Encourage Undergraduates to Submit Papers for Publication

The International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change has a call for papers.  You can view the Journal at http://opus.govst.edu/iujsl/ 

The Journal is dedicated to providing undergraduate students a venue to discuss their service-learning projects and experiences.   

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Imagining America has a new StoryShare podcast

IAStoryShare is a project of Imagining America (IA) where publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students and other community members share stories about their life and work.

Subscribe here to hear stories from 2017 National Conference. Come to the story booth in Chicago at this year's IA National Gathering for the opportunity to be featured in a future episode.

Medical College of Wisconsin Hosting Community Engaged Scholarship Program September 17-20 

Community Engaged Scholars: Immersion Program Applications due Aug. 3rd Health Faculty Encouraged to Apply

Applicants with experience in research interested in being immersed into community engagement should apply for this program. This program spans four days, focusing on the five Social Determinants of Health outlined by Healthy People 2020 (Healthypeople.gov) through a partnership with Silver Spring Neighborhood Center in Milwaukee, a valuable community partner. This program was designed to align the community as teachers to researchers interested in learning how to become effective community-engaged professionals. During this experience you will be immersed into the community site programming, learn from the staff about perspectives of community partners in community engagement, and have the opportunity for bi-directional discussions. Space is limited.

September 17th (starting at 2pm) through September 20th, 2018

Program Cost $100

Applicant Criteria

Applicants that align to our program must:

  1. Be a researcher interested in building capacity for community engaged research
  2. Have at least one year of graduate level study
  3. Have a willingness to be culturally humble
  4. Be available for the entire experience from September 17th to September 20th

Apply nowhttps://www.mcw.edu/Community-Engagement/Immersion-Program.htm

Call for Papers International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change

Did you present your community engaged scholarship for a class? At the symposium? Share your work with the world!

The International Undergraduate Journal for Service-learning, Leadership and Social Change has a call for papers.  You can view the Journal athttp://opus.govst.edu/iujsl/ 

The Journal is dedicated to providing undergraduate students a venue to discuss their service-learning projects and experiences.  The Journal considers three types of articles:

            1) Articles that discuss the development of a service-learning project and the  

                 impact of the project on the community served;

            2) A case study of a service-learning project;

            3) A reflection on service-learning and the development of personal leadership.

Each article will be reviewed by selected readers and the member of the editorial board.  Manuscripts should be typed double-spaced, excluding block quotations which should be typed single-spaced, and references.  To ensure anonymity, author’s names and affiliation should appear on a separate cover page.  Articles should not exceed 15 pages.  Authors should follow APA format.

The Journal accepts Book Reviews on service-learning and social change.  Book reviews should not exceed 2 pages and include Book Title, Author, and Publisher.

Submissions should be sent in Word format.  DO NOT HAVE HEADERS OR PAGE NUMBERING.

Submit by e-mail to: Ned Scott Laff, Ph.D.                       


Imagining America Arts and Scholars in Public Life: Call for Proposals Due 6/22

Faculty and students are invited to submit proposals on their research and scholarship.

Transformative Imaginations: Decarceration and Liberatory Futures

 Invitation for Proposals
Imagining America 18th National Gathering

Chicago, Illinois | Friday-Sunday, October 19-21, 2018 | #18IAGathering
Submission Deadline: Friday, June 22

We are facing the largest social crisis in modern U.S. history, and it is a crisis that, on some level, affects every one of us. From children to seniors, foreign nationals to U.S. citizens, the United States’ carceral system locks up more than 10 million individuals each year through a vast network of prisons, jails, juvenile correctional facilities, immigration detention facilities, civil commitment centers, and state psychiatric centers. This system restricts the lives of nearly 5 million individuals currently on probation or parole, and it destabilizes an exponential number of families and communities. Addressing a crisis of this magnitude requires moving beyond a public discourse limited by preconceptions of what is achievable.

Imagining America believes that the arts, design, and the humanities provide us with tools and practices that can free our imaginations as to what is possible. The 2018 Imagining America National Gathering seeks to bring people together to imagine, explore, and make real a world beyond incarceration and to envision liberatory futures – futures that include worlds where resources invested in carceral economies are directed to housing, health care, and public education.

Drawing on traditions of speculative, utopian, and Afrofuturist inquiry while engaging with transformative work already in progress, Imagining America invites proposals that advance dialogue, research, programs, and advocacy regarding the impacts of carceral systems – both historical and contemporary – on our communities. Proposals need not explicitly address incarceration, but should contribute to a vision of justice motivated by the healing of communities and individuals.

We encourage proposals from currently and formerly incarcerated individuals, people directly impacted by the carceral system, activists, community organizers, artists, designers, students, faculty, and staff from IA member campuses and beyond, and others engaged in liberatory visioning and work. We especially encourage proposals that highlight collaboration, dialogue, community engagement, and creative forms of expression.

This year’s gathering also builds upon current work being done by Illinois Humanities through an initiative called Envisioning Justice (https://envisioningjustice.org). Using the arts and humanities, Envisioning Justice seeks to strengthen efforts in Chicago to reimagine our criminal legal system and is inspired by a commitment to justice, accountability, safety, support, and restoration for all people. Launched in 2017, Envisioning Justice will continue through 2019, thereby providing space for the discussions, works, and imaginings that take place during the gathering to continue.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Poster Session

The University Teaching and Learning Center, in collaboration with the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, has issued an invitation for faculty to propose a poster for the 3rd annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Poster Session to be held during Teaching Day 2018 on September 27.

We strongly encourage faculty using service-learning practices in their courses to review the data on their students' learning experiences and submit! 

