Provost’s Council for Engagement
The Provost’s Council for Engagement is committed to identifying, promoting and advancing engaged scholarship at CSU for the shared benefit of faculty, students and communities.
Consistent with this mission, Council members are leading specific initiatives for transformative and systemic impact in four key areas:
Telling the story
This work is focused on generating widespread awareness of the value of engagement in informing and enriching CSU’s research, teaching and service missions as a land-grant and Research 1 institution. The Council seeks to educate and inspire both campus and community through showcasing the diverse and impactful work of CSU faculty and staff, in partnership and reciprocity with the communities they serve.
Council achievements to date include:
- A series of monthly spotlights profiling Council members, their engaged scholarship and goals for their involvement
- A campus climate survey of a random sample of engaged faculty and staff to establish a baseline against which to measure Council effectiveness and prioritize areas where CSU can grow and improve its support of engaged scholarship
- A series of campus forums with academic leadership to build awareness of the Council and its mission, seek input on Council activities and stimulate continued conversation and attention toward enhancing support for engaged scholarship
In 2018-19, the Council plans to share survey findings with campus and host further conversations with individual departments and small faculty/staff groups to support and advance Council initiatives.
Rewarding the work
This work strives to identify and facilitate opportunities to better recognize and reward diverse forms of engagement, not as a separate activity but as a particular approach for achieving teaching, research and service outcomes.
Council achievements to date include:
- The introduction of language in the Standard Offer Letter for Academic Faculty Appointments, inviting faculty to seek opportunities to engage as part of their teaching and creative activity toward fulfilling CSU’s land-grant mission
- The addition of new fields in the Digital Measures Faculty and Staff Activity System (FSAS) to enable improved understanding and self-reporting of engaged scholarship
- The launch of the CSU Community Engagement Scholarship Awards program, to be conferred annually in recognition of exemplary engaged scholarship by CSU faculty or academic staff members and their community partner(s).
In 2018-19, the Council will continue its efforts to ensure that engaged scholarship is accurately and comprehensively represented in institutional documents, policies and processes impacting faculty and staff activities and rewards.
Building faculty capacity
This work is focused on identifying and providing needed training, resources, services and opportunities for faculty interested in engaged scholarship.
In April 2018, the Council hosted a spring luncheon convening university leadership and nominees for the inaugural CSU Community Engagement Scholarship Awards in an effort to better understand and prioritize areas of support for engaged scholars.
In 2018-19, the Council will host networking opportunities for engaged scholars across CSU and explore the potential for communities of practice at the campus and college level. The Council is also exploring collaborations with campus partners to develop and deliver training workshops for faculty and staff.
This work supports Council missions of promoting and rewarding university engagement by identifying and defining diverse and meaningful metrics for evaluating its impact for university and community stakeholders.
Council is in the final stages of refining a “Continuum of Engagement” framework to identify the breadth of engaged research, teaching and service activities moving from outreach to co-creation, while offering a model to individual faculty and departments for documenting progress, demonstrating impact and evaluating performance.
In 2018-19, the Council plans to introduce this model in support of department-level conversations aimed at improving support and rewards for engaged scholarship.