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November 30, 2011

An Update from the Office for Public Engagement: A Community-Campus Network Event

Community-Campus Network presents:
Documenting Outcomes in Extension: 100 + Years of Engagement
Diana Martenson and Dick Senese

December 7, 12-1:30 in 12 Morrill Hall
(for a map, go to http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/MorH/)
RSVP to axtel002@umn.edu

Please join us for all of our Network meetings this year, 12:00-1:30 on the following days:

January 4: Program Evaluation Example 2: How UROC Documents Outcomes
February 1: Program Evaluation Example 3: Long-term Impact of CURA Projects on Faculty, Students, and Community Partners
March7: Program Evaluation Example 4: Building Community Connections in CFANS
April 4: Recommendations from the Public Engagement Metrics Committee (PEMC)
May 2: Aligning Your Program's Metrics with PEMC

OLPD 5080: Public Engagement and Higher Education

Spring 2012 Class: Public Engagement and Higher Education

OLPD 5080: Sec 005
Course #58339
3 credits
Instructor: Professor Andrew Furco
Associate Vice President for Public Engagement


This course is designed to introduce students to the study and practice of public engagement in higher education. Students consider the civic roles of post-secondary education institutions both past and present. Special attention is paid to contemporary philosophies and practices of engagement, and how engagement is expressed in various institutional contexts. Students participate in an engagement audit for a local higher education institution in which they assess the campus's level of public engagement institutionalization. This course is designed for both practitioners and scholars who seek to deepen their understandings about the ways in which institutions might become more productively involved with communities they serve.

November 16, 2011

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows

Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows
Application Instructions for 2012-2013

Preliminary applications to the IAS due: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Applicants for the Graduate School's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship are required to include a letter of support from the center or institute's director in their application. In order to be considered for a letter of support from the IAS, you must submit an application directly to the IAS by January 18, 2012.

Your application should consist of the entire application packet required by the Graduate School, minus the letter of support from the IAS director, as follows:

1) The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship application form (available at
2) A three-page statement (double-spaced, 12 point type, margins not less than one inch), written by the student, that:
* describes the proposed interdisciplinary research or scholarly project
* explains how the student's scholarship will benefit from residence at the IAS
3) The student's c.v. that includes documentation of the student's involvement in, or contributions to, research, scholarly or creative activities.
4) Letter(s) of support from the faculty member(s) at the selected research center or institute with whom the student plans to study.
5) A letter of support from the student's academic adviser/co-advisers.
6) A letter of support from the Director of Graduate Studies of the student's major program.
7) Transcripts from each college or university attended.
8) An up-to-date copy of the official degree program form, if the student has filed it.

Applications must be submitted via email. Submit all of the above as a SINGLE attached PDF to ias@umn.edu by midnight Wednesday, January 18, 2011. Please include "Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship" in the subject line.

The IAS will make its review and notify applicants of decisions by January 27. The IAS will supply a completed PDF application, including the letter of support from IAS Director Ann Waltner, to successful applicants in advance of the Graduate School's February 1 deadline.

For questions, please contact Susannah Smith: slsmith@umn.edu

Rethinking the Role of Higher Education in Society: Implications for Higher Education Policy

Rethinking the Role of Higher Education in Society: Implications for Higher Education Policy
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Saturday, December 3rd
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
https://umconnect.umn.edu/jcdec3event/ (No registration is required)

What is the role of higher education in a flourishing democracy? What are the implications for public policy and higher education? Join Mitch Pearlstein, Harry Boyte, and higher education graduate students at the University of Minnesota to address these important questions.

Mitch Pearlstein is Founder and President of Center of the American Experiment, a nonpartisan, tax-exempt, public policy and educational institution that brings conservative and free market ideas to bear on problems facing Minnesota and the nation. Pearlstein served in the U.S. Department of Education during the Reagan administration.

