Stan Dotson, founding Director of In Our Elements, wears many hats – educator, minister, curriculum designer, life coach, musician, writer, community organizer. He spent twelve years as Dean of the LifeWorks Learning Partnership at Mars Hill College. As Dean, he developed and facilitated a civic engagement curriculum that fostered leadership development, team-building, and community-based learning. He led “Train the Trainer” workshops at institutions across the country, as colleges and universities such as Davidson, Temple, and the California Community College system replicated components of LifeWorks. Also as Dean, Stan wrote and administered several successful grants, including the Ford Foundation’s Difficult Dialogues grant that focused on building greater respect across lines of diversity.
Prior to Mars Hill, Stan and his wife Kim co-pastored a Baptist church in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. They were music leaders for several summers at the Baptist Peace Fellowship’s annual conference. Stan has also served in leadership roles on the board of several non-profits, including SEDA (The Sudanese Empowerment and Development Agency), Habitat for Humanity in Madison County, NC, Communities in Schools, the Listening Project, and the the NC Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.
Stan loves being “in his element.” He finds that space most often when he is hanging out with Kim (his wife), writing, playing the guitar, working in the garden, taking walks with Charlene Darlin’ (their dog), and facilitating small groups.to top