Center for Engagement and Community Development
By engagement, we mean:
"The partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values, and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."
Association of Public and Land Grant Universities
White Paper on Engagement, 2011
Professor Debra Bolton, Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist, said there is one goal that every U.S. family has in common. “Families want the American Dream,” said Bolton.
The problem, said Bolton, is that there are many families who “don’t always know the process for getting there.” That’s where “Reaching New Audiences in 4-H”, Bolton’s Engagement Incentive project, comes in. Read more here.
Gregory Paul, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, partnered with Thea Nietfeld, a restorative justice practitioner who works for the Salina Initiative for Restorative Justice (SIRJ) for an engagement incentive grant project. Together, they created the Community Engagement for Restorative Justice in Manhattan, KS to employ a method of restorative justice within the Manhattan community that is designed to change the way people view the justice system. Compared to the cost to incarcerate in juvenile jail, it costs less per person per year to house a juvenile offender in residential youth facilities. Read more here.
Although U.S. women are currently leading the way in terms of higher education, a 2015 National Science Foundation report found a lack of representation in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors. “While women receive over half of bachelor’s degrees awarded in the biological sciences, they receive far fewer in the computer sciences, engineering, physics, and mathematics and statistics,” said the National Girls Collaborative Project. Read more here.
The Office of the Provost and the Center for Engagement and Community Development announced the recipients of the 2015 Engagement Incentive Grant Program. Established in 2006, Engagement Incentive Grants act as seed grants. They encourage K-State Research and Extension specialists, agents, and faculty to do engaged research, teaching and service. Read more here.
Dean of the College of Education Debbie Mercer is no stranger to the fact that the first few years of teaching are a challenge. Nationally, half of all new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. Those who stick around are key. The top predictor of K-12 student success is teacher effectiveness. To address both of these crucial issues, Mercer announced the creation of the Office of Innovation & Collaboration. Read more here.
K-State offers a variety of programs that provide opportunities to learn about and reflect upon engaged scholarship through research, teaching and outreach. The Center for Engagement and Community Development and the Staley School of Leadership Studies have designed a brown bag engagement series to promote professional development and enhance the student engagement experience. These professional development sessions are designed for faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. The sessions will highlight the concept of university-community engagement, help faculty think about developing community-based research and engagement skills, and provide foundational training for the next generation of engaged scholars. Read more here.
David Dowell’s vision extends far beyond the walls of El Dorado Inc., a Kansas City, Mo. architecture firm. He employs his form of engaged teaching in the fifth-year architecture studio at K-State. Most recently, the studio he led, “Making a Mark”, was awarded the Kremer Prize for outstanding collaborative design achievements. Read the full story here.
Professor Michael Gibson was awarded the new Treanor Architects Faculty Award for his fifth-year architecture studio entitled "Curtain Wall Studio: Innovation in Curtain Wall Assembly Systems." The studio focused on increasing the efficiency of the curtain wall system. This system is something Gibson said is common to commercial architecture, and is easy to take for granted. Read more here.
Technology, the Economy, and the Workplace
- Patents. K-State patents, corporate patent sites, country patent databases, federal patent resources, fee-based patent resources, and more.
- Technology Development. Development resources at K-State including the Commercialization Leadership Council, K-State Research Foundation, Advanced Manufacturing Institute, and more.
- Technology Transfer. Technology transfer office at K-State, other universities, the state of Kansas, and more.
- Business Development. Resources available to Kansas, including KTEC, Wichita State Center for Entrepreneurship, Kauffman eVenturing and more.