U of M Strategic Partner for Campus Compact's Engaged Scholars Initiative

Campus Compact of the Midwest announced the launch of its Engaged Scholars Initiative (ESI), a multi-state endeavor to develop, support, and connect leaders who can advance co-created knowledge, critically engaged pedagogies, models of institutional change, and collaborative action that address societal issues.  Michigan State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Minnesota have been named strategic partners, in which they will provide leadership and in-kind and financial support. 

ESI will select and support a small cohort of engaged scholars and scholar-practitioners who are addressing complex, challenging, and intractable issues in society. 

The Midwest Campus Compact region includes the Great Plains, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Wisconsin. 

Campus Compact is accepting applications from scholars interested in participating. Cohort members will commit to an ongoing learning and leadership process from May 2019 to August 2020.

The program is intended for the following individuals:

  • Full-time pre-tenure faculty (for those in a tenure track system),
  • Full-time faculty within their first 8 years (for those at contract-based systems), or
  • Full-time community engagement professionals in their early- to mid-career (3 to 8 years of experience).

In addition, the initiative seeks to build a cohort of individuals of all identities, socioeconomic backgrounds, and institutional types. 

University of Minnesota faculty and staff are encouraged to apply.  For those selected from the University  of Minnesota, the Office for Public Engagement will cover the costs of the program fee ($1,500) and related travel expenses. The application requires a letter of support; Associate Vice President for Public Engagement Andy Furco can provide this letter for all University of Minnesota applications. To secure a letter or for additional questions, please contact Amber Cameron (acameron@umn.edu). Applications are due March 4, 2019.