Engaged Scholar Faculty Digest, Spring 2018

January 16, 2018

In This Issue:

  • Upcoming events and other opportunities
  • Calls for journal and conference proposals
  • New Research Spotlight: Taking the Learning from Service Learning into the Postcollege World
  • Research and resources

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

Apply to be a research fellow: 

The application is now open for the 2018-2019 Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Scholar Research Fellowship Program, which supports community-engaged scholars. Each scholar will receive support for completing and publishing their research, including free attendance and transportation to the annual Pen to Paper Writing Retreat, scheduled for August 26 – 28, 2018 at the Dumas Bay Centre just outside Seattle, Washington. Applications due May 4, 2018.

The Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning at DePaul University is again offering a research fellowship, this year focused on community/community partner impact of higher education service-learning in Chicago. Proposals are due June 1, 2018.

Nominate yourself or someone else: 

The 2018 Engaged Campus Awards will be presented on May 9, 2018 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids. Nominations are due March 30 and there are categories for leaders, faculty, staff, students, organizations, alumni and partnerships.

Learn at the National Campus Compact Conference, March 25-28, Indianapolis:

The conference theme, True Stories of Engagement: Higher Education for Democracy, calls us to bring forward practical accounts of how colleges and universities are building civic skills and civic health. The conference will provide opportunities to learn more about integrating dialogue and deliberation into the institution. Register soon – hotel space is limited.

Share Your Work: Calls for Proposals



New Research Spotlight: Taking the Learning from Service Learning into the Postcollege World

This article analyzes a decade-long program at Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC) to host a week-long on-campus emergency homeless shelter during Winter Session. The program is student-initiated and student-run and a longitudinal, qualitative research study was conducted to understand transferable-skill development and attitudinal change among student participants. Researchers found long-term skill impacts, especially among alumni who served in leadership roles as shelter managers. These students vividly recalled the experience and were able to confidently articulate the skills they developed and how they’d used those skills in their careers. Their responsibility and ownership of the project, combined with faciltiated, in-class reflection, seemed to be the biggest contributors to these impacts. Read the full article.

New Research and Resources

Listen to the Compact Nation podcast. In the second season there will be two episodes each month focused on a range of topics from nontraditional students to cultural competency and deliberative dialogue.




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