U of M Office for Public Engagement Unveils Bold Agenda

In a systemwide message to University faculty and staff, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement Andrew Furco brings attention to some of the academic support, funding, professional development, and networking opportunities available for faculty, students, staff, and academic units involved in community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach activities.

Dear Colleagues,

As we begin the new academic year, I want to bring to your attention some of the academic support, funding, professional development, and networking opportunities available for faculty, students, staff, and academic units involved in community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach activities.

This year’s bold agenda for public engagement focuses on expanding support to academic units interested in addressing grand challenges through community-partnered efforts.  It also includes the development of University-wide metrics priorities for public engagement and the convening of a campus-wide committee charged with developing guidelines to assist promotion and tenure review committees in evaluating faculty members’ community-engaged scholarship.

I hope you will join us and share your work at our systemwide conference:  Meeting Grand Challenges through Community-Engaged Research and Teaching, to be held Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Commons Hotel.  This full-day conference will engage faculty, staff, students, and community partners from all five campuses in presentations of how critical societal issues are being addressed through research and teaching conducted in partnership with non-profits, educational systems, business and industry, and governmental agencies.  The call for presentations will be available in early October at engagement.umn.edu.

I encourage you to explore the various planned 2015-2016 public engagement programs, initiatives, grants, and events by visiting the Resources and Opportunities webpage or by contacting the Office for Public Engagement at avp-ope@umn.edu.

Thank you for all you do to advance the University’s public engagement agenda.

Sincerely,

Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement