Craig McEwen

March 10, 2009

Craig was Dean for Academic Affairs during the six years that Bowdoin went from a Community Service Resource Center staffed by just one VISTA to an endowed, fully staffed Center for the Common Good. This first-hand experience offers him unique awareness and skills in sharing the obstacles and vehicles for significant institutional change. He also uses service learning in his return to teaching sociology.

Name: Craig McEwen
Title: Daniel B. Fayerweather Professor of Political Economy and Sociology
Department: Sociology and Anthropology
Organization: Bowdoin College
Phone: 2077253429
Address: 7000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8470
Brief Biography:
As a beginning sociology teacher at Bowdoin College in 1976, Craig McEwen partnered with a local agency and worked with students who undertook a major research project for that agency. Over the years since he has advised independent study students working with community organizations on research projects and is now teaching each semester a course organized around an on-going research project with community partners about housing for low income families. While Dean for Academic Affairs for 7 years, he collaborated with the Dean of Student Affairs to propose a Center for the Common Good that would bridge student service activity and course-related community-based teaching and research as well as encourage public scholarship by faculty. Now back on the faculty, he is Senior Faculty Fellow at the Center, which is directed by Susie Dorn. McEwen has a B. A. from Oberlin College and M.A. and Ph. D. in sociology from Harvard University. He has taught at Bowdoin since 1975 and taught previously at Morgan State University.

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