The College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is a member of Imagining America, a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to strengthening public scholarship and practice in the role of the arts, humanities, and design.
- How can civic professionalism help protect the transformative role of civic engagement in the liberal arts while also demonstrating the relevance to a skills-oriented public and student body?
- How can civic professionalism help faculty teach students to use a critical lens in order to recognize the consequences of innovation and entrepreneurship in their future careers?
- In light of the pressure to move toward workforce development, how can higher education institutions facilitate, value, and commit to the public purposes of education?
Seminar Organizers: Brigitta Brunner-Johnson, Auburn University; Ana M. López, Tulane University;Ryan McBride, Tulane University; Agnieszka Nance, Tulane University; Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University
Participants will be encouraged to submit brief (one- or two-page) case studies. Each case study should attempt to describe a particular initiative aimed at producing a campus culture shift that you were involved in on your campus. It might also be helpful to include excerpts from critical documents associated with your initiative, such as strategic plans, mission statements, promotion and tenure review policies, program descriptions, or even brochures from admissions, development, or public service support centers. Of course, these artifacts are not the same as culture change – the real story will be your description of the cultural shift that led to their adoption and that continue shape how they are applied.
- How exactly have students, faculty and administration initiated campus-wide cultural shifts towards stronger engagement with the wider community?
- What sorts of concrete steps and programs have been most successful at changing campus cultures?
- How can those who are interested in catalyzing campus change benefit from the network of IA colleagues that we are building with this seminar?
June 20-22, 2014 (weekend organizing institute); June 23-27, 2014 (cultural organizing intensive)
Contact: Kevin Bott
In anticipation of the 2104 national conference, Imagining America and Emory University will host a three-day institute that will use grassroots and cultural organizing strategies to begin telling a “story of us” and “story of now” related to higher education and civic engagement. Immediately following the weekend institute, IA Associate Director and grassroots theater scholar/practitioner, Dr. Kevin Bott, and scholar and organizer, Dr. Maria Avila, will lead a five-day process of transforming the data derived during the institute into a participatory performance to be shared at the 2014 national conference.
Note: Weekend attendees are invited to participate in the five-day performance workshop for a nominal fee.
Contact: Dudley Cocke
Appalshop is one of the nation’s flagship organizations working at the intersection of community organizing, the arts and public humanities, and community development. It will host a five-day institute about how its theory of change and methodologies could be used to help realize the democratic purposes of higher education.
Exciting News from Imagining America
Announcement from Jan Cohen-Cruz, Director, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life:
I am pleased to inform you that your institution is one of six Imagining America members to directly benefit from a proposal that has just received a $150,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation, and was generated through the collaboration of the following individuals:
- Co-PIs Amy Koritz at Drew University and Paul Schadewald at Macalester College;
- Brigitta R. Brunner and Giovanna Summerfield, Auburn University;
- Darby K. Ray, Millsaps College;
- Catherine Gerard, Syracuse University; and
- Robin Bachin, University of Miami.
The project focuses on Civic Professionalism as a roadmap for transforming educational practice through a dual focus on faculty work and student learning. It seeks to interweave the traditional strengths of the liberal arts, the values of civic inquiry and reflection, and the practical work of sustaining and supporting our communities and ourselves. Civic professionalism takes higher education beyond the transmittal of content knowledge to include an explicit focus on the values and social purpose underlying our use of that knowledge in the world. Faculty who deploy the tools of civic professionalism, embracing engagement with the world students will inhabit upon graduation, can provide an education that is transformative for students, society, and themselves.
The funds will support specific strategies for putting civic professionalism into action at these six institutions. IA’s Associate Research Director, Deirdra Stockmann, will work with the group in the area of evaluation. The findings will be shared with the entire consortium and more broadly in higher education communities.
The Teagle Foundation provides leadership for liberal education, mobilizing the intellectual and financial resources that are necessary if today's students are to have access to a challenging and transformative liberal education. The Foundation's commitment to such education includes its grantmaking to institutions of higher education across the country, its long-established scholarship program for the children of employees of ExxonMobil, and its work helping economically disadvantaged young people in New York City―where the Foundation is based―gain admission to college and succeed once there.
We are so grateful for your institution’s participation in Imagining America and congratulate these seven terrific collaborators for their contribution to the role of higher education for the public good.
Imagining America Collaboratories
Four faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University have been named Imagining America Research Fellows. The fellows will serve a one-year appointment to IA, a national consortium of universities committed to artists and scholars in public life. Their appointments will include participation as members of "collaboratories," a new IA initiative that provides opportunities for members to work together around a shared focus.
Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Associate Dean for Educational Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Dr. Brigitta Brunner, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism, will serve on the "Engaged Undergraduate Education Collaboratory." Barb Bondy, Associate Professor in the Department of Art, and Jay Lamar, Director of the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, were named IA Research Fellows for the "Public Humanities Centers and Institutes Collaboratory."
A description of each collaboratory is below:
Engaged Undergraduate Education Collaboratory: The purpose of this research collaborative is to create a baseline of information regarding the role of civic engagement in undergraduate liberal arts education. Civic Engagement connects the traditional strengths of the liberal arts with the practical work of sustaining and supporting ourselves and our communities. The collaborative seeks to develop and implement a national framework for promoting civic engagement as the connective tissue between liberal arts education in the arts and humanities and the values and skills of civic professionalism in the professional world for our graduates.
Public Humanities Collaboratory: This collaboratory's work is interested in the following questions: How can we assess our work both for our own growth and so that other colleagues, funders, etc., are able to appreciate our mission and accomplishments? What are the range of projects and courses that public humanities centers across the US have found to be most effective? How can public humanities centers across campuses support each other?
For more information on all of the collaboratories, visit the Imagining America website.
More Information Coming Soon!
Last Updated: October 06, 2016