Building Engaged Departments
Initial curators: Kevin Kecskes, Portland State University
To build and strengthen our communities as well as reinvigorate student learning to serve a public purpose, we must focus on engaging departments. There are two components of this: (a) establishing common goals within the department, and (b) effectively communicating these goals and the purpose of these goals with students and community partners.
A) ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS
- Kecskes, K., Sumner, R., Elliot, E. & Ackerman, A. (2016). A year-long journey in the orchard: Growing community amid the brambles, in Wortham-Gavin, B. D., Allen, J., and Sherman, J., (Eds.) Sustainable solutions: Let knowledge serve the city, Greenleaf Publishing, Sheffield, UK
- Kecskes, K. (2015). Collectivizing our impact: Engaging departments and academic change. Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, (6) 3. Greensboro, NC ISSN: 1944-1061
- Kecskes, K. (2013) The engaged department and higher education reform: Research, theory, and transformation of the academic unit, in Clayton, Bringle, & Hatcher, (Eds.) Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment, Stylus Publications, 471-504.
- Kecskes, K (2011). Engaging departments in the game: Increasing awareness and assessment for the academic unit, in J. Saltmarsh and E. Zlotkowski (Eds.) Higher Education and Democracy: Collected Essays on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. Temple University Press
- Kecskes, K. (2006) Engaging departments: Moving faculty culture from private to public, individual to collective focus for the common good (pp. 219-242). Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing.
- Kecskes, K. (2006) Department-Wide Engagement: Creating and Supporting Durable Structures for Campus and Community Change, In Perry, J., Jones, S. (Eds.) Quick Hits for Educating Citizens. Indiana University Press, Bloomington IN 82-84.
- Kecskes, K., Gelmon, S., Spring, A. (2006) Creating Engaged Departments: A Program for Organizational and Faculty Development. To Improve the Academy: Resources for Faculty, Instructional and Organizational Development, (24), 147-165.
- Lake, D., Mileva, G., Carpenter, H., Carr, D., Lancaster, P., & Yarbrough, T. (2017). Shifting Engagement Efforts Through Disciplinary Departments: A Mistake or a Starting Point? A Cross-Institutional, Multi-Department Analysis. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 21(3), 135-164.
B) PLANNING AND ASSESSEMNT SUPPORT TOOLS
- Kecskes, K. (2008). Creating community-engaged departments: Self-assessment rubric for the institutionalization of community engagement in academic departments
- Characteristics of Engaged Departments Framework: Four Perspectives: Useful framework for departmental planning.
- Battistoni, R. M., Gelmon, S. B., Saltmarsh, J. A., Wergin, J. F., & Zlotkowski, E. (2003). The engaged department toolkit. Providence, RI: Campus Compact.
- Engaged Department Planning Tool (Portland State)
A) INSTITUTIONAL EFFORTS
- Engaged Departments, Center for Community Engagement at California State University
B) EXAMPLES OF ENGAGED DEPARTMENTS
- Communication Studies at Samford University
- Geology at Orange Coast College
- Art at Portland State University
- English at Chandler-Gilbert Community College
- Social Work Education at Widener University
- Sociology and Anthropology at Spelman College
- Nursing at Case Western Reserve University
- Communication at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst
- Sociology at Georgetown University
- Chicana and Chicano Studies at the UCLA
- Educational Psych and Counseling at CSU – Northridge
Other Useful Information
- List of publicly available publications by Kevin Kecskes
Videos & Presentations
Designing & Delivering a Service-Lea
Connect2Complete Resource Guide
Assessing and Documenting Engagement
2014 Annual Membership Survey
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