Engaging Departments: Moving Faculty Culture From Private to Public, Individual to Collective Focus for the Common Good (Jossey-Bass Resources for Department Chairs)

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While the importance of service-learning and engaged campuses has gained broad recognition in recent years, the infrastructure for enabling such deep academic and civic engagement has yet to emerge. The authors of this book embrace the call for such institutional renewal and provide the critical guidance needed for leaders in higher education who are serious about building genuinely engaged campuses.

Engaging Departments fills an important niche in the literature on institutional engagement and advances the National Campus Compact agenda to create engaged departments. Representing a range of disciplines and institutional types—including two-year and four-year, public and private, comprehensive and research—this work features case studies of 11 departments and their journeys to engagement. The book presents readers with transferable steps and strategies, key factors that helped move civic engagement from the individual faculty level to the collective departmental level, an analysis of successes and barriers, and visions for the future. Also outlined are engagement efforts at the institutional and state levels.

Written for department chairs, faculty, and faculty developers, this book offers approaches to support and sustain the building of engaged departments and invites readers to contemplate and refresh their visions for the relevancy of their disciplines in the 21st century.

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This book fills an important niche in the literature on institutional engagement and advances the National Campus Compact agenda to create engaged departments. Representing a range of disciplines—art, Chicana and Chicano studies, communication, educational psychology and counseling, English, geology, nursing, social work, sociology and anthropology—and institution types—two-year and four-year, public and private, comprehensive and research—the heart of this work features 11 departments and their journeys to engagement, focusing on transferable steps and strategies, key factors that helped move civic engagement from the individual faculty level to the collective departmental level, successes and barriers, and future visions. Also outlined are engagement efforts at the institutional and state system levels.

Written for department chairs, faculty, and faculty developers, this book offers approaches to support and sustain the building of engaged departments and invites readers to contemplate and refresh their visions for the relevancy of their disciplines in the 21st century.

Content include:

  • A broad persective of civic engagement
  • Departmental context, assessment, and research
  • National exemplars of departmental approaches
  • Meta-level strategies
  • An emerging vision

About the Author:

Kevin Kecskes is director of community-University Partnerships at Portland State University (PSU). Since 2002, Kevin has been charged with helping campus and community constituents live the university motto: "Let Knowledge Serve the City." From 1997-2002, Kevin was director of service-learning at Washington Campus Compact and program director of the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium. He served three years in leadership and program development positions with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Kevin cofounded the Boston College International Volunteer Program and spent 12 years working, serving, and studying in the developing world, primarily in Latin America and Asia. He has run his own small business and has taught in both secondary and higher education. Kevin studies biology, philosophy, education, and public administration and policy at Boston College, Harvard University, and Portland State University. His recent publications focus on the nexus between cultural theory and community-campus partnerships, ethics and community-based research, faculty and institutional development for civic engagement, student leadership development, and service-learning impacts on community partners. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two children.

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