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The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) will welcome Dr. Timothy K. Eatman and Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara to the University of Richmond this December to engage our campus community in a series of workshops related to defining and valuing community-engaged faculty activity. All University of Richmond faculty and staff from across the five schools are invited to attend and encouraged to register by November 26. 

Speakers

Eatman and O'MearaTimothy K. Eatman, Ph.D., an educational sociologist and publicly engaged scholar, serves as the inaugural dean of the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) and associate professor in the department of Urban Education at Rutgers University - Newark. Eatman has earned local, national, and international recognition for his leadership in advancing understandings about the multi-faceted impact of publicly engaged scholarship in the university of the 21st century. 


KerryAnn O'Meara is associate dean for faculty affairs and graduate studies in the College of Education and professor of higher education and director of the ADVANCE Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. O'Meara's research examines organizational practices that support or limit the full participation of diverse faculty and the legitimacy of diverse scholarship in the academy with an eye toward changing those practices to be more inclusive, equitable, and agency-enhancing for all faculty. 



Workshops

Valuing Community-Engaged Faculty Work
Workshop available at two different times
Thursday, December 6, 2:30-4:00 p.m., Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 305
Friday, December 7, 9-10:30 a.m., Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 321


It is commonplace for universities to say they foster inclusive excellence and support diverse forms of scholarship. However, the rubber hits the road in academic reward systems. Too many institutions maintain narrow definitions of scholarship, criteria, metrics of impact, and systems of peer review that disregard, and devalue community-engaged faculty work and exclude the critical work of faculty. This presentation and discussion will focus on the challenges engaged scholars and teachers face, and how their work might be better recognized and rewarded.

Leading Equity-Minded Reform of Academic Workloads

Offered in collaboration with the Office of the Provost
Friday, December 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 321

Academic leaders and faculty can shape better, fairer workloads for their faculty. In this session, KerryAnn O’Meara will share findings from the NSF-funded Faculty Workload and Rewards Project wherein academic departments adopted new policies and practices and experienced greater faculty satisfaction with workload fairness. Lunch will be provided.

Strategies for Generative Faculty Development: Faculty as Co-Learners
Friday, December 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tyler Haynes Commons, Room 321

Drawing on the principles of publicly engaged scholarship, which challenges us to rethink notions of knowledge creation, community, and scholarly products, this interactive workshop will create space for reflection and discussion about how faculty development can best equip faculty with the necessary tools to navigate their work and to operate as knowledgeable and effective agents within the institutions they serve. Participants will also explore the power of story as an important dimension of developing faculty learning communities. 

Key Terms

The CCE recently circulated draft definitions of community-engaged faculty work, and the terms can be reviewed here.