Harry Boyte is Senior Fellow at the U of M Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Co-Director for the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College. Boyte is founder of Public Achievement, a theory-based practice of citizen organizing to do public work that is used in schools, universities, and communities across the US and in more than a dozen countries.

For more information contact Brynja Gudjonsson at gudjo002@umn.edu.

Community-based Interventions for Adolescent Obesity: A Family Affiar and Paha Sapa Play it Forward

Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series presents:

"Community-based Interventions for Adolescent Obesity: A Family Affair and Paha Sapa Play it Forward"

On Wednesday, November 30, the Powell Center for Women's Health, The Center for Leadership Education in Maternal & Child Public Health, and the School of Nursing will host the November Interdisciplinary Women's Health Lecture Series. The lecture will take place from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Moos Tower room 2-530 and refreshments will be provided. For directions to Moos Tower, please visit http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/MoosT/.

This month's lecture is "Community-based Interventions for Adolescent Obesity: A Family Affair and Paha Sapa Play it Forward". The lecture will be led by Daheia Barr-Anderson, PhD, MSPH, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development and Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the Medical School. Paha Sapa Play it Forward is a community-based participatory research study that engages community members and researchers as partners in addressing adolescent obesity. A Family Affair is a community- and home-based physical activity and healthy eating program for African American adolescent girls and their mothers that includes an 8-week long intensive phase and a 6-month long maintenance phase. Details regarding the program development, implementation, and evaluation, including lessons learned and next steps, will be discussed in this presentation.

For more information, contact the Powell Center at wmhealth@umn.edu or 612-626-1125.

November 2, 2011

Engaged Department Grant Program

* Call for Proposals available October 28th at http://engagement.umn.edu
* Applications due by 5:00 PM Friday, December 9, 2011

Sponsored by the Office for Public Engagement (OPE), the Engagement Department Grant Program supports departmental or academic program teams that wish to develop or strengthen research­-focused or teaching-focused university/community engagement initiatives for faculty and/or students. The purpose of this initiative is to advance the institutionalization of public engagement at the University of Minnesota by furthering the integration of public engagement into the programmatic features of academic departments. The program was established in 2008 and has involved 21 engaged departments over the last three rounds of funding. (Visit http://engagement.umn.edu/university/awards_grants/grant_program.html for a list of the University's engaged departments).

In this fourth round of programming (2012-2013), grants up to $6,000 will be awarded to eight department teams from any of the University's five campuses. Each team will engage in an 18-month cohort program in which its members will work to plan, establish, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives that advance the integration of public engagement into the departments' research and teaching programs. Departmental teams can also apply for an additional $1,500 if the focus of their engagement work is on one of the following issues: Transportation; UMore Park; Intercultural Competence Development, Urban Issues, or K-12 Education.

The Engaged Department Grant Program Request for Proposals will be available at http://engagement.umn.edu/university/awards_grants/grant_program.html beginning October 27, 2011. Proposals are due by 5:00 PM Friday, December 9, 2011. For more information about the program, contact Kate Kent at kent0082@umn.edu.

The Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and Life Sciences presents a Request for Proposals

The Consortium provides funding for intramural projects related to the societal implications of problems in health, environment, and the life sciences. This year, two types of grants will be awarded:

* UMN graduate and professional students are provided a stipend for research and writing and funding for research supplies or funding for a program or colloquia for the upcoming summer and/or academic year. Student organizations may apply for these grants. One award will be designated for a Joint Degree Program applicant. $55,364 is available for these grants with a maximum award of $10,000.

* Consortium member centers and graduate or professional programs or departments participating in the Joint Degree Program in Law, Health & the Life Sciences are funded for research, projects, or colloquia for the upcoming academic year and/or following summer. $52,250 is available for these grants with a maximum award of $26,125. In the event that an appropriate applications is not submitted, these funds will be returned to the general pool.

Proposals are due Monday, February 13, 2012

For more information visit the Consortium's website.