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Academic Community Engagement Development Series


  1. TUESDAY, February 13TH, 2024 | 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

    Service-Learning and STEM

    The National Science Foundation recognizes service-learning as a "high impact practice," and numerous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) faculty enhance their courses by incorporating community experiences through service-learning. In the realm of higher education, what does service learning entail? How does its implementation within STEM disciplines contribute positively to student success, encompassing academic achievement, career development, and civic engagement? These inquiries and more will be explored in our upcoming virtual session. Expect a rich exchange of examples, resources, and best practices.


    • William Oakes, Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning, Director of EPICS, and Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University

    • Celine Fitzmaurice , Assistant Teaching Professor and Faculty Support Facilitator, Portland State University

    • Miriam Leary , Associate Professor, School of Medicine, West Virginia University


    • Kevin Orner , Assistant Professor - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, West Virginia University 

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  2. TUESDAY, March 5th, 2024 | 9:30 - 10:20 a.m.

    A Life of Purpose and Service

    This virtual Academic Community Engagement seminar is for any community partner, practitioner, or scholar whose work involves community engagement and collaboration.  Participants will have the unique opportunity to hear from accomplished individuals about the transformative potential of service and collaboration. Attendees will gain practical strategies for fostering connections, amplifying impact, and discovering personal and collective purpose.



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  3. Thursday, March 21st, 2024 | 9:30 A.m. - 10:20 A.M.

    What do we mean by "Civic Engagement"?

    Civic engagement entails citizens actively taking part in community life to improve conditions or shape the community's future. Join our upcoming session as we delve into the shifting dynamics of civic involvement across various age groups and explore strategies to foster meaningful engagement on and off our campus. This thought-provoking exploration of civic participation will offer best practices and resources to enhance your understanding and implementation. Join us for an enriching discussion on cultivating active citizenship in our community.  


    • Shaniqua Williams, Assistant Professor - Department of Political Science, West Virginia University

    • Mason Arbogast , Civic Engagement Coordinator, West Virginia University

    • James Kotcon , Associate Professor - Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, West Virginia University


    • Cheyenne Luzynski, Associate Professor - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University

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  4. Thursday, april 11th, 2024 | 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM 

    Placed-Based Approaches for Thriving Communities

    A place-based approach is about understanding the issues, interconnections and relationships in a place and coordinating action and investment to improve the quality of life alongside that community.  Join this virtual session where community-engaged scholars are invited to explore the responsible integration of perspectives, principles, and people within the communities we serve. This session promises to be a valuable exchange of examples, resources, and best practices.


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