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CANCELLED - UofL Engaged Scholarship Symposium

When Mar 20, 2020
from 10:00 AM to 02:30 PM
Where Student Activities Center W117
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Annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium

Friday, March 20, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Student Activities Center W116 & W117 -- Event is free, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided.

The Engaged Scholarship Symposium is a chance for faculty to network and share with the university community how they are engaged in interdisciplinary/inter-professional work. 



Plenary Session

10:00 - Welcome, Dr. Henry Cunningham, Director of Community Engagement

10:05 - Remarks, Dr. Tracy Eells, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

10:15 - Remarks, Dr. Beth Boehm, Executive Vice President and Provost

10:25 - Recognition

Faculty: Cate Fosl – Anne Braden Institute, College of Arts & Sciences The W. K. Kellogg Community Engagement Scholarship Award Recipient

Community Partner: The Fairness Campaign

10:40 - Dr. Julie Hatcher, Keynote Speaker

Julie A. Hatcher is Associate Professor Emeritus of philanthropic studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Senior Scholar with the Center for Service and Learning.  She serves on the national advisory board for the Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement elective classification, and led the successful reclassification at IUPUI in 2015. Julie served as executive director of the Center for Service and Learning from 2012-2018.  She has published more than fifty articles and book chapters, and served as co-editor of the IUPUI Series on Service Learning Research (Stylus, 2011, 2013, 2016). Her research and scholarship focuses on the public purposes of higher education, civic-minded graduates and professionals, civic learning outcomes, and implementing philanthropic studies curriculum. In 2017, she was awarded the Distinguished Career Award by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement. Julie consults with universities, both domestically and internationally, on strategies to enact the public purposes of higher education.  Julie earned her PhD in philanthropic studies with a minor in higher education at Indiana University.

11:45 - Lunch is provided

12:15 - Presentations

12:15pm - Session 1 Panel Presentations - Room 117

Age Friendly Louisville: An Interdisciplinary and Participatory Community Engagement Approach

Pamela A. Yankeelov: Research Director, Trager Institute

Anna C. Faul: Executive Director, Trager Institute

Barbara A, Gordon: Director of Community Engagement, Trager Institute

Tihisha M. Rawlins: Associate State Director – Grassroots Initiatives, AARP, Kentucky

Sarah Teeters, Office of Aging and Disabilities, Louisville Metro

Our presentation discusses an interdisciplinary participatory community engagement approach to the creation of an age-friendly Louisville initiative. We utilized seven steps to increase cross-links between community and expert insights, creating a community-driven action plan approved by the World Health Organization and implemented by Age-Friendly Louisville with support from the Mayor.

Recovering Hidden Histories Through Community Engagement:  the Kentucky LGBTQ Heritage Project

Cate Fosl: Director, A&S Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and Professor of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Chris Hartman: Director, Fairness Campaign

This award-winning partnership between UofL’s Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research and the Fairness Campaign produced the nation’s first-ever statewide LGBTQ historic context report ( ) and designated Kentucky’s first 2 LGBTQ historic sites.  The presentation will share how the collaboration worked and next steps.

Learning how the community leads: Understanding Metro's Public Participation

David Johnson: Assistant Professor, Health Management and System Sciences, (SPHIS)

Daniel DeCaro: Assistant Professor, UPA and Psychology, A&S

This presentation overviews 3-years of work completed by a transdisciplinary research team collaborating with staff from Louisville Metro. This project seeks to understand how residents interact with Metro's public participation processes, and has included data collection at more than 30 Metro events and with various neighborhood groups. 

12:15 - Session 1 Lighting Talks - Room 116

You. Deserve. Music.

Chris Millett, MM, MT-BC: Music Therapy Clinic Coordinator, School of Music – Music Therapy

The UofL Music Therapy Clinic (MTC) provides cutting edge, evidence-based music therapy interventions for the Kentuckiana community. The MTC offers innovative techniques to meet the needs of those in our community with disabilities and related health needs. Clients receive affordable services from a high caliber teaching and learning clinic.

