Workshops, Roundtables and Events

Engaged Scholar Critical Community Engagement Roundtables


Created for faculty and staff on the front lines of the University’s community-engaged work, Critical Community Engagement Roundtables offer challenging discussion, peer support and a safe place to test new ideas. The monthly roundtables are made up of community-engaged practitioners from across the University united by a desire to share their experiences and learn from others working in community-university partnerships. Contact Sara Axtell to be added to the email listserv to receive specific topics and meeting reminders.

2019 Engaged Scholar Workshops: Promotion and Tenure


How do faculty who engage in community-based research and teaching make their best case for promotion and tenure?  This three-part workshop will identify challenges that community-engaged scholars face in the promotion and tenure process and present several strategic and practical approaches to addressing these challenges.  

  • Community-Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure: Context and overview (January 31) will feature Associate Vice President for Public Engagement Andy Furco and Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Rebecca Ropers-Huilman on preparing community-engaged faculty for the promotion and tenure process.  
  • Documenting Engaged Scholarship: Enhancing your dossier for promotion and tenure (February 7) will highlight practical strategies to help faculty document the characteristics of quality community-engaged scholarship within their own work.  
  • Preparing Your Dossier: A hands-on clinic (February 14) offers the opportunity for expert and peer critique of participant vitae, research statements, and other dossier documents. 

All  workshops meet from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Burton Hall 108. Attendance is free, but registration is requested by January 11, 2019.

Customized Engaged Scholar Workshops


Engaged Scholar Workshops are designed to help University of Minnesota faculty take advantage of the benefits of publicly-engaged scholarship. Workshops combine discussions with presentations and hands on exercises to explore ideas and best practices specific to community-engaged research and teaching. The Office for Public Engagement’s faculty development staff will create a workshop customized to your department’s needs.
Topics include:

  • Increasing the Impact of Research Through Public Engagement  This workshop uses interactive discussion and case scenarios to highlight the ways that public engagement can increase the rigor and impact of research.  The workshop focuses on the benefits of and strategies for partnering with communities at different stages of the research cycle, as well as ethical principles for community-engaged research.  Scenarios will focus on responding to community concerns about research, and designing a research process that engages community stakeholders.  An overview of engagement resources and initiatives at the University of Minnesota is provided.

  • Fundamentals of Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning  This session provides an overview of different models and strategies for community-engaged teaching and learning. Topics addressed include how to develop reciprocal relationships with communities, how to prepare students for engaged learning, and how to help students harvest learning from their experiences. Participants will learn about the services the Community Service-Learning Center (soon to be renamed the Center for Community-Engaged Learning) provides to support faculty developing and teaching community-engaged learning courses and to departments seeking to increase community engagement in their curricula.
  • Developing and Applying Partnership Principles  This workshop uses the "Principles of Partnership" developed by the Community-Campus Partnerships for Health as a springboard for discussion about the principles that need to be in place to guide the development and implementation of effective community-campus partnerships.  By the end of the workshop, participants will develop a list of partnership principles that fit the needs and work of their particular unit and discuss how to use the principles to navigate challenges in community-university partnerships.
  • Community-Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure  How do faculty who engage in community-based research and teaching make their best case for promotion and/or tenure?  This workshop will identify the challenges community-engaged scholars face in the promotion and tenure process and present several strategic and practical approaches to addressing these challenges.
  • Learning Community  A learning community is a format for professional development in which group members pool their combined knowledge and experience to create new learning.  Learning communities can be particularly effective if group members are working on a particular project (e.g., integrating service-learning into core required courses), or to frame a particular question of interest (e.g., what is the best way to fully integrate community-engaged research into our implementation of tenure and promotion guidelines?).  The Office for Public Engagement staff can help to co-facilitate or serve as resource people for learning communities.

For details, contact Sara Axtell at

Engaged Scholar Promotion and Tenure Dossier Review Sessions


Each year, faculty who conduct community-engaged research and/or teaching and are approaching the promotion and tenure process in the coming months, are invited to attend an annual information session about the University's newly formed Review Committee on Community-Engaged Scholarship
A initiative of the Office for Public Engagement and the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, the Review Committee on Community-Engaged Scholarship is composed of tenured professors from diverse disciplines and professional fields who have agreed to review the dossiers of community-engaged scholars and submit to promotion and tenure committees a written evaluation that speaks to the quality and impact of scholars' engaged scholarship.
The information session is targeted to assistant professors and associate professors are are led by Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Rebecca Ropers-Huilman and the Office for Public Engagement's Faculty Director for Academic Planning and Programs David Weerts.
For details, contact David Weerts at