Perspectives on Developing Engaged Scholars Workshop

Perspectives on Developing Engaged Scholars Workshop

Saturday, October 1, 2011 | 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Price: $50


  • Scholars responsible for faculty development at their institution
  • Leaders considering building capacity for engaged scholarship at their institution
  • Leaders and scholars interested in the scholarship of engagement, institutional practices, and institutional change


This workshop is intended to provide perspectives on developing engaged scholars by illustrating competencies of engaged scholars and institutions that support engaged scholarship, covering issues of professional identity, skills, culture, structure, and supportive practice for scholars. A number of professional development models will be shared, including program outcomes and success stories, including comparisons of instructional/programmatic objectives, adult learning theory, and content. Participants will explore nine key recommendations for best practices in professional development for engaged scholars.

Topics that will be covered include: review of selected literature, developmental models for emerging scholars, experienced faculty and administrative leaders, competencies for engaged scholarship, and frameworks for organizing and developing professional development programs.

Participants and workshop faculty will use a variety of small group techniques to explore challenges and opportunities related to such issues as creating learning communities, program evaluation, funding, strengthening faculty culture, technology and social networking, and increasing the scholarship about professional development for engaged scholars.

Learning objectives:

Participants will leave the workshop knowing or understanding:

  • Resources for accessing the current, relevant literature related to professional development of engaged scholars
  • The major organizations offering professional development and different models and frameworks for use in developing institution-specific programming
  • Lessons learned by a variety of scholars and practitioners
  • Evidence of successful programs
  • The need for future research and a network of colleagues or researchers working in this area


Jeri Childers, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Convener)
Diane M. Doberneck, Michigan State University
Beth Velde, East Carolina University
Lynn Blanchard, University of North Carolina
Jim Woodell, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' (APLU) Transformational Regional Engagement Toolkit