Sean J. Creighton, PhD, is a 2006 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.

Dr. Sean Creighton [ See Comments below]

Dissertation Committee:

  • Jon Wergin, Ph.D. Committee Chair
  • Richard Couto, Ph.D. Committee Member
  • Katherine Cauley, Ph.D. Committee Member
  • Rick Battistoni, Ph.D. External Reader


service learning, community involvement, civic engagement, partnership, higher education, action research

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The central purpose of this research study was to develop common indicators of engagement for civic initiatives between institutions of higher education and their community organization partners. The unique aspect of this study was that the indicators were generated by the community organizations participating as stakeholders in campus-community partnerships. Using an action research methodology that involved eleven community organization participants from the health and wellness sector, the study advocated for research that provided a deeper understanding of the perspectives of community organizations. Findings suggested that significant divides existed in core civic areas dealing with service-learning, relevance of academic research, and equitable treatment of community partners. The study produced a formal set of community partner indicators of engagement that were developed by the participants in the study and disseminated to higher education leaders. The indicators illustrated the expectations of community partners that engaged in civic partnerships with higher education. Additionally, the study provided an analysis of the literature on civic engagement, identifying a lack of empirical research concerned with the perspectives of community organization partners. The electronic version of the dissertation is accessible at the OhioLINK ETD center


Sean Creighton, Ph.D.

President Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education (SOCHE) [] #seancreighton

Sean Creighton, PhD, is the President of SOCHE, a regional association of colleges and universities dedicated to educating, employing, and engaging citizens. In 2012, SOCHE received the Dayton Business Journal Non-Profit Business of the Year Award and in 2007 the Governor of Ohio recognized SOCHE as a model for collaboration in higher education. Sean is an elected member of the Board of Education for the Yellow Springs Public Schools, and serves on advisory committees for several local and national organizations. He has published and presented extensively on the impact of higher education, collaboration and civic engagement, and has conducted research for the Kettering Foundation on the economic and civic missions of regionally based colleges and universities. Sean has degrees from Marist College and New York University, and earned his PhD from Antioch University in 2006. He lives in the charming village of Yellow Springs with his wife, Leslee, and his five fun children, Liam, Maya, Quinn, Audrey, and Juliette.


Creighton, S. (2013). Today’s civic mission for community colleges. In Witte, D. (Ed.) Higher education exchange. Dayton: Kettering Foundation Press.

Creighton, S., Et. al. (2013). Summer research program development in STEM in a government institution of higher education. IEEE Transactions on Education.

Creighton, S. (2012). Is higher education’s civic mission waning? Imagining America at Kennesaw State University.

Creighton, S. (2012). Hiring interns could boost long-term economy (Editorial). April 1, 2012. The Dayton Daily News, p. A17.

Creighton, S. (2011). Democracy’s College: The New Leader of the Civic Agenda. Imagining America at Kennesaw State University.

Creighton, S., Cauley, K., Sweeney, R.J., (2010). Consortium, university, and program impact on regional economy and community. Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education, 1(2).

Creighton, S. (2009). Mighty Edu: Higher Education’s Transformation of Economy, Community, and Life. Creative Class Group.

Creighton, S. (2009). The usefulness of service learning: A community partner perspective. In M. Moore and P. Lan Lin (Eds.) Service-learning in higher education: Paradigms and challenges. Indianapolis: University of Indianapolis Press.

Creighton, S. (2008). The scholarship of community partner voice. In Witte, D. (Ed.) Higher education exchange. Dayton: Kettering Foundation Press.

Creighton, S. (2008). Significant findings in campus-community engagement: Community partner perspective. Journal for Civic Commitment, 10(2).

Creighton, S. (2006). University of Dayton’s Fitz center: Leadership in building community. Metropolitan Universities Journal, 17(1): 75-83.