Get Engaged in our Campus Dialogue on Community Engagement with Dr. Barbara Holland

Internationally-known scholar and expert on community engagement in higher education visited the University of Louisville in October to provide insight and ideas about community engagement work.

Thanks to the faculty and staff who participated in making Dr. Holland’s visit to the University of Louisville a success! See below to access her workshop materials.

The Office of the Vice President for Community Engagement; the Division of Undergraduate Affairs and Enrollment Management; and Ideas to Action (i2a) welcomed internationally known scholar on community engagement, Barbara Holland, Ph.D.

Community engagement is an institutional priority for UofL. What does "engaged scholarship" mean and what does it have to do with teaching, research and service? These were among the questions that Dr. Holland's visit explored during her workshops and her conversations across campus.

Conversation on Community Engagement: Q&A Session with Dr. Barbara Holland

Thursday October 11, 2012, 4:30–5:30 p.m. | 300 Humanities, Belknap Campus

This open meeting was an opportunity to meet Dr. Barbara Holland. Questions, concerns, and ideas about building community engagement into your work at the University of Louisville were addressed.

Faculty and Engaged Scholarship: Your Teaching, Research, and Service Reconsidered

Friday October 12, 2012, 8:30–10:45 a.m. | 201 Miller Information Technology Center (MITC), Belknap Campus

This workshop with community engagement expert Dr. Barbara Holland addressed the questions: What is the Scholarship of Engagement? How does this frame of reference inform the various roles that faculty play in teaching, research, and service?

Dr. Holland explained and explored how faculty can develop, integrate, and document community engagement work to serve our teaching and scholarship goals/agendas. Through deepened discussion, analysis of the best practices of successful schools and programs, and short activities, participants gained new insights and strategies for infusing and assessing engagement across the dimensions of faculty life.

Presentation [PDF] - Additional resources regarding Community Engagement [PDF]

Outcomes for participants included:

  • Gaining an overview of how to connect engagement activities to promotion and tenure goals
  • Practicing strategies for infusing engagement into their teaching contexts, course development and design, and the creation of student learning outcomes
  • Practicing strategies for infusing engagement into their research agenda, scholarship, and documenting academic work
  • Exploring methods for assessing and documenting engagement work

About Dr. Barbara Holland

Barbara has been a senior scholar with the Center for Service Learning at IUPUI since 2000 and a professor in Portland State University and the University of Sydney. While acting as a senior scholar, she's also held other roles in the engagement field. From 2000-2002 she was director of the HUD Office of University Partnerships, and from 2002-2007 she was the director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. Over the last four years she has worked as a senior academic administrator and leader of community engagement in Australia. Throughout her career she has been an active researcher, author and consultant on community engagement institutionalization including community-university partnerships, strategic planning, organizational change, faculty development and evaluation of engagement's impacts and outcomes.

In 2006, Barbara received the Research Achievement Award from the International Association of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) and currently serves as chair of the I-SLICE Board. In 2008 she was one of the first two Fellows selected by the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance. Barbara is Editor of Metropolitan Universities, the journal of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, and is on editorial boards for five other journals related to engagement. She resides in Portland, Oregon and continues her consulting, research and speaking activities in the US and internationally.

Her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism were earned at the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Ph.D. in higher education policy was awarded by the University of Maryland-College Park.

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