Posts Tagged 'Engaged Scholarship'

What We’re Reading: NERCHE’s The Challenges of Rewarding New Forms of Scholarship report

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The Challenges of Rewarding New Forms of Scholarship: Creating Academic Cultures that Support Community-Engaged Scholarship, a new report by John Saltmarsh, John Wooding and Kat McLellan (2014) — it’s what we’re reading.

According to the authors:

The report is the result of a meeting of that took place on May 15, 2014 involving over 30 faculty and staff from all five campuses of the University of Massachusetts system. The seminar was funded with a grant from Bringing Theory to Practice and was hosted by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and Boston URBAN (Urban Research-Based Action Network).

The purpose of the seminar was to examine a wide range of faculty rewards (including promotion criteria, awards, faculty development support, and policies at various levels) that provide incentives and rewards for faculty to undertake community-engaged scholarship. Community-engaged scholarship focuses academic knowledge to address real-world issues through mutually beneficial, reciprocal collaboration with peers outside the university who have locally grounded knowledge and experience.

The report provides a set of findings and concrete recommendations for both the system office and the individual campuses for measures that can be implemented to advance community-engaged scholarship.

The authors hope that the report can serve as a tool for catalyzing a deeper conversation on campus about supporting and advancing community engaged scholarship.

Download the full report here.

 

Partner Spotlight: 3rd Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement

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NERCHE and CED Present the 3rdAnnual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement

The Next Generation of Engaged Scholarship: Make Your Voice Heard

Monday, September 15, 2014
9 AM to 3:30 PM
University of Massachusetts Boston

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) will host its 3rd Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  The event will build upon the success of the 2013 Colloquium, where nearly 150 faculty and higher education administrators from New England (and beyond) gathered to reflect upon the pioneering work of Ernest A. Lynton and the legacy of his contributions to publicly engaged scholarship.

The 3rd Annual Lynton Colloquium will feature a keynote presentation by the recipient of the 2014 Lynton Award (to be announced in August 2014). It will also help launch a new research initiative co- sponsored by New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED). Grounded in the work of NERCHE’s Next Generation Engagement project and the CED’s focus on academic programs in civic engagement, this initiative aims to identify key issues in the field and sponsor research working groups on each of them. The goal is to foster sustained and systematic investigations and documented outcomes that will support deeper understandings of and clearer actions around such issues. Registration for the Colloquium is at http://www.umb.edu/news_events_media/events/lynton2014.

Download the 2014 Lynton Colloquium flyer.

Call for Nominations: 2014 Lynton Award for Early Career Faculty

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2014 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College

The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.

Community engagement describes the collaboration between faculty and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

-Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Lynton Award emphasizes community-based scholarly work across faculty roles. The scholarship of engagement (also known as outreach scholarship, public scholarship, scholarship for the common good, community-based scholarship, and community-engaged scholarship) represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member’s expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution. In addition, NERCHE and CED conceptualize scholarly engagement in terms of social justice in a diverse democracy.

This year’s award will be presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), “Universities as Anchor Institutions: Driving Change”, which will be held from October 5-7, 2014, at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.  CUMU is a co-sponsor of the Award.

The recipient of the award will have several opportunities to disseminate his or her community-based work, including presenting at the CUMU conference, presenting at the annual Lynton Colloquium, publishing in the Metropolitan Universities Journal, and participating in one or more webinar focused on community-based scholarly work.

Award Eligibility:

  • Only full-time faculty from U.S. public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities are eligible for the Award.
  • A faculty member who submits tenure materials for review prior to the Lynton Award application deadline is not eligible to apply for the Award.

2014 Lynton Award Nominations:

  • Nominations can be made by academic colleagues, administrators, students, and community partners.  Each nominator should aim to present a comprehensive account of the nominee’s publicly engaged teaching, research, and service. To this end, the application provides for the inclusion of the names and affiliations of additional nominators. Further, endorsements from individuals familiar with one or more aspects of the nominee’s work can be included in the supporting documentation of the application.
  • In cases in which multiple individuals submit a single application for the nomination of a faculty member, one person should be designated as the primary nominator responsible for completing and submitting the application. Additional nominators can be noted in the appropriate section of the application.
  • More than one faculty member from a single college or university may be nominated. Please complete separate applications for each nominee.

Nominators will submit nominations via an online application.  To submit an application, please see the Application Instructions.

Application Deadline:
Friday, May 16, 2014, at 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Questions regarding this framework should be addressed to the Lynton Award Coordinator, Dr. Elaine Ward, at Merrimack College’s School of Education and Social Policy by email at lyntonaward@merrimack.edu (subject line: “Lynton Award Help”) or by phone at (978) 837-3572.

Learn more about the Lynton Award

Upcoming Civic Engagement Conferences

An incomplete listing (by date) of upcoming civic engagement conferences that may be of interest to ADP participants! Of special note is the pre-conference session on ADP’s new Campus and Community Civic Health initiative with NCoC at the IARSLCE conference in Baltimore at the end of September (see details below)!

