Joe Follman received his doctorate from the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University in 2015. His dissertation focuses on volunteer partnerships on conservation lands. Joe’s primary areas of work are in education, writing, publishing, grant-writing, and volunteer program management. From 1994-2011, he directed multiple statewide programs for the State of Florida that cumulatively engaged nearly one million K-12 and college students in curriculum-based service-learning projects.
He is a frequent trainer in the U.S. and overseas, has put on 40+ statewide conferences, and twice co-hosted the National Service-Learning Conference. Three of his books, Learning by Serving, Comprehensive School Improvement, and Reducing School Violence, were placed in every Florida school. Previously, he was the publications director for the federally funded SERVE education laboratory for the southeastern U.S. and worked as a military intelligence analyst.
As an avocation, Joe has visited over 500 springs in Florida and produced a web site, www.springsfever.org, with 1,000 pages of springs descriptions and photographs. Joe is married and has two wonderful daughters.