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JMU is pleased to present Engagement for the Public Good – a conference for faculty, administrators, engagement professionals, students, and community members. Collaborate with peers to share strategies, research, and best practices relating to civic learning and partnering with communities on and off campus. Join us at the brand-new Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center for exciting keynote speakers, multiple learning tracks, and abundant networking opportunities.

Registration is at full capacity and we are unable to accept new registrations online or on-site.

Schedule At-a-Glance

Wednesday, November 7, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Campus Compact Pre-Conference*
*Separate registration required. Link will open in new window.

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.      Registration Check-In
6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.      Reception

Thursday, November 8, 2018
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.      Registration / Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.      Conference
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.      Reception

Friday, November 9, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.    Conference

Draft Sessions Schedule

Welcome to Engagement for the Public Good

Dear Colleagues,

At James Madison University (JMU), engagement is our passion.  In fact, it’s the heartbeat of our vision—to become the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

As we plan for our November 2018 conference, Engagement for the Public Good, we’re focusing on why engagement is so important in higher education.  At JMU, we focus on three particular facets of engagement:  engaged learning, community engagement, and civic engagement.  We recognize that there is plenty of overlap between the three.  We also realize that not all engagement-related work fits neatly into one of these categories.  While we know that definitions are necessary, we focus our understanding of the concept of engagement by emphasizing community and individual relationships as the center of our mission and role as an engaged university.  Faculty-student relationships, relationships with the local and global community, and partnerships that foster deep and purposeful learning are the focus of our vision.

During the conference, we invite you to:

  • Collaborate with peers to share strategies, research, and best practices relating to civic learning and partnering with communities on and off campus;
  • Gain foundational knowledge in the field of engagement, i.e. service-learning, civic discourse, assessment, etc.;
  • Discover strategies for sustaining and enhancing engagement on your campus;
  • Share ideas on involving undergraduate and graduate students in civic and service learning.


This conference will provide prestigious speakers, a presidents’ panel, workshops, roundtable discussions, a poster session, and an interactive general session with multiple speakers.

The conference will cover the following themes:

  • Principles of Partnerships
  • Engagement in Context
  • Sustaining Engagement
  • Research and Assessment


The conference will be held at the beautiful, brand-new Hotel Madison and Conference Center—a place that caters to your needs, welcoming you with the perfect blend of southern hospitality and modern luxury.

We hope you’ll join us for a deeply enriching experience in the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.

Sincerely,

President Alger

Jonathan Alger
President
James Madison University

Carol Fleming

Carol Fleming
Assistant Dean, Outreach & Engagement
James Madison University

Speakers

Tim Shaffer (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies; Assistant Director, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, Kansas State University; and Research Associate, Kettering Foundation)
Jen Domagal-Goldman (Associate Director, ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge)
Verdis Robinson (Director of Community College Engagement, Campus Compact)

Equipping graduates with the knowledge, skills, and experiences needed for the democracy we want.


Timothy K. Eatman (Dean, Honors Living-Learning Community; Associate Professor, Urban Education, Rutgers University - Newark)

Publicly engaged scholarship in diverse communities.


Julie Hatcher (Executive Director, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning; Associate Professor, Philanthropic Studies, IUPUI)

Building a robust institutional infrastructure for sustained community engagement.


Patti Clayton (Associate Editor, Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning; Consultant, PHC Ventures)

Developing meaningful community partnerships.

Accommodations

The 2018 Engagement for the Public Good conference will be held November 7 - 9 at the Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Rate: $139.50/night
Group Code: EPG18

book now

Rooms are subject to availability. Book your room by October 8 to receive the special conference rate.

Directions to Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center

From the North
Drive Interstate 81 South. Take the 245 exit, Port Republic Road off I-81. At the light, turn right onto Port Republic Road. At the second light, turn right onto South Main Street. In a half mile, Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center will be on your right.

From the South
Drive Interstate 81 South. Take the 245 exit, Port Republic Road off I-81. At the light, turn left onto Port Republic Road. At the third light, turn right onto South Main Street. In a half mile, Hotel Madison and Shenandoah Valley Conference Center will be on your right.

From the East or West
Take Route 33 to Interstate 81 South. Follow "From the North" directions (listed above).

Distance to Airport
Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (13 Mi)
Albermarle (47 Mi)
Roanoke Regional Airport (98 Mi)
Washington Dulles International (119 Mi)
Reagan Washington National (133 Mi)
Richmond International Airport (137 Mi)

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Thank you to our Engagement Advocates

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