Engagement Conferences and Professional Development

Opportunities for professional development

UCC Members Attend Sustainable City Year Conference

Professors Kristin Schwab and Anne Farrell at SCY 2015
Professors Anne Farrell and Kristin Schwab (at podium) presenting UCC experiences to SCY conference. (SCI photo)

UCC graphicA team of faculty and staff members from the UConn Cities Collaborative (UCC) Steering Committee attended the Sustainable Cities Year Conference held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Over 50 people from 23 universities attended the conference, which took place April 12-14. Nine universities attended the event for a second or third time to share their SCY-launching experiences and best practices.

The conference offered training for university representatives and city officials interested in adopting and adapting the SCY model to their home institutions and community contexts. It also provided targeted capacity-building sessions such as external communications, program evaluation, and best practices for working with city partners.

Barbara McGrath (left) and audience SCY 2015
Barbara McGrath (left) and audience at SCY 2015 (SCI photo)

Professors Anne Farrell and Kristin Schwab presented an update on the UCC initiative and communicating with city partners. Barbara McGrath of CULI, Inc. was the third member of the team  bringing new insight and energy to the UCC iniative which has a pilot partnership with the City of Bridgeport and a newly formed collaboration with Hartford.

A new resource for Community Engagement Professionals

Campus Compact logoCampus Compact has published a new resource for community engagement professionals: Diving Deep in Community Engagement: A Model for Professional Development by Mandi McReynolds and Emily Shields.

The volume includes contributions from participants in a Summer 2013 Campus Compact workshop and conference. This group of practitioner-scholars in higher education community engagement were committed to developing a new resource to help guide professional development, career advancement, and unit guidance in the civic and community engagement field. Through a collective process, they developed a framework of competencies for community engagement professionals. These four areas, as outlined in the publication, are Organizational Manager, Institutional Strategic Leader, Field Contributor, and Community Innovator.

Contributing to the book is Julia M. Yakovich, Program Manager for Service Learning in UConn’s Office of Public Engagement.

The purpose of the book is to support strategic professional development and it should be used to help Diving Deep in Community Engagement: A Model for Professional Developmentcommunity engagement professionals to reflect on their own practice and growth. This reflective practice should be connected to wider discussions of how campuses can continue to institutionalize civic and community engagement, and the book provides concrete ways for community engagement professionals to link personal vocation to systemic change.

More information about the book is available through the publisher.

IARSLCE Advancing Research Webinar Series

IARSLCE is pleased to announce the start of a pilot Advancing Research Webinar Series. These webinars are free but space is limited. Please click here to reserve your space. A weblink will be provided via email the day before the webinar.


Getting Service-Learning Research and and Community-Engaged Scholarship Published 

presented by Jeffrey Howard

April 21, 2015

12 Noon CDT

This webinar aims to build the capacity of faculty, scholar-practitioners, graduate students, and community partners as co-educators to be successful in publishing their work related to service-learning, community-based research, and other manifestations of community-engaged scholarship We will offer a conceptualization for community-engaged scholarship, explore potential research and scholarly directions ripe for publication, review scholarship assessment criteria used to evaluate submissions for publication, share writing and article preparation recommendations, and identify potential publication venues. Half the time will be dedicated to presentation and half to fielding participant questions/comments.


Jeffrey Howard is the director of faculty development at DePaul University’s Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning.  His duties include conducting faculty workshops and one-on-one consultations, reviewing service-learning syllabi, and working with faculty in formulating their community-engaged scholarship projects and advising on how to get that work published.  He retired from the University of Michigan in 2009 where he was associate director of the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning. He has taught, conducted research, and published work on academic service-learning for 37 years. He is founder and editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, author of the Service-Learning Course Design Workbook (funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service), co-editor of Academic Service Learning: A Pedagogy of Action and Reflection (published by Jossey-Bass), and co-author of an online engaged scholarship toolkit (with Tim Stanton, Stanford University) commissioned by (National) Campus Compact. He is a member of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement and (National) Campus Compact’s Consulting Corps. He has conducted faculty workshops at more than 50 campuses in the U.S. and Canada. In fall 2011 he was honored with the Distinguished Research Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE).


Also, please mark your calendars for May 19 at 12 noon CDT for the next Advancing Research Webinar when Eric Hartman and Richard Kiely will be presenting

Five Distinctive Components of GSL: Framing a Research Agenda.  Details coming soon.

Public Engagement Forum – April 23

Faculty and staff are invited to attend

the next meeting of

the Public Engagement Forum

on April 23, 2:00 – 3:30 in Oak Hall 408.

The agenda includes a discussion of Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement a white paper prepared for the NSF by Ira Harkavy (Netter Center-University of Pennsylvania), Nancy Cantor (Rutgers University-Newark), and Myra Burnett (Spelman College) available below.


March 26 Teale Lecture by Gregg Mitman

Teale Lecture: Ecological Imperialism Revisited—
Entanglements of Disease, Commerce and Knowledge in a Global World

Dr. Gregg Mitman, Vilas Research & William Coleman Professor of History of Science,Gregg Mitman
Medical History & Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Thursday, March 26, 4 pm– Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn

Four decades ago, the ideas put forth by Alfred Crosby and William McNeill in The Columbian Exchange and Plagues and Peoples forever changed the importance historians put on the role of cultural and biological exchange between the old and new world. The idea that the transfer of diseases from one population to another played as important a role in empire-building as our human conquests became embedded in our cultural narrative. Mitman’s lecture examines how American military and industrial expansion overseas helped bring into being new views of nature and nation that would, in turn, become the scientific foundation upon which later historical narratives of ecological imperialism relied.