"SoTL is scholarly inquiry and research into teaching practices; projects can be big or small.  Examples of SoTL include, but are not limited to:

  • Measuring changes in teaching or learning over time
  • Examining how students understand a particular aspect or concept of a course.
  • Assessing the effectiveness of a particular assignment, assessment, or pedagogical intervention or approach
  • Comparing groups of students across a single class or across multiple course experiences.

For more information on SoTL posters, including how to submit your proposal, please visit go.gwu.edu/sotl.

For sample SoTL posters, see last year's contributions to Teaching Day.

For questions about doing SoTL and the Poster Session, contact Professor Maria de la Fuente.

Imagining America National Conference, Oct 19-21

Imagining America 2018 National Conference

Link to more info: https://imaginingamerica.org/2018/01/25/imagining-america-2018-national-conference/

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life and Illinois Humanities are pleased to announce that Imagining America’s 2018 National Conference will be held October 19-21 in Chicago, Illinois. The two organizations will work with local institutions and leaders in organizing this annual event.

About Imagining America
"A national consortium of colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, Imagining America advances public scholarship, community building, civically engaged learning, and campus change through the bold power of the arts, humanities, and design."

Opportunities from Campus Compact Mid Atlantic

The Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic (CCMA) is a non-profit membership association of colleges and universities that are public, 2-year and 4-year. They advocate, support, and encourage institutional participation in academic and co-curricular based on public service and civic engagement programs to universities and colleges in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Delaware. Here are some news and updates from the CCMA:

Next, CCMA is searching for two new VISTA leaders! These two leaders will serve as a resource for their VISTA cohort of 30 members, build capacity for their organization, and support VISTA alumni outreach. If you have participated in national service for at least a year and are interested, apply now at: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=71785&fromSearch=true

Also, CCMA is officially welcoming Delaware into their network. So, join them for a CCMA Launch in the University of Delaware on Wednesday, April 18. 2018, where discussions about Mobilizing Higher Education’s Ability to Elevate Community Life Through P-20 Partnerships will be held. There will be a panel of CCMA Presidents, followed by an Idea Exchange, CCMA Award, and a Launch Plenary speaker. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/campus-compact-mid-atlantic-launch-welcome-delaware-tickets-42333543769

In addition, there are some opportunities to earn grants for papers and proposals. The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) is inviting departments from colleges and universities in the U.S. to apply for mini-grants. These grants will formalize helping students investigate disciplinary questions in their major through a civic lens. Applications are due by April 23rd, 2018. Click here for more information and to access the application: https://www.aacu.org/civic/mini-grants


Finally, nominations are now open for the CCMA 2017 Awards. Every year, the CCMA recognizes and awards those who have shown excellence in leadership of civic engagement and service-learning in order to promote a culture of engagement throughout the region. There are several awards opportunities, so click here to see their descriptions and to find out how to nominate an individual or a program: https://www.mdccc.org/events/pi/awards.html


So, these are some events and opportunities that the CCMA is offering, and if you are interested to find out more about these kinds of news and events, check out their full website: https://www.mdccc.org/index.html.


Registration open for 2018 Global EPICS Symposium and Workshop at Purdue






This is a great opportunity for STEM fields to engage in community engaged scholarship.


Deadline is May 25, 2018

EPICS is an engineering-based, service-learning approach to multi-disciplinary design where student teams address needs within their local and global communities. Founded at Purdue University, EPICS has been integrated into the curricula at 42 universities and colleges. EPICS in IEEE, a signature program of IEEE, empowers students to work with local service organizations by applying technical knowledge to implement solutions for a community’s unique challenges.

This year’s gathering will bring together three groups for a synergistic set of workshops, panel discussions and roundtables. These three groups are:

  1. New Faculty, instructors; staff professionals; IEEE volunteers and members; industry partners and others interested in learning about the EPICS model for Engineering/Computing-based Service-Learning and Community Engagement
  2. Experienced EPICS leaders, faculty, instructors, administrators, students and partners from the member institutions of the EPICS Consortium
  3. International EPICS leaders, faculty, instructors, administrators, students and partners especially from India including our IUCEE-EPICS institutions

The symposium and workshop have special slots for each group (Monday for those new to EPICS, Thursday and Friday will focus on India). Tuesday and Wednesday will be a mix of interactions between groups with opportunities for discussions around common interests.

How You Benefit

• Gain a better understanding of engineering-based community engagement

• See examples of ways EPICS can be integrated into course curriculum and capstone projects

• Develop the skills to gain institutional support, acquire community and industry sponsors, establish funding models and build a sustainable program

• Gain insights from experienced leaders on how to engage students; identify, create and sustain projects; and conduct student assessments

• Network with established EPICS colleagues as well other interested facility members, industry and community leaders

• Learn how to make connections globally across programs

• Leave the workshop prepared to put what you learned into practice in order to grow, institutionalize or establish an EPICS program at your institution

Workshop Details

Date: June 11-15, 2018

         June 11 – for those new to EPICS

(all participants invited to the welcome reception on the evening of the 11th )

         June 12-13 – for all participants, sessions led by EPICS faculty from multiple institutions
         June 14-15 – focus integrating EPICS into the Indian engineering curriculum and similar models

Where: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Registration Fees:

$200 June 11-13 (includes Tuesday and Wednesday meals and Monday welcome reception)

$400 Full week (June 11-15 and includes Tuesday - Friday meals and Monday welcome reception) 

Participants are expected to cover their lodging costs and travel to the workshop. A room block is available on Purdue’s Campus at the Purdue Union Club Hotel from June 11-15.

Questions can be forwarded to

Eric VandeVoorde at +1-765-494-3750 or evandevo@purdue.edu or

Dr. William Oakes at oakes@purdue.edu