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The Digest E-Newsletter - July 2016
NC Campus Compact News & Events
Announcing the 2016-17 Engaged Faculty Scholars

Commins (L) and Kozma (R)
Dr. Margaret Commins, an associate professor of political science at Queens University of Charlotte, and Dr. Cara Kozma, an assistant professor of English at High Point University, have been named North Carolina Campus Compact's Engaged Faculty Scholars for the 2016 - 2017 academic year.
In this role, both Commins and Kozma will lead a project to deepen the scholarship of campus-community engagement at their own institution, and they will serve as consultants to another campus in the network seeking to expand academic service-learning.
At Queens, Dr. Commins will support fellow faculty members as they integrate service learning or civic engagement components to align with the university's new general education curriculum, "Queens Advantage." At High Point University, Dr. Kozma will research how students' socioeconomic background may impact learning gains in SL courses. 

Spring Edition of Partnerships now available!

The latest issue of NC Campus Compact's 
peer-reviewed, online journal offers a wealth of resources for new and seasoned service-learning faculty and staff. The articles provide insight into community partner needs, faculty dispositions necessary for successful programming, and ways to address food insecurity on our campuses through community partnerships. In addition, this issue features four book reviews that cover a large swath of topics suitable for faculty development as well as student learning. Partnerships is free and available online.

Partnerships accepts manuscripts on a rolling basis. The journal is hosted by UNC Greensboro and edited by UNCG's Spoma Jovanovic.

RSVP by July 18 to attend August Network Meetings 
(Member schools only)

Our network meetings are for civic/community engagement administrators (staff and faculty) at NC Campus Compact member schools. These meetings include a morning professional development session, lunch, and afternoon sharing of member campus highlights and NC Campus Compact updates. Attendance is free but please RSVP!

For the August 2016 network meetings, the PD topic is "Creating a Strong Civic Action Plan." As part of Campus Compact's 30th anniversary, more than 400 member presidents (including 25 in NC) signed the Action Statement, committing their schools to producing a Campus Civic Action Plan in the coming year. This session is relevant for all institutions, even if your President did not sign the Action Statement. 

  • Tuesday, August 2 @ Davidson College, Davidson, NC
  • Thursday, August 4 @ UNC Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
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Election Engagement Corner

Through November, our Digest will feature election engagement resources and reminders:
News from the NC Network

Spotlight on: Service Year 
Higher Education Institutions in the Region Continue to Embrace Service Year

Virginia is the first state in the nation where the higher education community has come together to commit to integrating service years on their campuses. First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe recently hosted college presidents from across the state for a special celebration thanking them for their commitment to this initiative. More than 50 higher education institutions, including all Virginia public colleges and community colleges, have signed on to Virginia's "Compact on National Service." Each of these institutions have committed to service year support tactics, including:
  • Creating service year opportunities for undergraduate/graduate students
  • Linking service years to academic credit
  • Valuing and encouraging service years through admissions, and more! 

North Carolina
Elon University continues to expand it's Service Year programming. Check out the recent Independence Day editorial from Dr. Leo Lambert, Elon University President, "Celebrating America by Serving America."

Quick Links
National Campus Compact News
Campus Compact President Andrew Seligsohn reflects on Orlando shooting

To the members of the Campus Compact network:
The murderous attack on members of the LGBTQ community in Orlando was so shocking and horrifying that it was difficult for many of us to know what to say or do. At Campus Compact, we have all experienced the sadness and anger shared by people across the country and beyond. We have also reflected on how this event relates to our mission.


NC Campus Compact member institutions will start this discussion during the August Network Meetings (see above), but national Campus Compact is hosting three fall Civic Action Planning Institutes throughout the country to provide planning teams with inspiration, information, and time to share resources and ideas for leveraging existing campus infrastructure for engagement and for boldly exploring new areas and opportunities for impact.


Campus Compact member institutions whose president or chancellor has signed the Campus Compact 30th Anniversary Action Statement are eligible to attend (it's never too late to sign!). They are seeking three-person teams that include at least one senior academic administrator and one faculty member or administrator directly responsible for civic engagement and learning.

There is no registration fee. Institutions are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.

September 18-19, 2016
Co-hosted by ETS
ETS Chauncey Center & Hotel, Princeton, NJ
(special focus on integrating high-quality assessment of student civic learning and development into Campus Civic Action Plans)

October 19-20, 2016
Co-hosted by University of San Diego
University of San Diego, CA

Final institute TBA soon!
State & National Community Engagement Events (2016)
Visit the National Civic Engagement Calendar for a complete listing.

