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What We’re Reading: Publicly Engaged Scholarship and Teaching


The Publicly Engaged Scholarship and Teaching issue of Diversity & Democracy examines the levers for and barriers to faculty and student participation in publicly engaged scholarship and teaching, particularly in the arts, humanities, and design fields. Published in partnership between AAC&U and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, the issue showcases best practices for advancing publicly engaged scholarship through classroom and community collaborations, tenure and promotion policies, and higher education leadership.




ADP/TDC Webinar: Advancing Civic Learning in Online and Virtual Spaces

Advancing Civic Learning in Online and Virtual Spaces: A Webinar
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. EST
Eric Hartman, Brandon Kliewer and Chance Lee
Kansas State University


Next week, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. EST, AASCU’s American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment have teamed up with the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University to offer a special webinar to our member institutions.

Advancing Civic Learning in Online and Virtual Spaces will be an interactive and participant-led webinar and learning experience related to designing online and virtual courses that include an academic service-learning component.

Brandon Kliewer, assistant professor of civic leadership at KSU, is the 2013 recipient of ADP’s Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement. Eric Hartman is an assistant professor and Chance Lee is an instructor. All three facilitators all are from the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University.

Participants will develop their thinking around how to systematically design online and virtual courses that include academic service-learning that maximizes student learning. Although the course design process is relevant to a range of disciplinary and topical learning outcomes, this session will focus on dimensions of intercultural competence. As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to design online and virtual courses and programs that advance intercultural competence.

To register for the webinar, please sign-up via this Google Doc:
To join the meeting on October 28th, click this AdobeConnect link:
For meeting audio, dial 1-866-642-1665 and enter 499385 as the participant code.

What We’re Reading: Civic Learning and Teaching

Civic Learning and Teaching CoverCivic Learning and Teaching | Edited by Ashley Finley

Contributions by Sybril Bennett, Dan Butin, Barry Checkoway, Christina P. Colon, Timothy K. Eatman, Patricia Gurin, Barbara Holland, Carole Frances Lung, Biren A. (Ratnesh) Nagda, Seth Pollack, and John Rowden

Civic Learning and Teaching, the fifth and final volume in The Civic Series, contributes to an understanding of why the integration of civic engagement into higher education—both inside and outside the classroom—matters for students, faculty, campus professionals, and community members. From service learning and study abroad to alternative spring break and community-based research, most colleges and universities have created opportunities for students to have “civic experiences.” This monograph suggests that when campus and community leaders work intentionally to connect students’ civic experiences with learning and teaching, students’ learning becomes more fluid, more transformative, and more likely to inspire civic thought and action. Civic Learning and Teaching is available as a PDF.

More information about Civic Learning and Teaching and The Civic Series is available here.

View the full monograph here.

Professional Development Opportunity: 2015 Gateway Course Experience Conference

By Sara Stein Koch, Institute Fellow, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

gardner instituteLast year over 300 faculty, staff and other interested educators came together to focus on improving institutional and student performance in gateway courses – courses that launch students on majors or programs of study. Many of these courses have high failure rates and thus close the door to student progression toward degree.

This year we anticipate another important occasion to share and learn about best practices and promising efforts with gateway courses as we offer the 2015 Gateway Course Experience Conference.

Purposes for attending the conference include:

  • To engage in cross functional discussions about excellence  in teaching, faculty development, and curriculum redesign for high enrollment, high risk gateway courses
  • To inform institution leaders, faculty, and staff about the latest promising practices related to gateway course success.
  • To explore the opportunities to utilize technology such as analytics, early warning systems, academic help labs, and other tools and/or approaches to improve gateway course success
  • To participate in discussions about pre-enrollment placement and preparation strategies for gateway course success
  • To develop further understanding of the body of knowledge about gateway courses and completion

Click here to submit your proposal

Higher education professionals and educators are invited to submit proposals for the Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference. Innovative concurrent session proposals are invited on topics addressing the research, challenges and practices related to gateway courses and student success. Gateway courses are defined as those undergraduate courses with high failure rates.

Proposal Deadline is December 12, 2014.

For questions about proposal submissions, please contact Sara Stein Koch at

Download the Gateway Course Conference Flyer.

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