College Engagement Council

College Engagement Council

The College Engagement Council (CEC) was established in autumn 2015 and consists of representatives from all colleges and regional campuses. The CEC, similar in scope to the Academic Program Advisory Council (APAC) and the College Research Officers (CRO), was established following recommendations contained in the 2015 OAA Engagement Task Force Report.

Guided by the Task Force Report, the intent of the CEC is to foster a university-wide culture of engagement and collaboration. The CEC has already worked on a wide-range of initiatives including substantive input to the new university's mission/vision document and feedback to the university's strategic planning process.

Jacqueline Davis, clinical professor of Optometry, currently serving as the CEC chair, leads the council's monthly meetings which take place after the Council of Deans regular meetings. Meetings follow an agenda developed with input from CEC members.

CEC efforts have centered around three task forces which informed the engagement-themed presentation at the April 2017 Board of Trustees meeting. The task forces are:

Aligning with the new university mission/vision document and the University Strategic Planning process, the task force has developed an engagement mission/vision statement and a set of engagement principles for the university to advocate for and advance a shared vision for engagement and collaboration. A 2017-18 Engagement Plan has been developed which includes the 2018 Community Engagement Conference.

The task force, in conjunction with University Libraries, developed Engaged Scholars, a catalog of meaningful partnerships involving community engaged research, community engaged teaching and community engaged service, and the associated engaged scholarship and community impacts. The goal is to raise awareness of exemplary programs and help connect potential partners from inside and outside the university.

Working with Institutional Research and Planning, the task force is developing university-wide engagement metrics which would be useful to colleges and units. First steps include discovering existing data that can be rolled up to a university-wide level as well as data needed but not currently collected. The ultimate goal is to create tools which would assist in engagement plan development and documenting impact.


College of Arts and Sciences Assistant Dean

Garett Heysel

Fisher College of Business Associate Dean

Steffanie Wilk

College of Education and Human Ecology Director of Research

Nicole Luthy

College of Engineering Chief Diversity Officer/Assistant Dean

Donnie Perkins

Moritz College of Law Associate Dean

Kathy Seward Northern

Moritz College of Law Director of Pubic Service

Cybele Smith

College of Medicine Assistant Professor

Darrell Gray

College of Nursing Associate Professor

Susie Breitenstein

College of Optometry Associate Professor

Jacqueline Davis

College of Pharmacy Assistant Dean

Jennifer Rodis

College of Social Work Community Engagement Manager

Steve David