Design for Public Issues

Leslie Friesen: Power Agency Designer-in-Residence, Department of Fine Arts, College of Arts & Sciences

The Design for Public Issues class, a required class for the Graphic Design BFA, provides a community engagement and collaborative learning opportunity. Student designers work as a team with non-profit organizations to develop a cohesive system of visual communications materials that increase awareness, involvement, and support for these non-profits

Modification to a Healthy Relationship Curriculum to Enhance LGBTQIA+ Friendliness

Anita Barbee: Professor, Kent School of Social Work and Center for Family and Community Well-Being

From 2011-2015, an RCT showed that Love Notes reduced intimate partner violence, risky sexual behavior and teen pregnancy even among LGBTQIA+ youth. During a 2017-2019 roll-out, given the changing landscape regarding gender fluidity, our team worked with LGBTQIA+ youth to modify the curriculum to be more friendly with positive results

Transitioning School Leadership and STEM Education Outreach

Justin McFadden: Assistant Professor: Science Education, College of Education and Human Development

The current project involves an elementary/middle school in Louisville’s West End: West End School and Portland Elementary. Over the course of three years, transitions in school leadership impacted the implementation of STEM education outreach project. This presentation will discuss challenges and successes that resulted as multiple changes occurred.

Investigating Metro United Way’s Ready for K thru Play Training Approach

Jill L. Jacobi-Vessels: Director, Early Learning Campus, College of Education and Human Development

Early childhood educators frequently complete required training hours through a disjointed series of workshops rather than a cohesive plan to deepen knowledge. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a community-based Communities of Practice (COP) training model on participants’ pedagogical beliefs and classroom practices.

Engaging With Local Schools Through Archaeology and Anthropology

Thomas Jennings: Director, Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences

The Center for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage is initiating two engaged scholarship partnerships. One is an experiential learning initiative with Central High School. The second, in partnership with the Kentucky School for the Blind, is an on-site archaeological field school offering visually impaired students the opportunity to experience excavations.


1:25 - Session 2 Panel Presentations - Room 117

Music Therapy and the Community Classroom

Lorna E. Segall, PhD. School of Music

Jess Rushing, PhD. Assistant Professor School of Music

The focus of this presentation highlights the community engaged learning experiences that our music therapy students receive while attending UL. This presentation will highlight the variety, challenges, and benefits of learning in community-based classrooms. It will also share potential areas of collaboration across the campus.

Engaging Youth in Planning and Design: A Pilot Project with Western Middle School

Kelly Kinahan: Assistant Professor, Department of Urban & Public Affairs

Charles Nasby: Technical Production Manager and graduate student in the Master of Sustainability Program

Marilyn Harris, Director, Office of Housing, Louisville Metro Government

Michelle Rodgers, Grants Contract Coordinator

This presentation will offer lessons learned about working with multiple community partners from the 2019 graduate Urban Planning & Sustainability Capstone Studio course, which collaborated with Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Housing and eighth graders at Western Middle School. Insights from both the faculty and student perspective will be offered

Human Trafficking: Educating the Jury

Theresa C. Hayden, PhD., MSSW: Professor Emeritus / Part Time Department of Criminal Justice and Kent School of Social Work

This presentation will explore the considerations that should be given when working with community partners on a particular project. It will also look at some of the issues involved with working with a community partners and some of the key aspects of community-engaged scholarship.

1:25 - Session 2 Panel Presentations - Room 116

So…You Want To be a Community Engaged Scholar?: Rewards, Benefits, and Opportunity Costs

Armon R. Perry, Ph.D., MSW: Professor & Project Director, Kent School of Social Work

Community engaged scholarship has become increasingly popular in recent years. Consistent with this uptick in interest, there are more opportunities to participate in projects that contribute to this burgeoning literature. Attendees of this presentation will learn about some of the unique rewards and opportunity costs associated with community engaged scholarship

Kentucky Racing Health Services Center, A Faculty Practice

Dr. Dedra Hayden, DNP, APRN-BC, Assistant Professor, Director, Kentucky Racing Health Services Center, School of Nursing

This presentation provides a description of the Kentucky Racing Health Services Center (KRHSC) and its community partner organization, The Kentucky Racing Health and Welfare Fund (KRHWF). KRHSC is staffed and managed with nurse practitioners from the University of Louisville School of Nursing serving backside workers at Churchill Downs. 

Preparing for Partnership

Mary P. Sheridan, Ph.D.: Professor, Department of English, College of Arts & Sciences

Tyra G. Deckard, Graduate Student

Aubrie Cox, Graduate Student

Lauren Fusilier, Graduate Student

Caitlin Burns, Graduate Student

Tobias Lee, Graduate Student

Seeking to engage and interrogate national and local trends to embrace community engagement, this panel will present on the lessons learned in a Fall 2019 graduate seminar on Community Engagement. In this seminar, we examined the histories, theories, and methods of Writing Studies community-engagement practices. We complemented these academic readings with hands-on opportunities to participate in, on a small scale, engaged literacy work with a community partner.

Closing Remarks                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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