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Institute on Community-Engaged Teaching, Research & Scholarship Sessions

Two days of highly-interactive sessions provided a platform for critical dialogue on community-engaged teaching and research, including high impact practices and applied learning. Sessions addressed the role of community engagement in teaching, research, assessment, and professional evaluation in academia. This event was free for Binghamton University faculty, but pre-registration was required. 

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Day One: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ePortfolios: An Alternative Grading Strategy

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Center for Learning and Teaching, Learning Studio

An electronic portfolio is a virtual collection of evidence that shows one's learning over time. By promoting reflective-based learning, ePortfolios kindle the learners' discovery of their tacit skills and knowledge, while simultaneously providing evidence-based documentation of their growth. This session will demonstrate how to create an ePortfolio to assess student learning, including community-based or experiential learning environments. Research to support the use of ePortfolios in learning and teaching will also be provided. Dr. Richard Kiely will speak via WebEx to participants gathered in the Learning Studio at the CLT.

Register online with the Center for Learning and Teaching.

Facilitators: Dr. Richard Kiely ( Director of Engaged Learning + Research, Cornell University), Eric Machan Howd (Instructional Designer, Center for Learning and Teaching)

Engaged Teaching: Designing a Community-Based Learning Experience

1:30 - 2:45 pm

This session will guide faculty, instructors, and graduate students in the process of developing and integrating community-engaged learning experiences into current or new courses. We will explore best practices to: 1) establish learning goals; 2) identify organizations and businesses with which to partner; 3) develop student projects/activities; 4) stimulate deeper student learning and insights; and 5) document and assess outcomes. This session will be especially helpful for those interested and new to applied learningexperiential education, and service-learning. Example syllabi and course projects will be provided. View examples of community-based projects by faculty at Binghamton University.

Facilitator: Dr. Jessica Arends (Faculty Engagement Associate, Center for Civic Engagement) and faculty from across the disciplines with a wide range of experience teaching community engagement

Getting Started on Collaborations with K-12 Schools

1:30 - 2:45 pm

This session will focus on the initial steps University staff, faculty, and students need to take to begin working with local school districts. The discussion will include 1) how to connect with schools, 2) identifying school needs (such as tutoring and mentoring), 3) developing appropriate and viable service activities or projects, and 4) addressing challenges (such as background check requirements, limited transportation, and scheduling). University professional staff, faculty, and students, and area school representatives will highlight successful aspects of current university-school district collaborations, as well as answer specific questions.

Facilitators: Karin Golden (Student, Graduate School of Education), Megan Faughnan (Student, Graduate School of Education), Dr. Erin Washburn (Assistant Professor for Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University)

Panelists: David Gill (Superintendent of Schools, Chenango Valley Central School District); Mary Kay Frys (Superintendent of Schools, Johnson City Central School District); Jason Andrews (Superintendent of Schools, Windsor Central School District); Scott Beattie, (Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Windsor Central School District); Amy Humphrey (Liberty Partnership Program, Binghamton University), Candace Mulcahy (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education), and Luann Kida (Community Schools Director at Broome County Promise Zone)

Community-Engaged Scholarship & Research

3:00 - 4:30 pm

How do faculty at Binghamton University incorporate community issues into their research agendas? How could a student project in the community inform a faculty member's research and scholarship? This session will provide examples of engaged scholarship produced by faculty at Binghamton University such as action research, participatory research, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Venues for presenting or publishing public scholarship will be provided, including peer-reviewed journals and digital media from across the disciplines. This session is for faculty, instructors, and graduate students conducting research in any discipline.

Facilitator: Dr. Allison Alden (Director of Center for Civic Engagement, Binghamton University)

Panelists: Dr. Kristina Lambright (Associate Professor of Public Administration, Binghamton University), Dr. Lisa Blitz (Assistant Professor for Social Work Program, Binghamton University), Dr. Loretta (Lucky) Mason-Williams (Assistant Professor for Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University)

Day Two: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Keynote Speaker: Community-Engaged Teaching, Research and Scholarship: Promising Pathways and Practices

8:30 - 9:40 am

Dr. Richard Kiely, Director of Engaged Learning + Research at Cornell University, will describe four promising pathways for engaging in robust community-engaged teaching, research and scholarship. Drawing from his own teaching and research experience as well as the scholarship in the field, Dr. Kiely will explain how each pathway offers a set of practices that can maximize the benefits of community engaged teaching and research as well as overcome potential pitfalls and challenges.

Challenges & Lessons Learned in Community-Engaged Teaching

9:45 - 10:45 am

The 2014-15 Binghamton University Engaged Faculty Fellows for Teaching Excellence will share the successes and challenges of developing, implementing and assessing community-based learning in the local community. This will include discussion of managing partner expectations, preparing students, and logistics (e.g., aligning projects with the academic calendar). The conversation and shared insights will support those new to the practice and assist more experienced faculty in strengthening their community engagement. Instructors, faculty, and staff interested in community-based teaching will find this session beneficial.

