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October 30, 2018

Office of the Provost announces 2018-2019 Civic Engagement Fellows

Submitted by David Procter

In collaboration with the Kettering Foundation and the Office of the Provost, K-State's Center for Engagement and Community Development and K-State's Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy announce the 2018-2019 cohort of the Civic Engagement Fellows.

Fellows include LaBarbara Wigfall, associate professor of landscape architecture and regional & community planning; Laura Kanost, associate professor of Spanish; Marlin Bates, Douglas County extension director; Michi Tobler, associate professor of biology; Greg Stephens, associate professor and option coordinator at K-State Polytechnic; Linda Duke, director of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art; Aliah Mestrovich Seay, instructor of 4-H youth development; Julie Pentz, associate professor of dance; Colene Lind, assistant professor of communication studies; and Mithila Jugulam, associate professor of agronomy.

The Civic Engagement Fellows program is an invited professional development and peer-learning opportunity for faculty and staff interested in community-engaged scholarship and deliberative practices.

The Civic Engagement Fellows are spending the fall semester exploring ways faculty and communities generate, exchange, and apply mutually beneficial and socially useful knowledge and practices developed through active partnerships between the academy and the community. The Civic Engagement Fellows are working to build a community of practice around community-engaged scholarship, to strengthen faculty and staff's understanding of and commitment to deliberation practices within community-engaged scholarship, and to create faculty cohorts who might more effectively build campus/community partnerships and address significant campus and community challenges.

During the spring semester, the Civic Engagement Fellows will present community-engaged scholarship at the annual K-State Engagement Symposium. This year, the symposium will explore community engagement around the topic of the "Art of Democracy."

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