Professor Usher recently completed a seven-year run as chair and organizer of the American Democracy Project, a campus initiative designed to build a more engaged student citizenry. Dr. Usher also worked with the New York Times College Division developing a civic engagement web resource viewed by hundreds of campuses and administrators. In the burgeoning field of student engagement, he has published several peer reviewed journals and presented over 25 papers on student and community engagement.
Carnegie Scholar for Civic Engagement
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Curriculum Diversity Fellow
University System of Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow
Diversity and Inclusion Fellow
USG’s Global Scholars Fellow
Community Based Learning Fellow
Diversity and Inclusion Sustainability Fellow
For Dr. Usher, engagement is not solely an intellectual enterprise. He partners with a variety of organization throughout the city to lead forums on voter empowerment, workshops on political participation, and community engagement awareness programming. Working partnerships include the Office of the Governor, The Supreme Court of Georgia, The Office of the Mayor, The Office of the Secretary of State, The Georgia House of Representatives, Cobb Elections, Amnesty International to name a few.