Facilitator: Dr. Tania Alameda-Lawson (Assistant Professor, College of Community and Public Affairs)

Panelists: Dr. Siobhan Hart (Assistant Professor of Anthropology), Dr. Tania Alameda-Lawson (Assistant Professor, College of Community and Public Affairs), Dr. Lina Begdache (Research Assistant Professor, Health and Wellness Studies), Anne Larrivee (Reference Librarian), Dr. Jennifer Stoever (Associate Professor of English), Jennifer Wegmann (Lecturer, Health and Wellness Studies), Dr. Lisa Yun (Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and English)

Meaningful Global Engagement

9:45 - 10:45 am

This session will focus on designing and refining significant intercultural interactions for students. Theoretical frameworks for incorporating high-quality service experiences into study abroad courses and supporting resources will be discussed. International engagement as an ethical response to community needs and distinguishing between concepts such as charity, service, engagement, social change, and "volun-tourism" in immersive experiences abroad will be emphasized. Faculty, instructors, and staff interested in or experienced with courses or programs to engage with cultural or ethnic populations across the globe are encouraged to attend.

Facilitator: Dr. Tom Sinclair (Associate Professor of Public Administration)

Panelists: Dr. Katharine Krebs (Vice-Provost of International Education and Director of International Programs), Dr. Richard Kiely (Director of Engaged Learning + Research, Cornell University), Dr. Susan Appe (Assistant Professor, Public Administration)

Ask the "Engagement Experts"

10:45 - 11:30 am

This open session will allow participants to inquire about specific community engagement questions and hear different perspectives from a panel of experienced faculty. Topics will range widely, based on questions raised and the interests of those in attendance.

Facilitator: Dr. Allison Alden (Director of Center for Civic Engagement, Binghamton University)
Panelists: Dr. Richard Kiely (Director of Engaged Learning + Research, Cornell University), Dr. Surinder Kahai (Associate Professor, School of Management and Center for Leadership Studies Fellow), Dr. Gale Spencer (Distinguished Teaching Professor &
Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing), Dr. Diane Crews (Visiting Assistant Professor, CCPA Human Development), and others TBD

Recognition Ceremony

11:35 am - 12:45 pm

President Stenger will recognize faculty, students, and community members whose innovative projects have created lasting and meaningful community improvement. Faculty with exceptional community-based teaching, research or scholarship will be honored; a student who has created sustainable social change will be awarded the Student Changemaker Recognition; and, a community partner who has collaborated with the University to effect significant change on behalf of others will be recognized.

Binghamton University Expo: The Community-Engaged Campus

12:45 - 1:45 pm

This multi-media event will showcase innovative community-based projects by students, faculty, staff, and community partners. Concrete examples of class projects, international service, research, and student-initiated service that address community needs will be presented. Displays will include creative projects such as: solving the mystery of unidentified public sculptures, after-school physics for grades K-5, community poetry workshops, solving the icing problem at the airport, community schools to support student success, renovating park space, oral histories, "sound walks," and much more. This event is free and open to the public.

Community Engagement and the Promotion and Tenure Process

1:50 - 3:00 pm

This session will explore the relationship between community-engaged faculty work and the promotion and tenure process at Binghamton University. The Provost and three Deans will discuss how engaged teaching, research and scholarship is reflected in faculty tenure and advancement. Examples of engaged scholarship are available on the CCE website as well as resources for addressing engagement in the promotion and tenure process.

Facilitator: Tom Sinclair (Associate Professor of Public Administration)
Presenters: Provost Don Nieman, Dean Laura Bronstein (College of Community and Public Affairs), Dean Beth Burch (Graduate School of Education)

Accessing Resources to Support Community-Engaged Teaching and Research

3:10 - 4:10 pm

This session will explore resources and funding available for engagement, including grant sources, academic conferences, and professional development. We will also explore how community-based teaching and research helps to satisfy criteria for academic funding and interdisciplinary research, such as National Science Foundation grants.

Facilitator: Dr. George Homsy (Assistant Professor of Public Administration)

Panelists: Dr. Mark Zhang (Professor of Computer Science, Binghamton University), Elise Newkirk-Kotfila (Coordinator of Community Relations, SUNY Chancellor's Office), Dr. Dan McCormack (Center for Applied Community Research & Development), Anne Larrivee (Reference Librarian), and others TBD

Closing Session & Next Steps

4:10 – 4:45pm

Join us for a thoughtful exploration on how to continue the engagement dialogue at Binghamton University and on other campuses.

Speakers: Dr. Benita Roth (Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies) Dr. Bill Ziegler (Associate Professor and Director of Binghamton University Scholars Program) Dr. Lisa Yun (Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and English) Dr. Gale Spencer (Distinguished Teaching Professor & Decker Chair in Community Health Nursing), Dr. Allison Alden (Director of Center for Civic Engagement, Binghamton University)

Last Updated: 11/24/15