This website reflects the work of JMU's Civic Engagement Task Force. The Provost, Dr. Douglas Brown, created it in September 2008 in response to nationwide efforts to promote "engagement" as a goal of higher education. Even the prestigious Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is on board with this project; among its better-known classifications, it now includes an elective "Community Engagement" option, and a quick look at its website reveals a wide array of articles pertaining to civic and political engagement. At JMU, where the institution's mission statement clearly refers to students as "citizens," many different individuals, programs, and units have joined the cause, yet there is no communication and coordination among them and no way to identify and recognize their curricular activities. The specific charge of the Task Force was to consider ways of addressing these needs, and to ascertain JMU's institutional position on civic engagement.
Its members included one appointed representative from each of the following areas:
Ad hoc members were Dr. Kay Knickrehm, Associate Dean, CAL/CPIA; Dr. Kathleen Ferriolo, Department of Political Science; Dr. Cara Meixner, Center for Faculty Innovation; and Dr. CJ Brodrick-Hartman, Director ISNW.
Contact: Questions may be directed to the Task Force's chair, Dr. Meg Mulrooney, Associate Dean, University Studies and Associate Professor of History at (540)568-8179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.