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August 2017 | Vol. 6  Issue 1
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Center for Civic Engagement News

New Faculty Orientation 

Noon-1:10 p.m.
Mon. Aug. 21, 2017
Old Union Hall

Faculty Engagement Associate Jessica Arends will table at the New Faculty Orientation. Information on resources and funding for community-based teaching will be available. Stop by and say hello!

Center for Civic Engagement fall open house

2-4 p.m.
Mon. Aug. 21, 2017

Instructors and TAs from every discipline are invited to stop by and check out resources for community-based teaching. Faculty Engagement Associate Jessica Arends will be available to answer questions about teaching community-based projects, service-learning course designation and how to apply for teaching enrichment grants.

Service-Learning 101: A Course Design Workshop for All Instructors

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Wed. Sept. 6, 2017
Zurack Family High-Technology Collaboration Center, Glenn G. Bartle Library

What is service-learning and how does it differ from other forms of community engagement? How can I design a service-learning course that authentically enriches student learning? This interactive workshop is for faculty and staff looking to develop or refine a community-based course in any discipline.

Participants will explore tools for effectively designing service-learning courses, collaborating with community partners and preparing students for engagement. Faculty experienced with community-engaged teaching will share their experiences. Information on grants for community engagement will also be available. This event is free but pre-registration is required. Register by Friday, Sept. 1.

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Teaching and Learning

Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conferences 

18th Annual Engagement Scholarship Conference

Pre-Conference: Sept. 24-27, 2017
Birmingham, Ala.

Early Bird pricing expires Aug. 17

This year's conference is centered on the theme of This Is Engagement: Best Practices in Community-Engaged ScholarshipPre-conference workshops include:

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop: This intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community-engaged scholarship. Participation in the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (EESW) is limited and interested applicants must be nominated to be considered for this workshop. Learn more and apply on the EESW website.

Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network and Pre-College Programming Workshop: This year’s session will offer participants the opportunity to delve deeper into the role of the professional boundary spanner, challenging each individual to push themselves to identify at least one new or additional way to be impactful. Participants will have access to critical, timely knowledge from key leaders from national organizations allied in the pursuit of furthering community engagement, outreach and scholarship.

As with previous years, we will also have the opportunity to continue to strengthen our network and make strides toward our goal of becoming an effective community of practice. Learn more on the OEPN website.

C.A.L.L. [Communities. Arts. Lands. Learning.]

Join the 17th Annual National Imagining America Conference

Oct. 12-14, 2017
Davis, Calif.
Hosted by the University of California, Davis

Early Bird registration rates expire Sept. 8, 2017

The members of Imagining America advance a vision of the world in which publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and culture workers play critical roles in enacting the promise and ideals of a democratic society. Together, we explore the power of shared identity — of understanding who we are and what we stand for, and therefore, what we are called to do. Read the Call for Participation.

4th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2017
New York City, N.Y.

The 4th Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding seeks to inspire and coordinate a global effort to humanize humanity by providing a platform and an opportunity for a pluridisciplinary, scholarly and meaningful discussion on how to live together in peace and harmony, especially in ethnically, racially or religiously divided societies and countries.

Through this pluridisciplinary scholarly encounter, the conference hopes to stimulate inquiries and research studies that draw on knowledge, expertise, methods and findings from multiple disciplines to address a broad range of problems that inhibit the ability of humans to live together in peace and harmony in different societies and countries, and at different times and in different or similar situations.

17th International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference

Sept. 14-16, 2017
Galway, Ireland  

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is pleased to announce that proposals are now being accepted for the 2017 conference. IARSLCE is a scholarly venue to disseminate new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement. The focus of presentations, symposiums, and keynotes is on research incorporating a variety of theoretical methodologies and perspectives. The conference also serves as a gathering place for networking and association business meetings for members. A significant component of the conference is the mentoring of graduate students and new faculty members interested in advancing their own research agendas in this field. This year’s conference theme is: Gateways-Charting New Territories & Forging Authentic Relationships. Visit the IARSLCE conference webpage for more information.

AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting: Recapturing the Elusive American Dream

Jan. 24–27, 2017
Washington, D.C. 

“Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?” The American Association of Colleges and Universities 2018 Annual Meeting will reinforce the alignment of higher education, life, work and citizenship by highlighting evidence-based educational practices guided by clearly articulated goals for student learning — practices designed for students of all backgrounds and across all disciplines and institution types. A Pre-Conference Symposium, “The Power of Civic Engagement — Across Campus, Within Communities, Beyond Borders,” will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 24, and the Ninth Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27. Registration will open on Sept. 15.

Campus Compact 2018 National Conference

Indianapolis, Ind.
March 25-28, 2018  

Higher education's role in the work of democracy has never been more important or more contested than it is right now. In March of 2018, we will come together in Indianapolis for our 2018 National Conference to share resources, strategies and plans for action.


NASPA’s Lead Initiative Guest Blog

NASPA’s Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement offers a selection of recent guest blog posts from two- and four-year campuses that explore the benefits of student civic learning and highlight campus accomplishments and the lessons they learned.

The Compact Nation Podcast

This month: Asset-Based Framework
This month #CompactNationPod comes to you live from the Midwest Regional Conference at Loyola University in Chicago! Joining our hosts for our first live episode is Byron White, vice president and executive director of the StrivePartnership. White and our hosts dive into conversation about ways institutions can best work with communities from an asset-based framework and how to find resources where you might not expect them. Hear about equity in community engagement work, best moments from the conference and more in this month's episode! Listen on the Campus Compact website.

