporary art/design problems in Massachusetts cities and towns.

Professor Krupczynski is also the director of the office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) at UMass Amherst (umass.edu/cesl). The mission of CESL is to promote learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just world. 

His co-edited volume (in collaboration with Mari Castañeda), Learning from Diverse Latinx Communities: Social Justice Approaches to Civic Engagement (Lang, 2017), was published fall 2017. His other recent work includes: “Holyoke Visible” (2015–2016), a participatory public art process/project at three important revitalization sites in Holyoke (in collaboration with Professor Max Page); the Civic Engagement Plan for “The New England Knowledge Corridor (Hartford-Springfield),” and author of the report, Sustainability and Equity, Engaging Underrepresented Communities on Issues of Sustainability in the Pioneer Valley (2014).

“I have strived to develop an integrated creative research, teaching, and outreach practice that values the reciprocal knowledge creation and exchange that is central to the community-engaged approaches I employ across all my efforts,” writes Dr. Krupczynski. “This methodology recognizes that a community’s participation is critical in the making of ‘place’ and thus plays an important role in my space/place-making as a public artist/designer, in my engagement with students in the studio, and in the spaces of academia I support and interact with as an administrator. As a result, the body of work I have produced as a scholar and teacher is rooted in engaged academic work, community collaboration for change, and advocating for institutional impact and engagement.”

For eligibility criteria, past recipients, and other details about the Ehrlich Award, see www.compact.org/impact-awards.