National Conference on Citizenship | Friday, September 14, 2012 | Philadelphia

NCoC logoThe 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship will be held in Philadelphia on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in partnership with the National Constitution Center and with support from the Case Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and KPMG LLP.  Registration is available at http://NCoC.net/conference. Seating is limited so we encourage you to secure your seat today. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Exploring the link between civic engagement and employment.” The Conference will showcase and present new research and programs that explore the role all types of civic engagement play in creating and maintaining thriving communities.  Throughout the day, we’ll hear from speakers such as Jonathan Greenblatt of the White House, Jack Miller of the Jack Miller Center, Eric Liu and Jena Cane of the Guiding Lights Network, Chaeyoon Lim of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Diane Melley of IBM, and many more. There will also be plenty of time for networking and connecting with colleagues old and new.

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International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) | September 23-25, 2012 | Baltimore

The theme for the 12th annual conference is  Connected Knowing: the generative power of connections and relationships in research on service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE annual research conference is targeted to scholars, practitioners, students, and community partners interested in research on service-learning, community-based research, campus-community partnerships, and civic learning outcomes in P-20 education. Attendees include faculty, administrators, and scholar-practitioners in higher education, community partners, educators in K-12, and professionals and leaders in educational policy and community development. To advance understanding of scholarship from international perspectives, scholars from outside of the United States are particularly encouraged to submit proposals. Hosted by the University of Maryland and co-sponsored by American University, George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Campus Compact, McDaniel College, Montgomery College, and University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Of particular interest, may be the Morning Preconference Session: 9:00 AM- 12:00 P.M on September 23:

Measuring and Improving Campus and Community Civic Health

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the roles higher education institutions play in advancing the civic health of their campus and broader community (e.g., how do service-learning and community engagement enhance civic health). Participants will learn about the new Campus Civic Health Initiative, a three year partnership between AASCU’s American Democracy Project and the National Conference on Citizenship, designed to support institutions to assess, understand and promote campus and community civic health. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of common indicators of civic health (e.g., political engagement, public work, volunteering and giving, group participation, online engagement, social trust, civic knowledge and agency, social connectedness) and how they are measured. Participants will be asked to consider how they would define and measure civic health in their own campus, organization, and/or community and to consider where there are conceptual, practical, or process-oriented gaps in our work to-date.  Participants will leave the session with a campus and community civic health assessment tool and an understanding of how they can use it to conduct their own research, evaluation and action planning.

Presenters: Kristi Tate, National Conference on Citizenship; Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

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Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life | October 5-7, 2012 | New York City

This year’s Imagining America conference theme is Linked Fates and Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners? Registration is now open. We encourage you to register and take advantage of the early-bird rates, which expire on August 31st. Here’s the link: http://imaginingamerica.org/convenings/national-conference/registration/.

**ADP’s Jen Domagal-Goldman and Cecilia Orphan will present as part of the Communications and Technology: Innovations, Cogitations, and Cool Tools to Tell the Story of Engagement seminar at the IA conference.

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eJournal of Public Affairs will Accept Submissions in June

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

I am pleased to announce that we will be accepting submissions for publication in the eJournal of Public Affairs in June 2011. This early launch of the eJournal Public Affairs is due to Rachelle Darabi and Missouri State University’s leadership and support of the project.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, we are in the process of creating an online journal and academic social network for the American Democracy Project. This journal grew out of the work of the eCitizenship initiative. We envision the journal having the following the elements:

  • Peer Review
  • Interactive, social networking hub (a place to propose and refine research topics)
  • A showcase for pedagogical tools
  • An ongoing symposium for working papers
  • Assessment strategies for civic learning outcomes
  • A showcase for student activities and projects
We will release the Call for Submissions at the ADP National Meeting in Orlando, June 2-4, 2011. After the ADP Meeting, I will post the Call for Submissions on the ADP Blog and share it with all ADP Contacts. Please watch for it on this blog.
The results to the query we conducted in preparation for the launch of this eJournal demonstrated a profound need for scholarly outlets for engaged scholarship and research on civic engagement. It is our hope that this eJournal will deepen and advance the civic engagement movement. If you have any questions about the eJournal, feel free to contact me: orphanc@aascu.org.

The Pathways to Civic Engagement of College Alumni Research Study Will Hold a Special Meeting at #ADPS11

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project.

I am pleased to announce ADP’s involvement in an important research project called “Pathways to Civic Engagement of College Alumni.” The two principal researchers for this project, Alberto Cabrera of the University of Maryland and David Weerts of the University of Minnesota, will conduct a longitudinal study that views adult civic behaviors as the result of a pathway. This pathway considers how family background, academic and co-curricular experiences in high school and college, and career outcomes/choices collectively shape civic behaviors in adulthood.

The researchers will hold a special informational meeting about the research student at the ADP National Meeting in Orlando on Friday, June 3, 10:45 am – 12 pm. RSVP is required for this meeting. To RSVP, please send an email to me.