CTCC Americorps VISTA Member Application now open

The CTCC Americorps VISTA Program places VISTA members on campus and community host sites in order to create, expand, or enhance projects that lift people out of poverty, specifically through VISTA’s priority area of education.

The most updated information about the program is available at  CTCC. The 2015-2016 cohort will begin service on July 7, 2015.

Included in the service sites this year is a UConn site hosted by the Office of Public Engagement, the School of Nursing and the Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences at Hartford Public High School.



  • Applications will be reviewed on a  rolling basis and will be a collaborative review process between Connecticut Campus Compact and the host site supervisors
  • Qualified candidates will be invited for a phone interview, and finalists for an in-person, on-site interview (or Skype when in-person is not possible.
  • Applications due May 1, 2015. Applications submitted after this date will only be reviewed for open sites, if any are available)

Contact Kaytee Stewart with all VISTA inquiries, kaytee.stewart@ctcampuscompact.org or (860) 570-9058.

NE UACSC: After School Programming Conversation

The OPE invites all faculty and staff involved in After School programming throughout Connecticut

to a conversation

to explore the depth and breadth of UConn efforts in this aspect of PK-12 education.

Tuesday, March 31

2:30 – 4:00 PM

Oak Hall 408


The conversation will allow you to learn from colleagues about their programs and research and develop new connections, networks and contacts.

The meeting will include updates on database development and mapping for engagement activities, NE UACSC Logoresearch and scholarship in Connecticut.

The conversation is part of the ongoing New England University-Assisted Community Schools Collaborative (NE UACSC) initiative funded through a grant from the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania.

RSVP to OPE by email: engagement@uconn.edu

Contact OPE with any questions or if you would like to participate in the conversation by phone.

Celebrate Social Work Month 2015

The UConn School of Social Work is sponsoring a series of programs to celebrate Social Work Month 2015. The informative, challenging and thought-provoking events are free and open to all!

Thursday, March 5  –  Common Consciousness-Multiple Perspectives:Global Social Work in the 21st Century, a one day student-led conference featuring lectures from social work students from Hochschule Merseburg, Germany and UConn School of Social Work students who traveled to Germany, a keynote address, as well as an in-depth presentation on Systemic Social Work.

The Sixth SSW Research and Scholarship Exhibition will be held on Monday, March 9. The  keynote address, Building domestic and  global research partnerships, will be delivered by Dr. Jorge Delva, Professor and Associate Dean, University of Michigan, School of Social Work.  Dr. Delva, a highly successful international researcher will describe, compare, and contrast his experiences building research partnerships in the U.S. and globally.

The UConn School of Social Work and NASW CT Chapter are excited to co-sponsor, Trends in the Field and Opportunities for Social Work, featuring Heidi McIntosh, Deputy Director of Programs, National Association of Social Workers (NASW). This presentation on Wednesday, March 25 will focus on trends in practice and opportunities for social workers to impact on our changing practice environment, both nationally and in CT.

Social Work Month closes on Thursday, March 26 with the documentary film, Fire in the Blood,  the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments actively denied access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south after 1996- causing over ten million unnecessary deaths. It also shows how a courageous group of activists and community organizers came together to help stop “the Crime of the Century,” saving millions of lives worldwide.     A lively and interactive film discussion with local and national HIV/AIDS advocates and activists will follow the film.


For more information and to register for events go to the School of Social Work home page.

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi to address PeaceJam

UConn is proud to welcome courageous human rights defender Shirin Ebadi for a public lecture as part of the 2015 PeaceJam conference.

Peace Laureate Shrin Ebadi

Where Policy Meets Humanity: Making Human Rights Real for Everyone

Friday, March 13

3:00 PM

Student Union Theater

Doors open at 2:30 PM

Free Admission

Shirin Ebadi received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts toward democracy, peace, and women’s rights.
She was the first woman to serve as a judge in Iran, founder of the Center for Defenders of Human Rights, and has been repeatedly threatened for her outspoken criticism of the Iranian government.

Sponsored by the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Community Outreach, Global Affairs, Student Affairs, the Women’s Center, the Asian and Asian American Cultural Center, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Public Engagement, the Asian and Asian American Institute, the Human Rights Institute, the Middle East Studies Program, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

PeaceJam logoStudents are also invited to attend the weekend PeaceJam Conference with Shirin Ebadi Saturday and Sunday, March 14th and 15that the University of Connecticut

Open to students ages 13 and older, as well as their teachers and adult advisers. Pre-registration is required!
REGISTER HERE Cost: $130 per person before March 6th.


CT Campus Compact Faculty Workshops

University of New Haven, with the support of CTCC, is hosting Dr. Jacoby to present two workshops that are open to faculty and staff from CTCC Member Institutions. The workshops are on:

  • How to Succeed with Service Learning

(Thursday, 2/26/15, 3:30 – 5:00 PM)

UNH Gehring Hall-Lee Institute, 301

  • How to Deepen Learning Through Critical Reflection

(Friday, 2/27/15, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM)

UNH German Club

Dr. Barbara Jacoby is an internationally recognized leader in service learning and civic engagement, and author of seven books, including Service-Learning Essentials: Questions, Answers, and Lessons Learned  (2014). Read her full bio.
To RSVP for either event, email Sally Anastos at sanastos@newhaven.edu
Space is limited. RSVPs will be accepted until February 24th or until events are filled.