Daniel Carter, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, and Academic Civic Engagement Leader, is the recipient of a 2020 Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award. These awards are presentedby the Tennessee Higher Education Commission to recognize exemplary public service.
Daniel Carter was nominated for his civic initiatives in his homeplace, Marion County, and his work with Sewanee students on these initiatives.
As a local farmer and land use policy expert, he serves as a liaison that can represent farming viewpoints to the conservation community, as well as translate scientific and policy issues to fellow farmers. His most recent service includes The Thrive Regional Partnership, founding board member (2016- Present); Natural Treasures Alliance of The Thrive Partnership, chair (2014- present); Tennessee River Gorge Trust, president of the board (2010-2012).
Daniel has, moreover, involved himself in two different community-building projects in Marion County:: placemaking education in the schools as well as the creation of support programming for at-risk youth. In his Education course at the University, Curriculum Design for Place-Based Education, students work with faculty and local experts on the history and geology of Marion County, to provide Marion County High School teachers teaching modules to enhance student learning about the geology and environmental history and issues facing Marion County: 1) geology/physical history, 2) coal and railroads. Daniel has worked closely with government and community leaders in Marion County to bring a YMCA, Y-CAP early intervention and prevention program for youth ages 10-15 who have been referred to the program either through the juvenile court system or the school system.
“Daniel Carter embodies what is best about the integration of academic expertise with dedicated service to local communities. Because of his passionate but thoughtful work in and with local and regional leaders, I can think of no one more worthy of receiving the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award than Daniel Carter,” said Vice-Chancellor emeritus John McCardell.
“I received this award because Sewanee students enthusiastically embraced class projects that were meaningful to the communities beyond Sewanee, Carter. “ I see this as a collective award, demonstrating Sewanee's commitment to Civic Engagement. I have enjoyed watching Sewanee students move on to careers that are centered on the public good. A friend of mine, who is a conservation leader in the region, recently hired two Sewanee grads and he said to me: "There is truly something special about Sewanee students." and this is why I love to work here.”
Previous recipients of the award from the University of the South are Dixon Myers, Associate Director of Civic Engagement, 2019; James Peterman, Professor of Philosophy and Director of Civic Engagement, 2015, Carrie Ryan, Anthropology, C’12, and Professor of Religion, Gerald Smith, 2011.