The research proposed by Professors Weerts and Cabrera fits squarely with ADP’s goal of producing graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. Their work promises to provide important insights into the role that college plays in facilitating civic participation among our students and future alumni. Through their research, we hope to make more informed decisions about ways that campuses can promote civic involvement for future generations.

We have a multi-year plan to engage ADP participants with the work of Professors Weerts and Cabrera. As part of our new partnership, I have invited Professors Weerts and Cabrera to share the scope and goals of the project at the ADP National Meeting in June.  At this meeting, they will solicit feedback from participants about analyses that would be most useful to ADP campuses. In subsequent years, the researchers will return to annual ADP meetings and share findings from their research.  Most importantly, these forums will be used to dialogue with campus leaders about practical steps that might be taken to improve the civic outcomes among our graduates.

I would like to invite participants of the ADP National Meeting in June to join this special meeting with Professors Weerts and Cabrera. Space is limited for and RSVP is required. To RSVP for the meeting, send me an email. Please see below for additional details.

To register for the ADP National Meeting, please visit this website.

Special Meeting at #ADPS11: Pathways to Civic Engagement of College Alumni: RSVP Required

Friday, June 3

Presenters: Alberto Cabrera, University of Maryland and David Weerts, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education, University of Minnesota

10:45 a.m. – Noon

In this session, presenters engage the audience in a discussion about their new research project underway entitled, Pathways to Civic Engagement of College Alumni. The purpose of this project is to examine pre-college, college, and post-college behaviors, attitudes, and experiences that best explain civic behaviors among college and university alumni.  Drawing on data from American College Testing (ACT), this longitudinal study consists of 17,000 records of individuals who hold degrees from 267 colleges and universities.  The majority of institutions in the sample are AASCU members.

Preliminary research questions driving this study include:

1) To what extent are civic behaviors among college graduates correlated with pre-college, college, and post-college behaviors, attitudes, and experiences?

2) How and to what extent do academic and co-curricular experiences in high school and college explain civic engagement after college?

3) How do students from diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds vary in their pathway to civic engagement after college?

The professors seek input from participants about the project and how they might proceed with their research. Have the researchers captured key questions that are of interest to leaders of civic engagement? What have they missed?  What studies from the data would be most helpful to you in your role?

Becoming an Engaged Campus: A Practical Guide for Institutionalizing Public Engagement

By Cecilia M. Orphan, National Manager, American Democracy Project

“America’s colleges and universities have a long and distinguished record of responding to the nation’s call,” so begins the authors of a new book, Becoming an Engaged Campus: A Practical Guide for Institutionalizing Public Engagement. I would argue that the most important call placed on American higher education is that sounded by our nation’s democracy. I am delighted to announce that this book, written by ADP Northern Kentucky University chapter leaders Carole Beere, James Votruba and Gail Wells , could not have come at a better time in terms of providing an answer to democracy’s call. In line with AASCU Steward’s of Place notion that encourages campuses to be economic and democratic stewards of their region, this book offers practical guidance for university leaders hoping to foster meaningful engagement with their communities. A sampling of the many helpful and important topics covered in this book are as follows:

  • Creating an institutional mission and vision for engagement
  • Engaging in a process of institutional strategic planning around community/university engagement
  • Garnering support for community/university engagement
  • Aligning the various leaders on campus for community engagement

I am particularly excited about this book because the authors explore the nitty gritty details of what it takes to institutionalize community engagement on college campuses. I highly recommend this book to ADP leaders around the nation who are working to translate their civic work from being a boutique activity that is experienced by few students on campus into an institutional identify and culture on campus.

More information from the book’s website is below.

Becoming an Engaged Campus offers campus leaders a systematic and detailed approach to creating an environment where public engagement can grow and flourish. The book explains not only what to do to expand community engagement and how to do it, but it also explores how to document, evaluate, and communicate university engagement efforts.

Praise for Becoming an Engaged Campus

“This provocative yet exceedingly practical book looks at all of the angles and lays bare the opportunities and barriers for campus-community engagement while providing detailed pathways toward change. This comprehensive treatise marks a significant shift in the literature from the what and why of public engagement to the how. It is simply superb!”—Kevin Kecskes, associate vice provost for engagement, Portland State University

“Becoming an Engaged Campus is an essential guidebook for university leaders. It details the specific ways that campuses must align all aspects of the institution if they are to be successful in the increasingly important work of community outreach and engagement.”—George L. Mehaffy, vice president for academic leadership and change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

“Most colleges and universities make the rhetorical claim of community engagement; this book is an excellent primer on how to transform the rhetoric into reality. The authors do not speak in abstract terms. They describe the specific structures, policies, and programs that have made Northern Kentucky University a national model of how a large urban university can transform its impact on the region it is supposed to serve.”—William E. Kirwan, chancellor, University System of Maryland

To order a copy of this book, please visit this website.

Becoming an Engaged Campus: A Practical Guide for Institutionalizing Public Engagement
Carole A. Beere, James C. Votruba, Gail W. Wells, Lee S. Shulman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-0-470-53226-3
Hardcover
272 pages
April 2011

US $40.00


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