UConn’s Office of Public Engagement: Relevant, Reciprocal, Responsible Engagement for Transformative Change
UConn’s commitment to Engagement is prominent in the Academic Vision, Creating Our Future, UConn’s Path to Excellence, where it is one of the four core values and a Path Toward Excellence in Public Engagement is one of five strategic goals. (Find an excerpt on the OPE Mission page.)
The Office of Public Engagement (OPE) fosters engagement in a variety of forms throughout the University on all campuses and thereby extends the transformational impact of the University throughout the state and beyond our geographical borders. OPE coordinates, advocates, and builds capacity for all facets of engagement: scholarship, community based teaching and learning, civic engagement, and community outreach. The work of OPE is through and with others across all disciplines and all campuses and communities.
At the faculty level, engaged scholarship is a vehicle through which faculty can participate in work that simultaneously fulfills the campus mission and goals, their own research agenda and addresses community prioritized needs and interests.
Faculty can get involved in UConn Public Engagement by:
- Linking their research agenda to community priorities
- Building sustainable partnerships with communities
- Focusing on Reciprocal, Relevant, Responsible relationships and partnerships
- Participating in the Public Engagement Forum – dates and topics are posted on the OPE website, in the Daily Digest and on the UConn Master Calendar of Events
- Becoming a Faculty Fellow in Service Learning
- Attending Seminars on best practices sponsored by the Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL)
- Creating a service learning section of a current or new course and seeking Service Learning designation through OPE
- Seeking Service Learning designation for courses already practicing service learning pedagogy
- Promoting more opportunities for engaged student learning through lab-based research, internships, study abroad, fieldwork, independent projects, performances, productions and artistic events
- Submitting a nomination for the annual Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement
- Working with UConn Cities Collaborative (UCC) to develop service learning and engaged scholarship relationships with city partners
- Contributing to the University database through the Digital Measures reporting process and completing item #88 with details about engagement activities
- Working with the New England University-Assisted Community Schools Collaborative (NE UACSC) when developing scholarship on K-12 education
- Adding your name to the Public Engagement list serv
- Liking UConnEngaged on facebook
- Following UConnEngaged on Twitter
- Showcasing your teaching and research to the general public through hands-on field learning activities, lectures, workshops, and special events with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, now part of the Office of Public Engagement.
- Contacting the Office of Public Engagement for further information: 860-486-4854