NC Campus Compact Summer Network Meetings
August 2 - Davidson College
August 4 - UNC Wilmington

CSNAP Student Conference
November 11-12, UNC Asheville

Calls for Proposals and Submissions
The Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education (SCALE) 
Read.Write.Act. virtual conference 
"Literacy as a Tool for Personal and Social Transformation"
November 4-5, 2016
Proposal deadline: July 15  

AAC&U 2017 Annual Meeting
"Building Public Trust in the Promise of Liberal Education and Inclusive Excellence"
January 25-28, 2017, San Francisco, CA
Proposal deadline: July 22

Special Issue of PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America
"Digital Engagements - When the Virtual Gets Real" 
One-page proposals currently being accepted at  iapublic@syr.edu 
Full submission deadline: February 1
For this special issue of PUBLIC, artists, activists, designers, and scholars are invited to explore the potential of digital technologies and practices to inspire creative, interactive, collaborative work for public engagement and the pursuit of social justice. The issue asks how engagement--the affective and embodied knowledges people gain in their everyday lives--can animate our virtual lives.
FOR STUDENTS: Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships
Deadline: July 15
The U.N. Young Leaders Initiative will convene young change-makers who are working to help end poverty, combat climate change and reduce inequality. Successful candidates will collaborate with the UN and partners to help accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and engage young people in their realization. The program will recognize 17 outstanding young people ages 18-30. The "Class of 2016" will be announced ahead of the UN General Assembly in September.  

Virtual Student Foreign Service
Apply by: July 22
VSFS is the largest virtual internship program in the world. U.S. students contribute about 10 hours a week to their government, doing real work and gaining real experience in the process. Federal colleagues from across government submitted projects with more than 900 openings for U.S. college students. This amazing array of projects from 30 agencies is now available for students to review. Between July 2-22, U.S. college students can logon to USAJOBS.gov and apply to their top three projects.
FOR FACULTY/STAFF: Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships
Deadline: February 28, 2017 

The Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies at DePaul University invites proposals for research focused on the impact of service learning on students, faculty, community partners, and/or one or more higher education institutions in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. The goal of the fellowship is to advance research on the impact of academic service learning in Chicago while supporting early career faculty and/or doctoral students in the United States. 

The research must focus either on analysis of existing data or the collecting of new data as well as be collaboratively developed with a Chicago higher education institution and/or community partner(s) where appropriate (e.g., research on a service learning course one is teaching may need no university or community partner). A one-week residency in Chicago at the beginning of the Fellowship as well as a one-week residency in Chicago at the end of the Fellowship will be underwritten by this Fellowship to ensure a successful research project, dissemination of the findings, and engaging with stakeholders, all in the service of extending the career development benefits for the Fellow.
Grants and Funding Opportunities
For colleges/universities and your non-profit partners
Deadline: August 21
Scope: The program offers organizations the funding, official designation, capacity-building training, and ongoing consultancy to lead high-impact, high-visibility youth service activities and celebration events for Global Youth Service Day (April 21-23, 2017).

Deadline: September 9
Scope: $15,000 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. 

Scopre: For non-profit orgs that address issues of social and economic justice. The maximum grant amount is $15,000; however, most grants range between $6,000 and $8,000. 
Job Openings in the NC Campus Compact Network

This full-time, twelve-month position is primarily responsible for implementing, guiding, and assessing Wingate's new sophomore, curricular, community engagement seminar which includes domestic travel (our QEP initiative). The Director will also design, develop, and support a wide range of community-engaged learning programs by performing the following duties, among others: (1) collaborating with faculty to develop relationships with local, regional, and national community partners; (2) organize faculty development workshops on community-engaged teaching and learning; (3) oversee the University's application for Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

The position will include the opportunity to teach academic courses. The Director will report to the Dean of Academic Enrichment Programs.

Master's Degree required. Previous work in the classroom and administrative experience with faculty and community partners is preferred.

Salaries and benefit packages at Wingate are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Please send a letter of interest, resume/CV, and names and contact information of three references to Marisa Ciesluk at mciesluk@wingate.edu. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
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NC Campus Compact today!

"....I don't think we are any clearer about how to change America -
and the strategies that seemed to make sense in 1985
may now be obsolete."

~ Peter Levine making the case for why the 30 year old higher education community engagement movement needs a theory for social change (Read the full blog post here.)
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