AASCU Recognizes Mark with William M. Plater Award
June 2021: The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has recognized Mark with the William A. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. The award, named after former IUPUI Chief Academic Officer William Plater, recognizes university chief academic officers for "exemplary leadership . . . in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates through programs and activities that encourage greater knowledge, skills, experiences and reflection about the role of citizens in a democracy." During his time as chief academic officer at IU Kokomo, from 2015 to the present, Mark has led the KEY ("Kokomo Experience and You"), which involves an array of experiential-learning opportunities. On the national scene, he is a leader in the area of digital literacy, leading the team that built the "Mind Over Chatter" curriculum, funded by the Rita Allen Foundation and RTI International, and participating in numerous national presentations and panels on digital literacy. His team's work was recently featured in the magazine Liberal Education. More information is available in the June 2021 issue of the American Democracy Project's newsletter.