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Diving Deep: Growing the Field of Civic Engagement Practitioner-Scholars

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This session will be an engaging conversation for current and future civic engagement practitioners, practitioner-scholars, and those who support their work. Attendees will be among the first to …

This session will be an engaging conversation for current and future civic engagement practitioners, practitioner-scholars, and those who support their work. Attendees will be among the first to review and utilize a new publication resource guiding professional development and career advancement for professionals. Attendees will engage in a conversation with a panel about this publication. The discussion will focus on a framework for understanding the competencies needed in the role of community service-learning professional. The session will review four categories, as outlined in the publication: Organizational Manager, Institutional Strategic Leader, Field Contributor, and Community Innovator. In the first half of the session, a panel of practitioners who helped to develop the framework and publication will reflect on their experiences and engage attendees in a discussion of challenges and lessons learned. The second half of the session will allow attendees to utilize this framework in order to think about and plan for their own professional development and the position of their work in the institution and community. Facilitators will lead a process of personal inventory and allow time for discussion and planning of development opportunities for field and career advancement.
Emily Shields
Executive Director
Iowa Campus Compact
Mandi McReynolds
Director of Community Engagement and Service Learning
Drake University

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    • 1. DIVING DEEP Growing the Field of Civic Engagement Practitioner-Scholars
    • 2. Today’s Presenters Facilitators/Editors • Mandi McReynolds, Drake University • Emily Shields, Iowa Campus Compact Authors/Panelists • Maggie Baker, Loras College • Katie Halcrow, Inver Hills Community College • Laurel Hirt, University of Minnesota
    • 3. Today’s Agenda Introductions Background Publication Outline and Elements Practitioners Panel Table of Action Preview Personal Inventory Reflection Discussion and Questions
    • 4. Session Learning Outcomes • Understanding of new professional development resource publication • Understanding the application of the skills and knowledge needed for success in community engagement • Reflection on personal growth and professional development and resources for both • Discussion of the future of the field and supporting practitioner scholarship
    • 5. Introductions Name Title Institution/Organization What is one word you would use to describe your work as a community engagement professional? What is one thing you hope to learn or discuss in this session?
    • 6. Background: Diving Deep Institute • Diving Deep: Campus Compact’s Institute for Experienced Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners • July 9-12, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa, Campus Compact, in partnership with National • 23 service-learning practitioners with at least 5 years experience, 4 facilitators
    • 7. Background: Diving Deep Publication A group of Diving Deep attendees came together to create a publication to help advance the field of service-learning professionals Diving Deep in Community Engagement: A Model for Professional Development Anticipated Release: August 2014
    • 8. Background: Diving Deep Publication Goals of the publication: • Suggest core “competency” areas for professionals • Help guide support and professional development • Move the field forward and encourage practitioner-scholarship • Serve as an example of collaborative practitioner-scholarship
    • 9. Background: Authors • Maggie Baker, Loras College, Iowa • Betsy Banks, Case Western Reserve University, Ohio • Kate DeGraaf, Kellogg Community College, Michigan • Ashley Farmer-Hanson, Buena Vista University, Iowa • Katie Halcrow, Inver Hills Community College, Minnesota • Laurel Hirt, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities • Nancy Mathias, St. Norbert College, Wisconsin
    • 10. Background: Contributors • Heidi Pries, Grand View University, Iowa • Julia Mastronardi Yakovich, University of Connecticut • Julie Plaut, Minnesota Campus Compact • Megan Voorhees, Minnesota
    • 11. Background: Editors • Mandi McReynolds, Drake University, Iowa • Emily Shields, Iowa Campus Compact • Amanda Wittman, Campus Compact
    • 12. Background: Student Involvement • Drake University Copyright Class • Lauren Oliver, Drake University Senior, graphic design student
    • 13. Publication Outline • Introduction and Overarching Concepts • Field Leader Reflections • Framework Areas/Chapters • Case Studies • Reflection Questions • Professional Development Ideas • Table of Action
    • 14. Publication Outline Utilized data and input from all Diving Deep Institute participants on their experiences Overarching Principles • Educator • Reflector • Communicator
    • 15. Publication Outline Community Engagement Professional • Recognition of the establishment of the profession • Focus is placed on the practitioner-scholar intended to enhance leadership and practice in the field of community and civic engagement. • We use the the term interchangeably recognizing the practice may differ among institutions and communities
    • 16. Publication Outline
    • 17. Publication Resources Field Leader Reflections • Barbara Jacoby, Overall Introduction • Randy Stoecker, Community Innovator • Agnieszka Nance, Organizational Management • Tom Schnaubelt, Institutional Strategic Leader • Julie Hatcher, Field Contributor
    • 18. Organizational Manager An Organizational Manager is defined as the person who is highly skilled in assessment, resource development, organizational management, which includes human resources, risk management, and program management.
    • 19. Organizational Manager • Risk Management • Program Assessment and Evaluation • Resource Development • Resource Management
    • 20. Organizational Manager Reflection Questions Novice - What are my current funding sources and how can I leverage them? Intermediate - Which programs are successful and which programs could be advanced with additional funding sources? Advanced - How do I maintain my relationships with donors and foundations? What information do they need to ensure that their donation is worth their investment?
