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Executive Dean

Dan Garvey

Discipline: Social Change & Cross-cultural Studies

Dan Garvey will be sailing on his seventh Semester at Sea Voyage as Executive Dean. He will be teaching SOC 362 Social Change on this voyage. This course is a student-directed experience that provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand and initiate action towards social justice. He is President Emeritus of Prescott College serving as President from 2000-2010. Dan is also Professor and founding Fellow of the Institute for Sustainable Social Change at Prescott College. Dan has been a faculty member and administrator at six colleges and universities. Including more than 16 years at the University of New Hampshire. During his tenure at UNH he received the Teaching Excellence Award. He was also the Executive Director of the Association for Experiential Education at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s the recipient of several recognitions and awards including The Kurt Hahn Award and Julian Smith Award. He was a member of the first planning committee that helped create AmeriCorps.

Dan has extensive international experience working with projects in Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, and Israel. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado and his dissertation focused on the possible effects of cross-culture experience on the ethical development of college students. Dan has strong ties to the mountaineering and experiential education communities and was a Trustee of The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Project Adventure and a supporter of the United World Colleges. He believes that Semester at Sea has the potential to help educate a group of learners who can positively change the world and influence decisions that benefit the common good.