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Take a look at these opportunities to present your work at conferences or attend to learn more about engagement in a specific area; apply for awards, grants and fellowships; and publish.

Are you attending an engagement-related conference or have you received an award or grant? We want to hear about it!

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Awards and Grants

Here are a few events coming up in the next few weeks. Visit the calendar for award and grant deadlines for the entire year!

Active Citizens Conference

Join students, faculty and community leaders coming together to learn about the best practices for impacting community and mobilizing social change. February 17 at the College of William and Mary. 

Call for Proposals: National Association of Communication Center's Excellence at the Center Conference

In addition to traditional NACC conference attendees from communication centers and speaking labs, we encourage participants, entries, and attendance from writing centers, multimodal centers, supplemental instruction, science and math learning centers, other tutoring services, and other higher education or community professionals interested in engagement. Hosted at JMU this year! Deadline for proposals February 18. 

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference Excellence Award

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium supports and encourages excellence in engaged scholarship through its awards and recognitions programs. The ESC Excellence Awards Program recognizes higher education institutions and their exemplary contributions to scholarship and practice of engaged scholarship. Nomination deadline March 1. 

Call for Proposals: IMAGINE Social Good Student Conference

The opportunity to present at #IMAGINE18 is limited to students. All students – whether middle school, high school, undergraduate or graduate – are invited to submit an application to present. All project proposals within the social good, social justice and social entrepreneur space are welcome – regardless of their implementation stage. Proposal submission deadline March 2. 

Opportunities for Students

JMU Office of Prestigious Scholarships works with students to apply for nationally competitive awards such as Fulbright, Rhodes, Truman, Gilman, the NSF-GRFP, and many others. Fellowship opportunities exist to support study abroad, research, graduate school, and postgraduate internship/employment. The office is seeking faculty to both participate in internal selection and review processes and to connect noteworthy students with the office.

Please contact Kurt Davies for more information.

JMU Graduate School Travel Grants

Participation in professional conferences, meetings and creative competitions is critical to graduate students’ professional development. The Graduate School is pleased to offer a competitive travel grant program that provides support for graduate students to share their scholarly and creative work with their professional communities.

Deadlines annually in September, January, March

Conferences and Events

Here are a few events coming up in the next few weeks. Visit the calendar for conferences and events for the entire year! 

SAVE THE DATE: Engagement for the Public Good Conference
JMU's first national engagement conference, to be held in the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center.
November 7-9, 2018
Visit for updates.

AAC&U Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy: The Inconvenient Truths
March 22-24, 2018
San DiegoCA 

Campus Compact National Conference
March 25-28, 2018
Indianapolis, Indiana

Campus Compact Gulf South Summit
April 4-6, 2018
Birmingham, Alabama 

Campus Compact for Virginia
Ongoing Events

The Office of Strategic Planning and Engagement at JMU would love to know of conferences at which you have presented or attended. Let us know about them through our online form:

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Organizations and Publications

Here are a few regional, national, and international organizations and publications that are good resources to support engagement.

AAC&U News
Insights and campus innovations in liberal education. 

American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
AASCU  is a Washington-based  higher education association of nearly 420 public colleges, universities and systems whose members share a learning and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions' economic  progress and cultural development. 

American Democracy Project (ADP)
The American Democracy Project (ADP) is an initiative of AASCU campuses that seeks to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of civic engagement for undergraduates enrolled at institutions that are members of AASCU. 

AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at 21,600 unique sites including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 1 million AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.4 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing more than 2.3 million volunteers for the organizations they serve. 

Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises nearly 1,400 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities, and comprehensive universities of every type and size. 

Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. 

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement             
The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement prepares students for lives of purpose and connects student, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders in social change efforts that value the knowledge and potential in our communities. 

Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1,000+ colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education. We build democracy through civic education and community development. 

Civic Engagement Education and Assessment
The new SCHEV policy on quality and assessment of undergraduate education (currently being finalized) includes civic engagement as a core competency that institutions will be expected to assess. On Friday, June 9, 2017, SCHEV and the College of William & Mary teamed up to host a meeting about how institutions can respond to this new expectation. We hoped participants would leave with a clearer understanding of what the policy entails, and learn about various approaches to defining, teaching, and assessing civic engagement. 

