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EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: 2022 UofL Engaged Scholarship Symposium

When Feb 18, 2022
from 11:15 PM to 11:55 PM
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Theme: Community Engagement in the Era of COVID

Sponsored by The Office of Community Engagement


Location: Chao Auditorium, following with sessions at locations within Ekstrom [we will monitor the COVID-19 situation ahead of the event and move to Teams if necessary]

Call for Proposals

The theme for the 2022 Engaged Scholarship Symposium is Community Engagement in the Era of COVID. Many of us were forced to change the way we teach and conduct research because of the pandemic and community engagement is no exception. The 2022 Engaged Scholarship Symposium seek to explore how we are engaging with our community during the pandemic, how we are collaborating with community partners, the effect of the changes on our work, challenges encountered, and lessons learned to name a few areas. Some of the topics in which we are interested include:

  • Literacy through community engagement – Literacy is broadly defined to include health literacy, environmental literacy, math literacy, financial literacy, and other aspects of literacy. How was literacy addressed during the pandemic?
  • Impact of community engagement – How is/was your community engagement efforts impacting the community, students, your own professional growth (teaching & research)?
  • The Digital Divide – The digital divide was glaring during the pandemic. How did you engage with community partners to address the digital divide?
  • Social Justice – How did the pandemic bring social justice issues to the forefront and how were you able to engage with community partners on social justice issues?
  • Promotion and tenure – Promotion and tenure is a concern for many faculty who are involved in community engaged work. Did the pandemic further complicate the promotion and tenure process for you? How did you successfully navigate the promotion and tenure process with your community engagement activities during the pandemic?


Presentations should provide participants with “nuts and bolts” on community-engaged activities through teaching and research. Presentations addressing engaged-teaching should include examples of students engaging with the community in experiential learning opportunities. Presentations addressing engaged-research should include research conducted in collaboration with community partners to study an issue that impacts the community.

Proposals should adhere to one of the following three presentation formats.

  • Lightning Talk – A Lightning talk is a 5 minute presentation that provides a brief overview of your project, noting specifics. It is not intended to provide details but merely to highlight a few key points to spark the interest of attendees, who may seek out the presenter to learn more.
  • Panel Presentations – Panel presentations are 15 minute presentations with other panelists. Presenters should provide details about their work, noting specific areas that would be beneficial to attendees.
  • Round Table Presentations – Round table presentations are designed for small groups of 6 to 8 individuals where the topic is discussed in detail, with contribution coming from participants. The presenter gives a short presentation on the topic then open up the conversation for a rich discussion.


Submission Form

Submission Deadline, February 7, 2022



Completed proposals should be submitted by February 7, 2022. For questions, contact Henry Cunningham, Director of Community Engagement by e-mail or by calling 852-8946

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