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Hunt named national ADP Civic Fellow

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Stephen Hunt

The American Association of State Colleges and University’s American Democracy Project (ADP) named Stephen Hunt one of the national Civic Fellows for 2017. Only six ADP Civic Fellows are chosen from programs throughout the nation.

Hunt, the executive director of the School of Communication at Illinois State University, will join other ADP Civic Fellows to explore assessment, research, and programs that support ADP’s mission.

One of the founders of the ADP chapter at Illinois State, Hunt’s work includes the formation of the Political Engagement Project (PEP) on campus. PEP’s aim is to increase student awareness of—and engagement in—political systems and processes on a non-partisan basis. Illinois State’s PEP was the first to receive Political Engagement Project Program of Excellence Award sponsored by The New York Times and the national American Democracy Project.

Hunt’s research examines the teaching of civic and political engagement, critical thinking, and analysis and the assessment of communication skills. In the announcement of his appointment, ADP officials noted his “dedication to training students and educating them about communication and speech will lend to his work with ADP and his expertise will help improve ADP’s programming.” In partnership with ADP, Hunt plans to lead a new research project on nonpartisan political learning and engagement and spearhead the ADP political engagement learning network.

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