Marshall Welch has been in higher education for 30+ years as a professor, department chair, campus center director, and Assistant Vice Provost for Engagement.  

Marshall Welch has served as the Assistant Vice Provost for Engagement at Saint Mary’s College of California. Prior to this role, he was the Director of the Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) overseeing the service-learning and community engagement program at Saint Mary’s College. Before coming to Saint Mary’s College in 2007, Marshall was the Director of the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center at the University of Utah and a faculty member in the College of Education.

Marshall has taught numerous service-learning courses and has several publications, presentations, and workshops on service-learning, civic engagement, and spiritual development in education. His structural rubrics for conceptualizing and implementing service-learning (O.P.E.R.A.) and reflection, such as the ABCs of reflection, have garnered national and international attention. 

Marshall recently completed a national study of college community service centers with John Saltmarsh of the New England Research Center for Higher Education. Together they have presented their findings at international conferences, in a book chapter, and one national webinar.  In partnership with Campus Compact, Marshall and John Saltmarsh hosted at two-day institute for directors of campus centers for community engagement at Saint Mary’s College.  
He also hosted the 3rd annual conference on service-learning research in 2003 and co-edited a book entitled, New Perspective in Service-Learning: Research to advance the Field.  He serves on the board of the International Association of Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE). 

​He played an instrumental role in the conceptualization of the Campus Compact Professional Development Institutes for directors of campus community service centers and hosted the first institute at the University of Utah in 2004. From those institutes, came the workbook, Looking In/Reaching Out: A reflective guide for Community Service-Learning Professionals published by Campus Compact that includes his chapter entitled, “A Travel Guide on the Culture, Mission, and Politics of Academic to Promote Service-Learning.”

He earned his doctorate in Special Education from Southern Illinois University in 1987 and completed his undergraduate work in Education and Sociology at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Marshall recently completed his Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary studying the spirituality of service-learning.

Marshall and his wife, Julie, are the parents of two adult sons and the proud grandparents of a grand daughter and grand son.  They both enjoy gardening, camping, hiking, and traveling.  They live in the Portland, Oregon area.


Download Vita