During the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting, there are a variety of pre-conference sessions geared toward honing in on our civic skills. On Wednesday, June 7th, there are three morning pre-cons exploring assessment, engaged scholarship, and dialogue and deliberation training.
Check out the session descriptions below and be sure to register by May 1st for our early-bird rates.
Half-day Morning Pre-conference Workshops
Wednesday, June 7 | 9:00 a.m. – Noon
- Planning for Institution-Wide Data Collection on Civic and Community Engagement
Most campuses are eager to answer the question “How are the students, faculty, and staff on campus working to address civic issues and public problems?” We will explore this question in this workshop by reviewing a range of strategies to assess community-engaged activities (i.e., curricular, co-curricular, or project-based activities that are done in partnership with the community). In addition to these many strategies, institutions also often approach assessment with a variety of lenses including assessment and evaluation of community outcomes, student outcomes, partnership assessment and faculty/staff engagement among others. In practice, campuses confront an array of challenges to align these approaches into a comprehensive data collection framework and infrastructure. This session will give participants tools, strategies, and information to design, initiate and/or enhance systematic mechanisms for monitoring and auditing community-engaged activities across your institution.
Organizers: H. Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and Assessment Specialist in Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Director, Global Higher Education Division, ETS
- Measures That Matter: Regarding Engaged Scholarship In Tenure and Promotion
Many higher education institutions have faculty involved in community engaged scholarship but lack strategies for assessing the quality of this work for promotion and tenure or contract renewal. Engaged scholars do not know how to make the case that their work is scholarship and personnel committees do not know how to evaluate non-traditional, engaged scholarship. A knowledge gap exists related to criteria that might be held up against engaged scholarship projects to assess quality and impact. The purpose of this pre-conference workshop is to share specific reforms that can be put in place to define, assess, document, and reward community engaged scholarship. The presenter will share promotion and tenure language that has already been put in place at other institutions and then suggest four criteria that could be used to assess engaged scholarship portfolios.
Organizer: KerryAnn O’Meara, Professor of Higher Education, Director of UMD ADVANCE, University of Maryland, College Park
- Dialogue and Democratic Deliberation: Moderator Training
In preparation for the Friday plenary session, Democratic Deliberation on Safety and Justice, we invite conference participants to this pre-conference institute for an introduction to democratic deliberation and moderator skills. During this session, participants examine democratic dialogue and deliberation while learning the skills and roles of active and engaged moderation. Organizers: Kara Lindaman, Professor of Political Science, Winona State University (Minn.); John Dedrick, Vice-President, Kettering Foundation; William Muse, President Emeritus, National Issues Forum Institute; and John J. Theis, Executive Director, Center for Civic Engagement, Lone Star College (Texas)
In order to promote forums on this issue for the Kettering Foundation’s annual report to policymakers in Washington DC, National Issues Forum Institute (NIFI) is making the PDF of this issue guide FREE to download for anyone convening forums from January 1, 2017 – May 9, 2017. If you hold a forum using the free materials, please submit a moderator report and have the forum participants complete the post-forum questionnaire to ensure the insights from your community are captured in the report. More information about this opportunity can be found on the National Issue Forums website.
Be sure to register by May 1st for our best rates and book your hotel room by May 16 at our special group rate!