A New Era of Engagement: The Civic Health of the Commonwealth
Civic Health – The Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility at WKU recently led the creation of the 2011 Civic Health Index for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. An online version can be viewed at http://ncoc.net/KYCHI. The report demonstrated the challenges that Kentuckians face in regard to healthy citizenship and made several recommendations to remedy the challenges. What role do faculty play in these remedies? What research, projects, or programs are you and your colleagues implementing and planning to strengthen the civic health of the Commonwealth? What civic health measures are faculty utilizing for civic health assessments and community building models? What was missing from the report?
Sustainability – Broad efforts of incorporating sustainable practices and concepts have become an imperative in recent years. What is the role of institutions of higher education to model environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic development? How do we assure the long-term sustainability of our engagement efforts? What research, pedagogies, and programs are being conducted that contribute to the ongoing work to achieve social, economic, and environmental sustainability?
Partnerships – This session seeks to discuss the creation, maintenance, and development of mutually beneficial relationships with community members and organizations. How can academia build relationships with community? What are the best practices for community partnership formation? What benefits have been found when combining the intellectual resources of the university/college and the needs of the community? What role should the university/college play in the community? How does community engagement improve the academic institution? How does the community play a leading role in engagement efforts?
Technology 3.0 – Technology is transforming the student and faculty experience in higher education classrooms by facilitating collaborative work, learner-centered teaching, and the sharing of relevant up-to-date information. How do faculty use technology to impact larger audiences, promote engaged work, encourage action, and share approaches to service? Is social media effective or has it already run its course? How can we effectively incorporate innovative technology into our engaged research, teaching, and learning?
Student-Centered Engagement – This session focuses on student outcomes as identified by faculty and students. Student-centered engagement programs are planned and implemented around student needs. How do we identify appropriate learning objectives for students and provide support? What should students get and what do students get out of participating in engagement endeavors? How do we evaluate student success?
Academic Activism – Engaged scholarship supports students' applied learning and meaningful service, as well as faculty knowledge creation and public problem-solving. Because of this, faculty and students are active participants and leaders in social change and community development. How do we work for justice through models that create systemic change and community empowerment? Is there a role for engagement with faith-based communities that explores religious values focused on solidarity?
Poster Presentation – This session will be devoted to highlighting projects and programs that enhance civic engagement or service-learning. Poster presentations should fit under one of the tracks listed above or the broader theme of New Era of Engagement. Instead of papers, session presenters will prepare large visual poster summaries of their work, allowing presenters to talk directly with session participants. Presenters should emphasize the originality of their work and provide sufficient information.
Poster proposals should describe the teaching strategy and explain how it will be described in the poster. Marketing textbooks, commercial software, or similar materials will not be considered for the session.
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