2015-2016 Public Engagement Resources and Opportunities

Faculty and Academic Unit Support

  • Engaged Department Grant Program  Competitive grants of up to $7,500 are available to academic departments interested in integrating community engagement into research and teaching activities.  Applications are due December 7, 2015.  An informational session will be held October 23, 2015, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Recreation Wellness Center.
  • Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellows Program  Course development grants of $1,000 are available to support instructors interested in integrating community engagement initiatives into their courses.  Applications are due November 6. Technical assistance and other support is also available from the Center for Community-Engaged Learning (formerly the Community Service-Learning Center).
  • Faculty Development Workshops  These workshops support the advancement of faculty who conduct scholarly work that includes community-based initiatives.  Workshop topics include: Community-Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure; Increasing the Impact of Research through Public Engagement; Fundamentals of Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning; and Developing and Applying Partnership Principles.
  • Customized Support Services  Departments, colleges, and other organized units interested in advancing publicly-engaged research, teaching, and outreach can request free, customized faculty and staff development sessions through the Office for Public Engagement. Email Sara Axtell.

Strengthening Internal Alignment and Networking

  • Metropolitan Engagement Zones Grant Opportunity  Competitive grants of up to $15,000 are available for consortia of units/programs on the Twin Cities campus to develop and test a set of models and strategies for advancing the coordination of the University’s community partnerships within particular geographic neighborhoods or regions.  The designated zones will become the “go to” entity for building and expanding university-community public engagement partnerships within the neighborhood/region.
  • Issue Area Networks  Five issue area networks were funded last year to serve as hubs for University of Minnesota units conducting community-engaged work on particular societal issues.  These networks serve as the University’s “go to” entities for accessing opportunities on the following five issue areas:  Food; Economic Development; Education and  Youth; Equity and Diversity; and Transportation.  Individuals or units interested in joining any of the networks should contact the respective network facilitators.
  • University of Minnesota - Public Engagement Network (UM-PEN)  This network brings together the leaders and managers of units from across the system that conduct community-engaged work to share experiences, learn about each other’s work, and to learn about new public engagement opportunities at the University.  The network meets every third Tuesday of the month from 9 to 10:30 a.m. For more information or to have your unit represented, email avp-ope@umn.edu.
  • Campus-Community Coordinators Alliance  The Campus-Community Coordinators Alliance (CCCA) is the professional association for Civil Service Bargaining Unit (CSBU) and Professional/Administrative (P&A) public engagement staff across the University of Minnesota system.  The organization supports public engagement staff professional development with activities like regular networking opportunities, a mentorship program, staff awards, and dissemination of scholarly work. For more information, contact Sara Axtell @ axtel002@umn.edu.