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Network
Since the release of A Crucible Moment, AAC&U has convened a group of 13 national organizations called the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network to coordinate with one another and use the breadth of their national outreach to serve the larger communities of practice and advance A Crucible Moment's ambitious agenda. This reflects AAC&U's ongoing commitment to help all students achieve the essential outcomes of a 21st century liberal education, including personal and social responsibility—an important cornerstone of essential learning outcomes, reflecting a consensus by colleges and universities. 

Colonial Academic Alliance
Initially founded to academically link the member institutions of the Colonial Athletic Association, the Alliance has supported undergraduate research, innovative teaching, leadership development, and student success for more than a decade. By leveraging the strengths of each institution, the Alliance can build programs that no one college or university could undertake on its own. 

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)      
We are the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that helps millions of Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, we tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation. 

The Democracy Commitment    
The Democracy Commitment (TDC) is a non-partisan national organization dedicated to advancing civic engagement and democracy in America’s Community Colleges.  We strive to make democratic skills more available to all community college students who desire a voice and a seat at the table of local, state, and national discourse and action. To such end, TDC provides a platform for the development and expansion of community college programs, projects, and curricula aimed at engaging students in civic and democratic education and engagement.   

The Engaged Scholar      
The Engaged Scholar Magazine focuses on collaborative partnerships between Michigan State University and its external constituents—partnerships forged for mutual benefit and learning, with an emphasis on research.    

The Engagement Exchange         
The Engagement Exchange provides faculty leaders and administrators with timely, relevant information to assist them in strengthening outreach and engagement activities on their own campuses.       

Engagement Scholarship Consortium
The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educational organization, is composed of higher education member institutions, a mix of state-public and private institutions. Our goal is to work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity. 

Indiana Campus Compact
We advance the public purpose of colleges and universities by deepening their abilityto improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. 

International Association for Research on Service-Learning & Community Engagement
The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. The IARSLCE was launched in 2005, and incorporated in 2007. 

Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
The Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship (JCES) is a peer-reviewed international journal through which faculty, staff, students, and community partners disseminate scholarly works. JCES integrates teaching, research, and community engagement in all disciplines, addressing critical problems identified through a community-participatory process. 

Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE)
The mission of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE) is to serve as the premier peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities. 

National Academy of Inventors (NAI)     
The NAI was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhancethe visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.      

National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement (NCSUE) 
The National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement (NCSUE) strives to be a preeminent innovator within the scholarly movement of engagement in higher education. NCSUE deepens the study of and discussion about two key principles—engaged scholarship and the scholarship of engagement—to inform and advance the national agenda.       

National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC)         The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) is dedicated to strengthening civic life in America. We pursue our mission through a nationwide network of partners involved in a cutting-edge civic health initiative, our cross-sector conferences and engagement with a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations interested in utilizing civic engagement principles and practices to enhance their work.  Connecting people for the purpose of strengthening civic life is our goal.  At the core of our joint efforts is the belief that every person has the ability to help their community and country thrive.   

National Endowment for the Humanities              
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. 

National Study of Student Engagement (NSSE)   
Through its student survey, The College Student Report, NSSE annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about first-year and senior students' participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college.       

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)            
NASPAA's twofold mission is to ensure excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service.        

New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE)    
The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) is committed to collaborative change processes in higher education to address social justice in a diverse democracy. 

Service Year Alliance
Service Year Alliance is an organization relentlessly pursuing a bold vision — making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans as a way to tackle important challenges while transforming their own lives. 

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)        
NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities.

Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University    
We connect students, faculty and partners for "service to the community, nation and world" through community engagement, engaged scholarship, and social innovation. We cultivate collaboration across our field through the College & University Engagement Initiative.      

The Washington Center
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization serving hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has 90 full-time staff and more than 50,000 alumni, many of whom are in leadership positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.      

VA Engage          
VA Engage is a collection of universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia that are dedicated to their surrounding communities through many different community partnerships. VA Engage connects these universities’ community engagement offices in order to spread new and beneficial ideas and resources to raise campus-community ties throughout the Commonwealth. 

VA Engage Journal          
The Mission of the VA Engage Journal is to build our collective practical and intellectual capacities for meaningful community engagement by providing a forum in which students enrolled in colleges and universities across Virginia can share and reflect critically on their own community-engaged experiences, and can disseminate knowledge emerging from their engaged practice and research.        

VA Engage Listserv         
The VA Engage ListServ is hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University. The listserv is a place for sharing resources, having discussions, posting questions and advancing engagement within Virginia’s higher education institutions. 

Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OVCS)
The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OVCS), within the Virginia Department of Social Services, is the lead agency for volunteerism and service for the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

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