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Thinking About Water

The 2016 issue of the Engaged Scholar Magazine looks at water using a variety of lenses—from geographic regions to environmental studies to challenges in water resource management.


Hiram Fitzgerald Honored by Michigan Campus Compact

MSU Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards Recognize Faculty and Academic Staff

2017 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
Nomination deadline: May 1, 2017

Workshop on Research-Practice Partnerships in Informal Science Education
Application deadline: May 1, 2017

University Economic Development Association Annual Summit
Presentation application deadline: May 18, 2017

National Academy of Sciences Building Capacity for Science Communication Partnership Awards
Proposal deadline: June 1, 2017

MSU Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement
Program prepares graduate students for academic careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Tools of Engagement Learning Modules
Online curriculum modules are available for use by MSU faculty to introduce undergraduate students to the concept of university-community engagement.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from MSU Press

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MSU Outreach and Engagement Awards

MSU Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony Highlights Exemplary University-Community Partnerships

Michigan State University has the most extensive academic support structure designed to advance its community engagement scholarship mission in the nation, and this year MSU deepened it with the inaugural University Outreach and Engagement Annual Awards Ceremony.

Presentations were made at the February 21 event at the Kellogg Center with an audience that included award recipients and their families, community partners, deans, colleagues, and students.

During her tenure, President Lou Anna K. Simon has advocated and affirmed university-community partnerships. "Community-engaged scholarship is at the heart of our land-grant tradition, and is firmly embedded in our culture. A university that recognizes itself as a vital component of a local or regional community understands that its partners must share in assessing their challenges and creating knowledge that can lead to enduring solutions." ... read more

Gathering data for the American Religious Sounds Project Amy DeRogatis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Religious Studies
College of Arts and Letters

Creating an Aural Record of Religion in the American Midwest

One Sunday early in April, a large group of people gathered in East Lansing to participate in an interfaith event, A Community Pilgrimage. The pilgrims gathered at Congregation Shaarey Zedek and made their way to the Islamic Center of East Lansing, with a stop at the Peoples Church of East Lansing en route. They were accompanied by researcher Amy DeRogatis and a few of her students, who were gathering data for the American Religious Sounds Project, trying to capture the sounds of religion.

The project brings researchers and students together with communities of faith to explore the diversity of religious practice. It encourages participants to ask what makes a sound religious and to explore the boundaries between public and private expressions of faith.

Leading the program are Amy DeRogatis, professor of religion and American culture at Michigan State University, and Isaac Weiner, associate professor of religion and culture at Ohio State University. Truly co–principal investigators with a deep interest in learning more about religious expression in the American context, DeRogatis and Weiner bring different perspectives to the research at hand ... read more

MSU Priorities
Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Bengt Arnetz, Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine Bengt Arnetz, M.D., Ph.D., FACOEM
Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine
College of Human Medicine

Individual Care to Population Health: Working with Refugees

It is widely acknowledged that health care is experiencing a major transformation that includes economic, cultural, political, and societal quandaries. As issues in modern medicine have evolved, stakeholders are increasingly invested and involved in the health care sphere, impacting the way physicians and physicians-in-training approach their work.

Bengt Arnetz leads a department at Michigan State University that is focused on integrating education, research, and practice to address the spectrum of care, from individuals to emerging developments in population health ... read more

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Upcoming Events

Community-Engaged Scholarship Write-Ins
East Lansing, Michigan
May 5, 2017
June 2, 2017
July 7, 2017

Distilling Your Message Interactive Plenary
East Lansing, Michigan
May 15, 2017

Improvisation for Scientists to Strengthen Public Communication Skills Workshop
East Lansing, Michigan
May 16, 2017

Citizen Science Association Annual Conference
St. Paul, Minnesota
May 17-20, 2017

Ripple Effect Mapping Workshop: Documenting Impacts in Communities
East Lansing, Michigan
May 18, 2017

Summer Intensive on Community Engaged Scholarship
East Lansing, Michigan
June 5-9, 2017

Learning Through Reflection Faculty Development Session
East Lansing, Michigan
June 16, 2017

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
June 23-24, 2017

Great Lakes Folk Festival
East Lansing, Michigan
August 11-13, 2017

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference
Galway, Ireland
September 14-16, 2017

Outreach and Engagement Practitioners Network Workshop
Birmingham, Alabama
September 24-25, 2017

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference
Birmingham, Alabama
September 26-27, 2017

University Economic Development Association Annual Summit
Long Beach, California
October 1-4, 2017

Imagining America National Conference
Davis, California
October 12-14, 2017

Anchor Institutions Task Force Annual Conference
New York, New York
October 26- 27, 2017

Campus Compact National Conference
Indianapolis, Indiana
March 25-28, 2018

Innovations in Collaborative Modeling Conference
East Lansing, Michigan
June 18-19, 2018

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University-Community Partnerships

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a community partnership to work on a specific research issue, University Outreach and Engagement can help you. Our staff, specialists, and researchers have established connections across the state in a number of areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Laurie Van Egeren at (517) 353-8977, or vanegere@msu.edu.

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