Matthew H. Roy, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civic Engagement
Director of the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement
Office: LARTS 035
Matthew H. Roy is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Civic Engagement. He is also the Director of the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement and a Professor of Management, with a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Vice Chancellor, he served as Assistant Provost (2008-2014) and Associate Dean of the Charlton College of Business (2005-2008) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Dr. Roy’s research interests are varied, but focus on small group development, trust building, and communication strategies for organizational success. He has published and/or presented over 100 refereed scholarly manuscripts and is the recipient of several best paper awards. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education and Benchmarking: An International Journal. His receipt of the University of Massachusetts President’s Award for Public Service in 2009 and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Teacher of the Year Award in 2008 are a testament to his commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and public service.
In 2012, Professor Roy was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Commission on Civic Engagement and Learning, and he also served on the Department of Higher Education’s Vision Project Planning Committee. The aforementioned committees have developed civic learning and engagement goals for every student in Massachusetts (PreK-16) as well as individual and institutional rubrics to assess those goals. He is leading a campus/community collaboration to increase the collective impact, breadth, and depth of community service-learning performed by University of Massachusetts Dartmouth students. He is also the architect of the Leadership for Educational Attainment Developed through Service (LEADS) program, designed to increase the civic engagement and leadership skills of local public school students. Dr. Roy’s efforts have assisted the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in achieving a level of excellence in community engagement as recognized by the Carnegie Foundation and the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll (among the top 15 Universities in the United States).
Deirdre E. Healy
Director of Community Service and Partnerships
Office: LARTS 025
Deirdre Healy is the Director of Community Service and Partnerships at the Leduc Center. She has more than 15 years of experience in the field of service and volunteerism. Starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Deirdre has held various positions with the Peace Corps and Corporation for National and Community Service before joining the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2001. Deirdre’s responsibilities have included the development of many aspects of the university’s civic engagement programming, including the America Reads*Counts Program, Alternative Spring Breaks, Habitat for Humanity, various service-learning initiatives, and, most recently, the SouthCoast Serves Collaborative.
Deirdre received her Master’s in Public Policy, with a focus on civic engagement, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2009.
Civic Engagement Program Officer
Office: LARTS 033
Gary Marden is the Civic Engagement Program Officer at the Leduc Center. He manages numerous grants, including federal, state, and foundation grants. He received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is currently pursing a Ph.D. doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Office: LARTS 031
Kathryn Doan is the Administrative Assistant at the Leduc Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2007.