Video resources on transparency and problem-centered learning

AAC&U has released two video resources that discuss the findings of AAC&U’s Transparency and Problem-Centered Learning study. With funding by TG Philanthropy, AAC&U conducted the study at seven minority-serving institutions in the 2014-15 academic year.

In one video, Mary-Ann Winkelmes — AAC&U senior fellow and the coordinator of instructional development and research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas — examines the effects of teachers providing two transparently designed, problem-centered take-home assignments (rather than the unrevised take-home assignments used in a comparison group) on first-year college students’ learning experiences. The findings showed a statistically significant positive impact on students’ academic confidence, sense of belonging, and mastery of skills. 

In another video, Michael Willard, a faculty member in the liberal studies department at California State University, Los Angeles, defines problem-solving, explains the importance of problem-solving assignments for enhancing student learning and presents strategies for creating effective problem-solving assignments. 

Calls for Proposals, Submissions and Nominations

Call for proposals: 2018 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy Conference

“The Inconvenient Truths”
A Network for Academic Renewal Conference
March 22–24
San Diego, Calif.

Proposals due: Sept. 6, 2017

In his 2009 article in AAC&U’s Diversity & Democracy, “Another Inconvenient Truth: Capturing Campus Climate and Its Consequences,” the late Eric Dey challenged educators to examine the “real” versus the “ideal” view of our campus environments. This perspective recognizes that only through close examination of these often dissimilar viewpoints can institutions achieve the mission of higher education to prepare students for success in work, life and citizenship, both nationally and globally. To better serve today’s nontraditional, technologically advanced and equity-driven student population, AAC&U invites proposals for the conference, which will provide a forum for campus educators to reexamine existing institutional frameworks designed for a bygone era, a different student population and a very different cultural environment. We encourage proposals for sessions that will engage participants in the difficult dialogues necessary to prepare them to lead discussions on campus to ensure all voices are engaged in transcending campus silos and boundaries to create an inclusive campus environment.

Call for submissions to Community Literacy Journal

Submit by Nov. 1, 2017

Founded by editors Michael Moore and John Warnock, the Community Literacy Journal will continue to publish both scholarly work that contributes to the field’s emerging methodologies and research agendas and work by literacy workers, practitioners and community literacy program staff and clients. We are especially committed to presenting work done in collaboration between academics and community members. View details at or email

Call for nominations: K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders, Graduate Student Award

Due Oct. 2, 2017

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. Nominees must hold student status in January 2018, and award recipients will attend and present at AAC&U’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Grinnell College seeks nominations for $100,000 Innovator in Social Justice Prize

Due Oct. 9, 2017

Grinnell College is accepting nominations from across the globe for the 2018 Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize. The college awards the $100,000 Grinnell Prize annually to individuals who are on the cutting edge of socially just innovation. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to nominate someone who is:

  • A change-maker working on the cutting edge of social innovation;
  • A leader who collaborates to co-create solutions to pressing social justice issues;
  • A visionary who is tackling immediate challenges while also addressing related systemic issues; and
  • A mentor who inspires the next generation of social innovators

 The largest award given by any U.S. college in recognition of social justice, the Grinnell Prize reflects Grinnell's historic mission to educate individuals "who are prepared in life and work to use their knowledge and their abilities to serve the common good." Nominations are open to both U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries. Nominees must have earned a bachelor's degree no more than 15 years prior to their nomination. No affiliation with Grinnell College is needed. Details about the prize and nomination process are available at Winners will be announced in May 2018.

Recent Publications

New book from Temple Press: Knowledge for Social Change

2002 Ehrlich Award Winner Ira Harkavy’s new book, Knowledge for Social Change, which he co-authored with colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania, is now available for pre-order and purchase. Knowledge for Social Change highlights university-assisted community schools to effect a thoroughgoing change of research universities that will contribute to more democratic schools, communities and societies.

New book: Teaching the Whole Student


Published by Stylus Publishing in partnership with AAC&U, Teaching the Whole Student: Engaged Learning with Heart, Mind, and Spirit “is a compendium of engaged teaching approaches by faculty across disciplines. These inspiring authors offer models for instructors who care deeply about their students, respect and recognize students’ social identities and lived experiences, and are interested in creating community and environments of openness and trust to foster deep learning, academic success and meaning-making.

The authors in this volume stretch the boundaries of academic learning and the classroom experience by seeking to identify the space between subject matter and a student's core values and prior knowledge. They work to find the interconnectedness of knowledge, understanding, meaning, inquiry and truth. They appreciate that students bring their full lives and experiences — their heart and spirit — into the classroom, just as they bring their minds and intellectual inquiry.”

New publications on deliberative dialogue and action inquiry in the higher education classroom

Beyond Politics as Usual: Paths for Engaging College Students in Politics, edited by the Kettering Foundation, offers best practices to instill democratic engagement in students. The practices and approaches explored in this volume center around the various angles of deliberative dialogue.

The Campus Compact’s publication, Using Action Inquiry in Engaged Research, An Organizing Guide, offers “practical guidance and methods for using the Action Inquiry Model (AIM) in engaged research initiatives and community partnerships.”
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