The next issue of Diversity & Democracy is now available

Entitled Publicly Engaged Scholarship and Teaching, the next issue of Diversity & Democracy is now available. Here, the levers for and barriers to faculty and student participation in publicly engaged scholarship and teaching, particularly in the arts, humanities, and design fields are examined. Published in partnership between AAC&U and Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, the issue showcases best practices for advancing publicly engaged scholarship through classroom and community collaborations, tenure and promotion policies, and higher education leadership.

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td-net’s Toolbox for Co-producing Knowledge

The td-net’s toolbox features selected methods for jointly producing knowledge across different academic and non-academic fields of expertise. The purpose of the toolbox is to help inter- and transdisciplinary researchers finding the adequate (mix of) methods for addressing the challenges of co-producing knowledge that they face. For that purpose, td-net provides a series of short method profiles, complemented by information on further reading and reports on how the method is being applied. Some methods in the toolbox are storywall, most significant change, and actor constellation. To learn more, please click here!

*note: You can navigate in English by selecting “EN” at the top of the web page, and by the left menu.

Research to Reality- Tools of the Trade: Putting Public Health Evidence in Action

This year, the 5th Anniversary of the NCI Research to Reality community of practice. R2R was developed to engage researchers and practitioners in an ongoing discussion around moving cancer control research into practice.  R2R will only be partially successful if R2R fails to build capacity for others to join this essential conversation. R2R is delighted therefore that the February cyber-seminar will introduce a newly released curriculum designed to train community program planners and health educators to locate, select, adapt and implement evidence-based strategies into practice.

Putting Public Health Evidence in Action is Health is an interactive seven-module training curriculum developed by the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN).  CPCRN is a network of eight centers that receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute.  The training curriculum is intended for public health practitioners, state and local health department staff, health educators, healthcare providers, community advocates, academic/research faculty and staff, faith-based leaders, and other members of community-based organizations.

Drs. Jennifer Leeman and Cam Escoffery will introduce the curriculum and how you might adapt and use it to train your staff, students, and community partners.  Following their presentations, we will host a robust, interactive discussion with you about your experiences building the capacity of others to move evidence-based programs and policies into practice.




Jennifer Leeman, DrPH, MDIV
Assistant Professor, UNC School of Nursing
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
CPCRN Position: Principal Investigator

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES
Assistant Professor, Emory University
Rollins School of Public Health
CPCRN Position: Co-Investigator

When: Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

Register Now!

Please click on the following link for more information and to register for this event:

Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the toll free number, web URL, and participant passcode.  This cyber-seminar will be archived on the Research to Reality (R2R) web site at approximately one week following the presentation.

Cyber-Seminar Archive

If you have missed any of the previous cyber-seminars, you can view them all on the R2R Archive.  Watch the presentations, and join in the discussions.

For more information on the cyber-seminar series please email

Pursuing Excellence in Collaborative Community-Campus Research – 2014 National Summit

Taken from the Center for Community Based Research website:

The Centre for Community Based Research together with Community- Based Research Canada organized a National Summit on Collaborative Community-Campus Research. This event was held on November 3 and 4, 2014 in Waterloo, Ontario and brought together over 60 leaders of community-based research from academia and community. Summit objectives included:

  • Sharing examples of CBR
  • Building consensus on indicators of CBR excellence
  • Discussing the establishment of Hubs of Excellence across Canada, each addressing topics of societal change
  • Mobilizing National Summit learnings

To find out more about what happened at the Summit, check out the AGENDA, KEYNOTE ADDRESSES, PICTURES, and PARTICIPANT BIOS.
More information is also available about the PUBLIC GALA EVENT and the STUDENT FORUM.

Technique of the Week #5: Face to Face

In today’s fast paced environment, an emphasis is placed on finding the best tools to connect with others and increase productivity. Meetings are now often held between individuals in different parts of the world by means of on-line or telephone connectivity. With advances in technology aimed at artificially bringing people closer together, traditional and simpler means to connect with others often get overlooked. Naturally, face to face interactions occur when two or more individuals physically interact with one another in the same general vicinity. Although this sort of KM technique may seem so obvious that it hardly warrants a write up, there are several important and useful characteristics associated with Face to Face interactions that should be outlined.

