Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop

The Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (EESW) is a preconference event of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference, focused on supporting early-career engaged scholars. This intensive professional development workshop provides competitively selected advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community-engaged scholarship. Sessions in the workshop often include building an engagement dossier, peer discussion of community-engaged research proposals, and mentoring from nationally established scholars in the field, along with networking events throughout the conference.

The first workshop was co-developed and facilitated by doctoral students, including Angela Allen, a graduate research assistant with the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, and Tami Moore, who was studying at Washington State University at the time. As community practitioners who chose to pursue doctoral degrees, they talked about the need for students in graduate programs to connect their community practitioner and community engagement experiences with academic research and mentoring. These conversations led to convening a twelve-member national planning committee to develop the first Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2007.

Initially funded by MSU's University Outreach and Engagement (UOE) through the National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement, the EESW has become a signature program of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, which continues to offer it annually. NCSUE and UOE leaders, including Hiram Fitzgerald, Burton Bargerstock, and Laurie Van Egeren, provided direct support to the Workshop during its early years. Diane Doberneck currently participates on the EESW planning committee and also teaches and mentors scholars in the Workshop.

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