Join us for the Engaged Scholarship Symposium on Nov. 11

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

As we chart a new path for Charlotte, how do we continue to form reciprocal teaching and research community partnerships to co-produce transformative solutions to the region's challenges? 

Join the Office of Urban Research and Community Engagement to address this question on November 11th at the virtual UNC Charlotte Engaged Scholarship Symposium.  

[Register to attend]

UNC Charlotte’s “Shaping What’s Next” strategic plan calls for the university to become “the preeminent academic institution in the region for . . . community-engaged research” while also achieving “national prominence as an emerging, top-tier research university.” Reconciling these objectives requires a new level of thoughtfulness in our pursuit of engaged scholarship. 

This year’s symposium examines four critical areas requiring greater intentionality in our quest to achieve these dual institutional priorities: curriculum, partnerships, research and merit.

[Check out the full schedule with times for all sessions here]

The symposium features panels and workshops hosted by UNC Charlotte’s award-winning engaged scholars in teaching and research, panel sessions and breakout conversations with community partners, and a panel of nationally recognized engaged scholars from Research 1 institutions.  

  • In the morning session on curriculum, Heather Coffey and Lucy Steele will draw from their upcoming book, Transformative Critical Service Learning: Theory and Practice for Engaging Community College and University Learners in Building and Activist Mindset, to focus on the practice of critical reflection and syllabus development. 

  • Join us for lunchtime conversations with community partnerships (including Niner University Elementary, the Center for Racial Equity in Education, The Lee Institute, Camino Community Center, Read Charlotte, and CharlotteEAST) to discuss best practices in the co-production of knowledge and solutions.

  • In the afternoon, a panel of engaged researchers from The University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, Penn State, and The University of Minnesota will discuss their successes and challenges in this work in an R1 context, and the nature of institutional support. 

  • We will wrap up the day with a conversation with Ryan Kilmer, Nadia Anderson, and Fatma Mili about the strategies, guidance, and tangible resources engaged scholars can use to navigate tenure and promotion across colleges. What institutional barriers will we need to navigate or dismantle to recognize and support this merit of this work?

Established in 2015, the biennial UNC Charlotte Engaged Scholarship Symposium convenes the University’s faculty, staff, and community partners around policies and best practices supporting community-engaged teaching and research and supporting the co-production of knowledge

This is a virtual event.

Visit the Engaged Scholarship Symposium website to register and view the full program.