Building Engaged Departments

Initial curators: Kevin Kecskes, Portland State University

Introduction

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.

Key resources

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.

B) PLANNING AND ASSESSEMNT SUPPORT TOOLS

Exemplars

A) INSTITUTIONAL EFFORTS

B) EXAMPLES OF ENGAGED DEPARTMENTS

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