Sarah M. Surak

Associate Professor of Political Science

Salisbury University

Sarah Surak is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Department of Environmental Studies at Salisbury University, joining the faculty in 2012. Her teaching and research interests include civic engagement and democratic participation, environmental political theory, public administration, and modern political theory with publications in journals such as the eJournal of Public Affairs, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, and Policy Studies. Surak is a Senior Fellow at Salisbury University’s Institute for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE). From 2015-2020 she served as PACE’s co-Director where she and Dr. Alexander Pope were awarded the University System of Maryland’s Wilson H. Ekins Professorship. At PACE, Surak facilitates professional development seminars to support faculty in incorporating reciprocal, justice-oriented civic engagement within courses (Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum), facilitates trainings and serves as a co-investigator in research in conjunction with the national Center for Civic Reflection, and develops assessment metrics to understand the impact of civic education activities on student learning experiences.