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Office of Engagement

Office of Engagement

The Center for Engagement and Community Development has undergone a reimagining process with stakeholders from across Kansas State University. This group was led by Dr. Tim Steffensmeier, professor and director of the interdisciplinary leadership communication doctoral program and Dr. Gregg Hadley, associate professor, director of Extension, and director of CECD. 

The group submitted its report (PDF) in the spring 2021. Acting on its recommendation, Provost Taber established an Office of Engagement within the provost's office, specifically in the Staley School of Leadership Studies. The Office of Engagement will catalyze and bolster engaged scholarship and teaching across Kansas State University.   

An academic unit that serves the university and reports to the provost, the Staley School has a proven record of incubating and growing successful academic programs and community partnerships. Its organizational culture of collaborating with colleges, other campus units and community stakeholders in service learning and engaged work positions the Staley School well to advance the vision for engagement set out in K-State 2025 Theme Four: Engagement, Extension, Outreach, and Service to "be a national leader and model for a re-invented and transformed public research land-grant university integrating research, education, and engagement." See full announcement

Who to contact

Effective Nov. 28, 2021, Tim Steffensmeier has been named interim director of the office.

For questions related to the Office of Engagement email ooengage@ksu.edu.  

For questions related to the  Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, email icdd@ksu.edu

For questions related to the Rural Grocery Initiative, email rgi@ksu.edu.

K-State's definition of engagement

"Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."

Engagement should include:

  • Shared partnerships between university and non-university stakeholders
  • Collaborative work
  • Work that addresses some community need, goal, or dream
  • Work that is mutually beneficial to all parties in the relationship
  • The creation and sharing of new knowledge