Title/Department: Ph.D. Student, Civil Society & Community Research
Field of Interest
Garret Zastoupil aspires to hold institutions of higher education accountable to their public purposes through his scholarship, teaching, and service. As a Ph.D. student in the Human Ecology: Civil Society and Community Research program, he studies the intersections of higher education and public life examining how colleges and universities and their students engage in the public good at multiple levels of society by challenging notions of citizenship, engagement, and outreach. Using critical service learning pedagogy and participatory action research, Garret hopes to understand factors that maximize community impact, foster college student civic development & liberal education, and support intergroup relations in a culturally responsive manner.
Education and Relevant Experience
Garret holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial Management and Public & Nonprofit Management from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Prior to arriving at UW-Madison, he served in a variety of roles at the University of Connecticut centered on university-community engagement. While at UConn, he taught and researched with UConn’s Husky Sport, a campus-community partnership grounded in sport-based youth development. He also conducted assessment and worked on program management with UConn’s Office of Public Engagement, and advised student organizations with UConn’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Garret also spent time working at Willamette University in their department of Housing and Community Life. He currently serves as a Faculty/Staff Facilitator with the Our Wisconsin inclusion program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is serving on the strategic planning committee for the EcoWell Program within the School of Human Ecology. He hopes to weave his previous experiences working with college students, staff, faculty, and community members toward developing tools and models that can assist practitioners, policy makers, and community members leverage higher education to promote a socially just world.