The Coalition or Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) is pleased to announce that Patrick M. Green, Ed.D., Loyola University Chicago, has been named editor of Metropolitan Universities journal. Dr. Green will assume the role in July 2023. He succeeds Valerie Holton, Ph.D., who served as editor since 2017 and now serves as CUMU executive director.

“I want to congratulate and thank Patrick for assuming this position. Patrick’s leadership and vision will ensure the Journal’s reach and impact continue to grow while reinforcing CUMU’s mission to advance knowledge that impacts our member campuses and the larger field of higher education,” said Holton.

Green has served as guest editor of two Metropolitan Universities journal issues, “The Intersection of Faith and Community Engagement at Urban Institutions” (December 2020) and “The Pedagogy of Place-Based Initiatives and Anchor Institutions” (March 2023).

“It is an honor and privilege to serve in this role with Metropolitan Universities journal, as this scholarly journal has been a publication fostering critical inquiry and constructive practice for me in my professional roles in the community and higher education. I am excited to build on this publication’s history of research and scholarship that explores and interrogates the relationship between higher education and the community, while also continuing to build the field and create change within our campuses, communities, and the exchanges between,” Green said.

Dr. Green, serving in higher education for over 20 years as a space-creator, pathway-paver, and systems-changer, began his tenure at Loyola University Chicago as the founding director of the Center for Experiential Learning in 2007, was appointed executive director in 2018, and lead its transition into the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, and Scholarship (CELTS) in 2020.

CELTS has evolved to elevate and explore place-based approaches to engaged scholarship, highlight critical service-learning with a justice-orientation, and position community partners as co-educators. And, under Green’s leadership, CELTS has become a model for community engagement centers across higher education.

First published in 1990 as a print journal, Metropolitan Universities disseminates scholarship and research relevant to urban and metropolitan universities. The Journal transitioned to an online, open-access journal in 2017 and continues to amplify CUMU’s mission by reinforcing the value of place-based institutions and illuminating our collective work of supporting the changing needs of our students, institutions, and cities.

The journal is hosted and supported by the IUPUI University Library.

The first issue, “Identity and Culture” (January 1990), was edited by Ernest A. Lynton, who served as executive editor through 1997. Lynton was a noted national academic leader whose leadership and writing helped to orchestrate the emergence of the ‘metropolitan university.’ His work and dedication to creating effective collaborations between campus, community, and commerce led to the formation of CUMU in 1989.

“Dr. Lynton championed a vision of scholarly engagement as inclusive, collaborative, and problem-oriented work in which academics share knowledge-generating tasks with the public and involve community partners as participants in public problem solving,” said Barbara Holland, who became executive editor in 1997 and served in that role through 2016. “Dr. Green will build on the Journal’s legacy while advancing leading scholarship for the next generation of academics.”

“The vision for Metropolitan Universities is to provide thought leadership that inspires change in our communities and institutions through research and scholarship that both generates knowledge and fosters innovative practices for urban and metropolitan institutions of higher education and the communities in which they live and work. This approach encourages and creates space for a variety of scholarly topics, including social and economic mobility, community engagement and partnership practices, community development and anchor institution approaches, the intersection of teaching, learning, and research with community wisdom, knowledge, and practice, as well as the relationship and interactions between communities and higher education institutions in urban and rural settings,” Green explained.

Green was recently honored by CUMU with the 2022 Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award. “His innovative approaches to student learning and engagement are replicated university wide and highly valued by our students,” noted Margaret Faut Callahan, provost and chief academic officer, Loyola University Chicago.

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Green has also served as coeditor of Crossing Boundaries: Tension and Transformation in International Service-Learning (Stylus Publishing, 2014), Re-conceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement: Exploring Intersections, Frameworks, and Models of Practice (Stylus Publishing, 2018), and guest editor of Experiential Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ELTHE, fall 2021 and spring 2022). He is serving as a co-editor for the International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IJRSLCE) in fall 2023. Green serves as a Scholar-in-Residence with the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSCLE), an Engaged Scholar with the Society of Experiential Education (SEE), and an Engaged Scholar with National Campus Compact.