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Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse Director Lisa Perhamus

Lisa M. Perhamus was the inaugural Padnos/Sarosik Endowed Professor of Civil Discourse at Grand Valley State University and now serves as director of the center.

Dr. Perhamus is an Associate Professor in the Foundations of Education Program in the university’s The College of Education & Community Innovation. Perhamus received her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration in Curriculum Studies from the University of Rochester, her Master’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Education from The New School for Social Research, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from William Smith College. 

Dr. Perhamus is available to answer any questions you may have about the Center for Civil Discourse. Feel free to contact Lisa via email or phone at [email protected] or (616) 331-6736.

Aubrey Dull provides administrative support to the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse.

Aubrey received her master's degree in social work and bachelor's degree in science education from Grand Valley State University. She has a background in higher education, operations management, nonprofit program evaluation, and crisis intervention. Previously, Aubrey worked at the GVSU Center for Women and Gender Equity as a graduate assistant and GVSU's Johnson Center for Philanthropy's Community Research Institute as a research coordinator. She currently works in the Brooks College Dean's Office and supports the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse.

Aubrey Dull, Civil Discourse Administrative Assistant
Maddy Miller, graduate assistant

Maddy Miller is the special projects graduate assistant for the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse.

Maddy graduated from Taylor University in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications. In undergrad, she was a Calling and Career office intern, president of Integration of Faith and Culture, and was a member of the election programming advisory counsel. Maddy also worked as a marketing intern for Hixon Zuercher Capital Management for over a year. She has a background in marketing, event planning, design, and communication services.

Maddy is currently pursuing a masters of higher education and is a part of the College Student Affairs Leadership Cohort of 2023 at Grand Valley State University.

Samantha Johnson is the student program assistant for the Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse.

Samantha is currently studying to receive her Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Public & Nonprofit Administration and Business Management at GVSU. In addition to the work she does for the Civil Discourse Program, Samantha also works as a student assistant in the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies Dean's Office. Outside of class and work, Samantha serves as the Service and Giving Chair for her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and is a volunteer Crisis Counselor for the nonprofit Crisis Textline. Samantha became interested in civil discourse after studying relational dialogue during her freshman year Honors College sequence, "Alliance and Conflict."

Students interested in getting involved with civil discourse at Grand Valley can contact Samantha at [email protected].

Samantha Johnson's headshot
Center for Civil Discourse Team

(from left to right) Maddy Miller, Samantha Johnson, Lisa Perhamus, Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Aubrey Dull

The Civil Discourse Team at the 2022 Winter Symposium

The Civil Discourse Team with the keynote speaker at the 2022 symposium

(from L to R) Jeff Kelley Lowenstein (endowed professor), Maddy Miller (graduate assistant), Sam Johnson (program assistant), Terri Givens (keynote speaker), Aubrey Dull (administrative support) and Lisa Perhamus (director)

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