Institute of Public Service Professor Kevin Ward received the Bill Basl Commitment to Service Award from Serve Washington on October 21, 2016. The award, named for Bill Basl, current director of AmeriCorps for the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to public service.
Ward received his PhD and MPA from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado following his experience with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. He has maintained his connection to national service, most recently as an ambassador for the Franklin Project, an initiative of the Aspen Institute, to increase national service opportunities.
Ward joined the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences in 2013 and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in public policy, public administration, advocacy, and nonprofit management. His research interests include national service programs such as AmeriCorps, nonprofit governance, motivations of public and nonprofit employees, and interorganizational collaboration.
His research has appeared in Public Administration Review, Public Personnel Management, and Risk, Hazards, & Crisis in Public Policy. Ward has also held research appointments with the RAND Corporation and the Urban Institute. His essays and op-eds on national service have appeared in the Seattle Times and Huffington Post.
In making the award, Debbie Schuffenhaurer, Serve Washington executive director said, “Most importantly, he encourages his students to explore AmeriCorps national service as a transformative experience – an opportunity to sharpen one’s skills and build a narrative about one’s self and the type of world you want to see.”
Photo, l to r: Bill Basl, Kevin Ward, Debbie Schuffenhaurer