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Carnegie task force announced

UD task force to reach out regarding Community Engagement Classification


11:20 a.m., Sept. 13, 2013--A special task force has been formed at the University of Delaware to gather and organize information as UD prepares to apply for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching – Community Engagement Classification.

With materials due to the foundation in April 2014, the task force will begin reaching out to many constituencies on and off campus this month.

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A goal of the task force is to refine UD’s model of an “Engaged University,” one of six milestones in the Path to Prominence strategic plan, for the application.

“Among the University of Delaware’s greatest strengths is its long tradition of public service,” said UD President Patrick Harker. “As the largest university in a nationally and internationally important state, we have the opportunity to work closely with public and nonprofit organizations in Delaware, the region and across the globe, applying research and human talent to address pressing social and civic issues while preparing our students as educated, engaged citizens.”

Lynnette Overby, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, will chair the task force, Harker and Provost Domenico Grasso announced. 

“Prof. Overby has a deep commitment to community research and service, and I am delighted that she has accepted leadership of this important University-wide effort,” said Grasso. “The process for preparing an application for Carnegie Engaged University classification will be a productive way for UD to review its commitment to community engagement and consider how well our policies, procedures and curricular offerings align with our aspirations.”

Unlike the Carnegie Foundation’s other classifications that rely on national data, this is an elective classification. Institutions choose to participate by submitting required documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagements with the community. As part of the data-gathering effort, the task force will invite UD faculty and staff to respond to a survey about their public service activities in the near future. 

The following faculty, staff and community representatives are serving on the task force:

Avron Abraham – Center for Academic Success and University Studies

Kate Adams – Residence Life and Housing

Ann Ardis – College of Arts and Sciences

Tracey Bryant – Office of Communications and Marketing

Joan Buttram – College of Education and Human Development

Iain Crawford  – Department of English

Edward Freel – Institute for Public Administration

Deborah Hayes – Office of Communications and Marketing

Amy Johnson – Institute for Global Studies

James Jones – Center for the Study of Diversity

John Jungck – Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories

Heather Kelly – Office of Institutional Research

Bill Latham – Department of Economics

Ken Lewis – Department of Economics

Jennifer Merrill – College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Jennifer Naccarelli – Department of Women and Gender Studies

Lynnette Overby – Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, chair 

Steve Peuquet – Center for Community Research and Service

Kathy Pusecker – Office of Educational Assessment

Carolyn Quinci – College of Health Sciences

Dan Reyes – Community Representative – Food Bank of Delaware

Dan Rich – School of Public Policy and Administration

Jeff Rivell – Office of Admissions

Michelle Rodgers – College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Rob Rudd – Office of University Development

Sue Serra – Office of Service Learning

Janine Sherrier – College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Judy Smith – Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning

Michael Vaughan – College of Engineering

April Veness – Department of Geography

Catherine Wojewodzki – University Library




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