Resources, time, and skill

Like many KM techniques, Face to Face meetings depend largely on the individual implementing such a technique. Interpersonal skills such as building rapport, having charisma, and general speaking are just some of the skills required in order to successfully implement a face to face interaction.

Key considerations

Given the personal level of interaction associated with speaking with someone directly, there are many benefits associated with face to face interactions. Research has shown that situations that require coordination, consensus, timing and persuasion are best addressed using face to face interactions. Also, face to face meetings have been shown to provide the best outcomes when important business contracts are in play, when interviews for job positions need to be conducted and when the absorption and retention of information is needed.

The take away

Although many types of techniques for connecting with others are at your disposal, traditional methods of interaction like face to face interactions are often the best way to accomplish specific tasks. However, the extent to which someone is successful in implementing such a strategy often depends on the person themselves. Interpersonal skills lie at the heart of any human interactions; better “people skills” often translates to better face to face meetings and associated opportunities.

Other resources

The following is a list of other resources and services related to face to face interactions that you may be interested in:

Liz Weaver’s lessons learned in campus community partnerships

Volunteer Canada recognizes Liz Weaver for her contributions to volunteerism in Canada at the Healthy, Resilient Communities Conference May 2014.

Volunteer Canada recognizes Liz Weaver for her contributions to volunteerism in Canada at the Healthy, Resilient Communities Conference May 2014.

Campus community research partnerships are exciting and challenging, says Liz Weaver, Vice-President of Tamarack. For the last three years, Liz also co-led the poverty reduction hub of Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement, or CFICE.

Under her co-leadership, the hub researched big issues in poverty, including living wage, the stigma of poverty and access to post-secondary education. Now, Liz is leaving CFICE to take on a new role at Tamarak, directing its Learning Centre.

All at CFICE would like to thank Liz for her wonderful work with the poverty hub, and congratulate her on her new position.

“I particularly appreciated the way Liz promoted CFICE, her generosity sharing her knowledge, and her commitment to improving the infrastructure for community campus partners to progress together towards a more just and equitable society,” says Geri Briggs, co-manager of CFICE and director of the Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning.

“Liz really understood the pressures and goals of campuses, while being deeply rooted in the community. That meant she was able to effectively translate the needs of campuses to community groups and facilitate strong relationships,” says Karen Schwartz, Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Affairs, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University. “Liz is a great problem solver – she’s very clear-thinking and gets to the root of an issue right away,” adds Schwartz.

Liz Weaver shared her parting insights on working in campus community partnerships:

  • “A lot of this work is based on fragile relationships, because people come and go,” Liz explains. “You have to dive deeper than just one-to-one connections and create resilient relationships that span broader communities.”
  • Academics and students tend to work on an eight-month calendar, which presents challenges for community organizations that work year-round, she says. “There’s also more bureaucracy within large institutions like universities, so we have to figure out how to navigate the system,” she adds.
  • More than anything, it’s challenging for stakeholders to carve out the time for campus-community partnerships. “Everybody does this off the side of their desks, and despite best intentions, these partnerships often compete with all of our other priorities,” says Liz.
  • It’s also critical to realize that campus and community have different goals, says Liz. Campus partners emphasize teaching, learning and discussion, while community partners focus on engagement and policy change.  “They aren’t necessarily competing; they can be complementary agendas,” says Liz. “But they are different agendas, and it’s vital to recognize those differences and find the mutuality of purpose.”
  • Moving forward, Liz sees a trend in community work, with more activity at the cross-community level, as opposed to individual program and services.  “In many communities, we reinvent the wheel over and over and over again. So, Tamarack is trying to figure out strategies for the co-generation of knowledge for social change,” she says. Liz believes campus-community partnerships are an intriguing opportunity to research the systematic issues in poverty and key identify barriers.

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop

A Preconference Event of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annual Conference

This intensive professional development program provides 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. Participation in the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (EESW) is limited and interested applicants must be nominated to be considered for this workshop. Visit: for more information.