Dr. Adam Bush » Biography

Biography

Adam is the founding Provost of College Unbound; a degree completion college working with both inside and outside carceral spaces of Rhode Island to ensure all adult learners have access to a Bachelor's degree pathway that values them as scholar-practitioners and is embedded within their commitments to community, workplace, and personal growth and development.   Adam directed Imagining America's Publicly Active Graduate Education fellowship program from 2010-2012, and now sits on Imagining America’s National Advisory Board (2010-2019).  Adam serves on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Ashe Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans  (www.ashecac.org) in New Orleans and is on the Steering Committee of the Great Colleges for the New Majority Network.  Adam received his PhD from USC’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity for his dissertation Passing Notes in Class which examined the origins of early jazz programs and the student and teacher-activist musicians that led to that institutionalization.  He is a recipient of the 2011 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award for commitment to academic and civic responsibility from the AAC&U and the 2015 recipient of the John Saltmarsh award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement from the AASCU’s American Democracy Project.  For more information about College Unbound please see Chronicle of Higher Ed