Hello!  My name is Travis Proffitt and I'm the Associate Director of the Appalachian Center for Civic Life.  I've been involved in the field of volunteer/program management, experiential learning, and social justice education for over ten years. I completed my M.A. in Social Justice at Loyola University Chicago in May 2008.  I then accepted a position at Mars Hill College, near Asheville, NC, where I served as Field Service Coordinator and Director of LifeWorks Center for Civic Engagement and Service Learning. In September 2011, I returned to Loyola Chicago to begin a new position as Community Partnerships Coordinator in the Center for Experiential Learning, focusing on strategic partnership development, non-profit capacity development, and partnership support.

In July 2014, I became Associate Director of the Appalachian Center for Civic Life here at Emory & Henry College, focusing on capacity development for community partners, faculty, staff, and students. Additionally, I teach in the Civic Innovation degree program.  

In 2017, I begin doctoral studies at Union Institute & University, working towards a Ph.D. in Humanities and Culture.  My research focuses on the intersections of religious and civic identity, intercultural dialogue, and pedagogical (teaching) innovation.   

I am excited to return to my alma mater, develop community, and be a part of creating a rich, engaging, and civically-minded educational environment for our students.  Please stop by the Appalachian Center and visit for a while.  I'd appreciate your perspective on what makes an E&H education unique and what makes our relationship(s) with the region important and lasting. 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. Student, Humanities and Culture, Union Institute & University - 2017-2020
  • M.A., Social Justice, Loyola University Chicago - 2008
  • B.A., Religion, Emory & Henry College - 2004
  • B.A., Public Policy & Community Service, Emory & Henry College - 2004