Internationally-known scholar, Barbara A. Holland, spent several days on campus last week discussing community engagement with UT faculty, administrators, and community partners.
Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Jr. Day of Service
As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships. The university will be celebrating its status as an engaged institution throughout the coming year by featuring these individual examples in articles that highlight their unique contribution to the community.
This week’s feature from the “Partnerships that Make a Difference” series is the Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Jr. Day of Service.
UT Knoxville and Institute of Agriculture Earn Carnegie-Engaged Designation
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the UT Institute of Agriculture have earned the 2015 Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for collaborating with community partners to address society’s most pressing needs.
The prestigious Carnegie engagement classification recognizes colleges’ and universities’ commitments to strengthening the bond between campus and community. UT joins a group of fifty-two universities with the “very high intensity” research classification and the engaged status designation. Fewer than half of the universities in Carnegie’s “very high intensity” research classification have achieved engaged status.
“Our university is an economic engine and a social change agent in our own backyard and across the globe, “ said UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek. “We are proud to be recognized for our community engagement and outreach, service-learning, experiential learning, and volunteerism. The new Carnegie designation will sharpen our focus on the mutually beneficial partnerships and exchange of knowledge that help improve people’s lives.”
2014-2015 Outreach Incentive Grant Winners
Congratulations to our 2014-15 Outreach Incentive Grant Winners, listed below!
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville provides special project funding for proposals that specifically enhance the engagement mission of the university. UT Outreach Incentive Grants are allocated through a competitive annual process, subject to both academic and community peer review. Learn more about community engagement funding here.
UT Smart Communities Initiative at Work in Cleveland, TN
As part of the University of Tennessee Smart Communities Initiative (SCI), associate professor of design Deborah Shmerler and her students visited with Cleveland, Tennessee community members Monday to discus a branding and marketing plan for the city.
While there, her group – as well as one focused on restoration and renovation projects – gained perspective on what people like about their city and what they hope to change. To this end, students created an online survey and Facebook page for the community’s input.
The SCI is an interdisciplinary program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville which partners faculty and students across campus with one city, county, special district, or other municipal group each year to engage in real-world problem solving aimed at increasing the level of economic viability, environmental sustainability, and social integrity of the region.