    • 21. Community Innovator A Community Innovator is defined as the role a CSLP serves as the “go to” person skilled in leveraging the human and social capital of an institution of higher education. This is accomplished by building partnerships aimed at pursuing innovative solutions to challenges faced by citizens in a community, dually focused on educating and impacting communities.
    • 22. Community Innovator • Cultural Competency • Community Partnerships • Internal and External Promotion
    • 23. Community Innovator Reflection Questions Novice - Where are the greatest strengths and challenges at my institution in relation to civic building and sustaining campus-community partnerships? Intermediate - How does my institution approach partnerships? In what ways do I want to see my institution transformed by partnerships? Advanced - How do I including community partners as co- educators? Are community partners empowered as co- educators by my institution?
    • 24. Institutional Strategic Leader An Institutional Strategic Leader is defined as the person who provides the vision, knowledge, skills, and relationships to align resources and help the institution achieve its goals for community engagement, living up to its ideals.
    • 25. Institutional Strategic Leader • Strategic Leadership • Faculty Development • Student Development
    • 26. Institutional Strategic Leader Reflection Questions Novice - What personal areas do I need to develop to become a stronger leader? Intermediate - What professional development opportunities do I need to take advantage of to become a stronger leader? Advanced - How do I connect with mentors in the national arena to continue to grow in my profession and contribute to the field?
    • 27. Field Contributor A Field Contributor is defined someone that is able to provide encouragement, mentorship, research, data, consulting, or other aspects that contribute to increasing positive change in the field of civic engagement.
    • 28. Field Contributor • Developing and Promoting Professional Colleagues • Engaged Scholarship and the Scholarship of Engagement • Consulting
    • 29. Field Contributor Reflection Questions Novice - What are ways I can rearrange my time to create space to learn best practices and contribute to the field? Intermediate - What current work or data am I collecting that can contribute to the field? Have I learned any hard lessons from mistakes I have made that others can learn from? Advanced - What work am I doing or research that I can produce in my community or state to promote civic engagement?
    • 30. Case Studies Widener Case Study Example Read and discuss in pairs: • To which of the four frame areas does this case study most closely relate? • Are there ways in which is relates to all of the areas? • What lessons could I draw from this example?
    • 31. Professional Development Resources • 40 online resources • 10 suggested conferences • Over 50 referenced articles and other publications • “Beyond the Typical” suggestions for more experiential development opportunities What resources or strategies have been key to your professional development?
    • 32. Table of Action • Novice • Intermediate • Advanced • Strategies for action and professional development opportunities for each part of the framework
    • 33. Table of Action Organizational Manager Novice Intermediate Advanced Program Assessment and Evaluation Investigate assessment and evaluation and the difference between the two. Conduct post- program and event evaluations. Successfully evaluate comprehensive programming. Obtain knowledge of institutional assessment and evaluation efforts and incorporate engagement efforts Conduct both formative and summative evaluation procedures. Focus on institution-wide assessment and evaluation practices and needs that leverage partnerships and the campus community. Contribute to campus-wide evaluation and assessment efforts and effectively communicate results of engagement activities.
    • 34. Table of Action Community Innovator Novice Intermediate Advanced External/Interna l Promotion Articulate the impact programs, etc have on the community beyond your campus. Assist internal and external audiences in their understanding of the wider implications of civic engagement. Facilitate college faculty and staff understanding of the institution as a partner in the community. Encourage the institution to leverage assets, (i.e. knowledge, talent, facilities, etc.), contributing toward collective impact in the community. Strategically promote campus personnel’s connection to engagement. Gather stakeholders in the community to engage in collective impact around social issues. Tell the positive story of programmatic and curricular impacts.
    • 35. Table of Action Institutional Strategic Leader Novice Intermediate Advanced Faculty Development Understand curriculum development, learning objectives and assessment. Build partnerships and create allies with Chief Academic Officer and key faculty. Support and develop faculty skills in designing service learning courses. Train faculty to incorporate service-learning in their course/s, scholarship, research and disciplines by providing workshops or a campus-wide seminar series. Teach or co-teach service learning course/s. Partner with faculty leaders to enact structures and incentives that institutionalize service-learning such as tenure and promotion, engaged scholarship and community-based research.
    • 36. Table of Action Field Contributor Novice Intermediate Advanced Engaged Scholarship and the Scholarship of Engagement Learn the language and differences between various types of scholarship. Read journals and other literature in the field. Participate in national conversations with NASPA, AAC&U, Campus Compact. Assist in developing institutional assessment of programs. Be a proposal reviewer for a conference. Host a conference. Author or co-author an article for publication. Initiate and edit a collection of practitioner written scholarship of engagement stories from the field.
    • 37. Practitioners Panel What is one question you have about this publication, this field, practitioner-scholarship, or your own professional development? Jot your (brief) question on scratch paper.
    • 38. Personal Inventory Reflection Use the personal inventory to reflect on your own work and professional development. Share insights and questions at your table.
    • 39. Final Questions and Discussion • Which of the described framework areas do you find most challenging in your own work? • How would you use a resource like this on your campus? • How can the field of service-learning and civic engagement support practitioner-scholarship? • What resources have you used most to support your own professional development? Other questions and comments?

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