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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

What America Ate Archive Invites Public Engagement around Eating Habits During the Great Depression

What America Ate Archive Invites Public Engagement around Eating Habits During the Great Depression

Providing opportunities for the public to engage intellectually, both receiving from and contributing to a collective community of knowledge, is an important part of MSU's outreach focus. Helen Veit, associate professor in the Department of History, Peter Berg, head of the MSU Libraries Special Collections, and Dean Rehberger, director of MATRIX, are working on a project that offers this kind of opportunity.

The project, called What America Ate, is a digital archive of thousands of culinary sources from the 1930s about eating habits during the Depression. Created to be a warm, user-friendly website, What America Ate invites the public to take part in the archival process while learning about an important time in America's history ... read more

Kathy Dontje

Teamwork: Educating Future Health Care Professionals in Collaborative Care

As health care awareness grows, and patients address increasingly more complex navigation channels necessary for treating chronic illness and long-term health conditions, Kathy Dontje is working to deliver the highest quality care at the most efficient and effective levels for both patients and healthcare professionals.

Dr. Dontje described the situation: Patients with both mental health and chronic health conditions are likely to receive better care from a team of health care professionals than from a physician or nurse practitioner that works alone. The number of these patients is on the rise—the U.S. population is aging, and there are higher rates of obesity and related disease, to cite two reasons for the increase—and schools need an established curriculum to prepare students to work within a model of interprofessional collaborative care. Dontje was awarded more than $700,000 for a three-year grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop an effective curriculum that provides students with that education and experience ... read more

MSU Priorities

Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Nicholas A. Hays

Business, Management, and Community Engagement Blend for a Rewarding Experience

When Nick Hays began an assistant professorship in the Broad College of Business during Fall 2014, he brought not only academic qualifications, but years of private sector job know-how.

From Hays' perspective, community-engaged learning is a vital component of the student experience. The year following his arrival at MSU, he incorporated a community engagement project into a capstone course for seniors majoring in management. His intent was to include hands-on involvement for his students that illustrated the sometimes stark differences between "knowing that" and "knowing how" ... read more

Looking for Community Partners

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, University Outreach and Engagement may be able to help you. Our staff and researchers have connections across the state in areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Burton Bargerstock, Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, at (517) 353-8977 or bb@msu.edu.


We would like to hear from you. Contact us with comments, suggestions, announcements, or "engaged scholar" project information for future e-newsletters. Send to: engaged.scholar@msu.edu.


MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This program prepares graduate students for 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 Community Engaged Learning to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from Michigan State University Press

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