Learning Opportunities Offered in Conjunction with National Partners

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop


Angela Allen

"Since earning my PhD from MSU, I have been fortunate to continue to co-create successful community engaged capacity-building programs in both Detroit and in Milwaukee that are achieving community and academic systems change. These programs have ranged from connecting art and media to community development, as well as increasing the use of community-based participatory research in community food systems. I am also proud to be a partner with institutions who can continue to support and publish this work, such as the Charles F. Kettering Foundation and its international network of civically engaged scholars and community practitioners. MSU UOE affirmed my own talent and passions and provided the institutional support for me as a graduate student to have the autonomy that creation and innovation requires."

Angela Allen
Extension Educator and Faculty Member in Community and Economic Development, University of Wisconsin

The Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (EESW) is a preconference event at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference, focused on supporting early-career engaged scholars. This intensive professional development workshop provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community engaged scholarship. Sessions include building an engagement dossier, peer discussion of community engaged research proposals, and mentoring from nationally established scholars in the field, along with networking events throughout the conference.

The first workshop, which took place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, was co-developed and facilitated by graduate students, including Angela Allen, who was at that time a doctoral student in MSU's Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) program and graduate research assistant with UOE's National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement. UOE faculty and staff supported a pre-conference workshop program proposal that Allen and Tami Moore, a doctoral student at Washington State University at the time, developed together in 2006 while attending and presenting at two educational administration conferences. As community practitioners who chose to pursue doctoral degrees, they talked about the need for students in graduate programs to connect their community practitioner and community engagement experiences with academic research and mentoring.

These conversations led to convening a twelve-member workshop planning committee to develop the first Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop in 2007. Initially funded by UOE through its National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, the Workshop subsequently became a signature program of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, which continues to offer it annually.

Pen to Paper Writing Retreat: Writing With, For, and About Service and Community Engagement


In 2015, University Outreach and Engagement partnered with Michigan Campus Compact and Indiana Campus Compact to offer a two day writing retreat for faculty, academic staff, and graduate students interested in publishing their scholarship in interdisciplinary community engagement journals. This professional development opportunity is designed to build peer review publishing capacity for early to mid-career engaged scholars.

Over the two days, participants discuss ideas with journal editors, receive mentoring from faculty coaches, share ideas with colleagues and peers, and have dedicated time to write. The writing retreat offers two tracks: Planning to Write and Manuscript Ready. Planning to Write is for beginners to strategize about writing journal articles based on well-developed projects or community engagement experiences. Manuscript Ready is for those seeking advice on polishing draft manuscripts and selecting journals for submission.

As participating sponsors, editors from the following journals and publications services have committed to participate in the retreat as mentors and coaches: CES4Health (Community Engaged Scholarship for Health); International Journal of Service-Learning and Community Engagement; Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education; Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement; and Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education.

  • Written by Amy Byle, University Outreach and Engagement

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