Eastern Michigan University professor recognized for his dedication to building partnerships between schools and community partners


YPSILANTI – Ethan Lowenstein, a professor of teacher education at Eastern Michigan University, has been named one of the recipients of the Champion of Engagement Award by the Michigan Campus Compact.

The Champion of Engagement Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sustainability and institutionalization of community engagement, with particular attention given to those who are able to bridge the activities of student affairs and academic affairs.


Ethan Lowenstein, EMU professor in the College of Education, recipient of the Champion of Engagement Award

Lowenstein will receive the award during the Michigan Campus Compact’s annual gala event on April 7 at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing.

“Ethan has done amazing work as a teacher educator, as well as through his work as director of the Southeast Michigan Stewardship (SEMIS) Coalition,” said Russell Olwell, interim executive director for government and community relations, director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Family and Community at EMU. “His work with SEMIS and with EcoJustice education has forged deep and strong partnerships that have revolutionized the way professional development is offered in schools and to teachers.”

The Michigan Campus Compact represents a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. The organization promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement. For more information, visit the Michigan Campus Compact homepage.

Eastern Michigan University is the home organization for the SEMIS Coalition. SEMIS is dedicated to building partnerships between schools and community partners to develop students as citizen-stewards of healthy ecological-social systems.

“Ethan is pioneer in getting his teacher education classes into the field,” Olwell said. “He has developed his community-oriented pedagogy and has enabled his students to have exemplary experiences.”

The SEMIS Coalition is supported by the EMU College of Education and is housed within the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities. For more information about SEMIS, visit the SEMIS homepage.


About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

March 30, 2016

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Geoff Larcom