Pre-Conference Workshops

Outreach & Engagement Staff Workshop

Sunday October 5th 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm & Monday October 6th 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel. Registration is $75.

The OESW is designed for university staff and non-tenure-track faculty members who, in roles distinct from those of tenure-track faculty, facilitate and manage ongoing projects, programs, services, research and relationships with community partners. These professionals span the boundaries between campus and community and have an emerging professional identity and a unique set of strengths and challenges that will be addressed in this workshop. Because of the overlap in roles, skills and values, "boundary spanners" who facilitate community-university partnerships on behalf of community organizations are also welcome to attend.

This preconference workshop will:

  • engage participants in exploring the common roles, skills and values of successful community-university boundary spanners;
  • deliver tools and resources for addressing key challenges;
  • provide a venue for practitioners to establish visibility and a voice in the field of community-university partnerships; and
  • strengthen intercampus engagement networks for learning, resource sharing, problem solving and collaboration.

For more information contact Katherine Loving at  or (608) 263-5714.


Community Service-Learning Workshop

Monday October 6th 8:15 am to 4:30 pm at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. Registration is $55 for Community Members & Students and $100 for Faculty & Staff

The University of Alberta Community Service-Learning (CSL) Program is hosting a “Community Service-Learning and Change” Pre-Conference on October 6th, 2014, in conjunction with the Engaged Scholarship Conference to be held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on October 7-8, 2014. This is an opportunity for the CSL community, including students, instructors, administrators and community partners, and community organizations to collaborate and connect around shared issues. 

Learn about and discuss:

  • The contributions of CSL to community-engaged scholarship
  • The challenges and growing pains of CSL as it tries to find its place in the post-secondary education landscape
  • The benefits of CSL and how to do it well, and
  • What’s next for CSL?

This is an opportunity to dialogue, meet new people, learn about different programs, and connect with potential partners.


Building the World We Dream About: The Pedagogical Challenges of Constructive Social Engagement Workshop

Monday October 6th 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at the CKUA Building. Registration is $50. Lunch is not included. 

At this conference we have a rare opportunity. We can bring further catalytic power to the transformative work that we, and others, are already doing as scholars, activists and teachers, by bringing practitioners of engaged scholarship together to explore the relationship between our work and a third wave of progressive political engagement.  This third wave has been emerging for twenty years in the realms of education, business and impact driven non-profit management.

In this interactive workshop we will:

  • Explore the contours of this burgeoning global social movement – who is involved and where.
  • Put this movement in the context of the history and theory of social change. 
  • Explore more deeply its three definitive characteristics. This is a movement committed to engagement, innovation and impact:  engagement with formerly and currently marginalized communities; innovation –  the search for creative and constructive solutions to problems; impact – rigorous in the construction of context appropriate assessment measures that emerge from continuous engagement with diverse publics and that leads to ongoing accountability, revision and creation of new forms of action.
  • Address core questions about this movement: How is this movement similar to, and different from, other social movements of the 20th century?

How do we learn from the work of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation commission about examples in the past in which movements intended for social good caused instead great harm? How do we know that we are not replicating the mission schools in the United States and Canada that caused such great harm to First Nations peoples? What concrete measures do we have in place to make sure that our efforts reflect genuinely mutually beneficial community partnerships, and not the imposition of one construct of the social good on less powerful groups?


Advancing Community-Engaged Scholarship Workshop

Monday October 6th 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. Registration is free. 

Co-sponsored by the Canadian Community-Engaged Scholarship Partnership, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health & CES4Health

Increasingly, universities are addressing the complex issues we face here in Canada and around the world by engaging with key stakeholders outside of the academy. This engagement often takes the form of mutually beneficial partnerships that produce and apply knowledge.  For the faculty involved, this means applying their expertise to real-world problems and collaborating with peers in other sectors who also bring their knowledge and wisdom to the table — a practice known as community-engaged scholarship (CES). For most universities, however, the incentives and supports needed for faculty to engage in this way are not in place across the campus. In particular, the system in place at most universities for faculty career advancement (promotion, tenure and faculty development) has not kept pace with changing faculty roles.

The goal of this workshop is to connect scholars, professional staff, academic administrators and community partners with knowledge, tools, resources and relationships that can help them to advance community-engaged scholarship in their work and in their institutions by both leveraging existing systems and working toward transformational change.  We encourage the participation of institutional teams as well as individuals attending on their own. 

Participants will learn about strategies and resources for:

  • Communicating about community-engaged scholarship in ways that resonate with key stakeholder groups and engenders their support
  • Documenting community-engaged scholarship and making a compelling case for it in the promotion and tenure process
  • Revising promotion and tenure policies and practices to recognize and reward community-engaged scholarship
  • Publishing and disseminating “conventional” scholarly products (e.g., journal manuscripts) and innovative products (e.g., videos, digital stories, policy reports)
  • Supporting the development of community-engaged scholars through formal and informal mechanisms (e.g., courses, communities of practice, mentoring programs)
  • Creating a campus culture that fosters community engagement and community-engaged scholarship, including strategic practices and institutional structures