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Center for Engagement and Community Development

Engagement at K-State Reimagined 

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.

Members of the engagement planning group (noted below) began their work in the summer of 2020 and submitted their concept proposal in May of 2021. More details will become available in the coming months about the future of engagement efforts of Kansas State University. Sincere thanks to the members of the planning group for their work.

For questions related to the Center for Engagement and Community Development, email cecd@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.




Gregg Hadley (convener)

Director for Extension

Tim Steffensmeier (convener)

Professor, School of Leadership Studies

Katie Kingery-Page 

Associate Dean & Associate Professor, Office of Student & Academic Services

Bronwyn Fees 

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, School of Family Studies and Human Services

Timothy Shaffer 

Director, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy and Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Marlin Bates 

Douglas County Extension Director

Trudy Rice 

Program Leader Coordinator for Extension Community Vitality

Londa Nwadike 

Extension Associate Professor, Cooperative Extension Administration

Chad Jackson 

Director, Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management 

Carol Sevin

Academic Services Librarian, Hale Library

Center for Engagement and Community Development - Temporary Office Closure

Due to COVID-19, Kansas State University plans limited operations status through the end of the semester, based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly. If you need to contact the Center for Engagement and Community Development, please email cecd@ksu.edu.  We will respond promptly to that email.

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."

"The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and 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."

Carnegie Foundation

Carnegie Foundation Endorses K-State for Community Engagement

The Carnegie Foundation today named Kansas State University as one of 119 U.S. colleges and universities to receive the 2020 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for the university's commitment to community engagement. K-State is one of 75 institutions to be reclassified by the Carnegie Foundation this year.  Read the K-State Today article. 

Engagement Benchmarking Tool

To track university engagement, an online survey of faculty and academic staff regarding their scholarly outreach and engagement was developed. Data collected through the K-State EBT demonstrate the university's collective commitment of time, scholarly resources, and research discoveries for the direct benefit of citizens, communities, and organizations in Kansas and communities worldwide. The EBT is a tool that benchmarks the university's progress toward Theme 4 of K-State's Vision 2025 plan, gathers data for re-accreditation of Carnegie's community engagement classification, and provides data used for reporting to the Kansas Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission.