OSU Engages February 2024 Newsletter

OSU Engages February 2024 Newsletter

OSU Engages

Stories and Opportunities for Ohio State's Outreach and Engagement Community


In this months newsletter, you will notice several upcoming events for our communities of practice in engagement and engaged scholarship. The Office of Academic Affairs hosts multiple communities of practice supporting engaged practitioners and staff, graduate students who are emerging engaged scholars and those working in arts-based engagement. We anticipate several topical communities of practice (focused on specific research topics) to be offered later in the spring for engaged scholars across the university.

What are communities of practice?
Communities of practice are networking spaces for collective learning and ideation. A community of practice creates opportunities for connecting with our colleagues and peers from various disciplines to learn together, problem solve together and identify new opportunities for advancing engaged scholarship.

Joining or starting a community of practice:
We encourage you to consider joining one of our upcoming communities of practice events. We would love to hear your ideas for potential new communities of practice. Are you interested in a research topic and want to connect with peers across the university? Please reach out to the Office of Outreach and Engagement to discuss facilitating a future community of practice.

Spring grants and awards deadlines:
Deadlines are quickly approaching for our engagement grants, awards and programs of excellence nominations. If you have questions regarding your projects fit with our grant or award programs, please reach out to our office anytime to discuss your project. We look forward to reviewing your proposals this spring!


Jason Reece
Vice Provost for Urban Research and
Community Engagement
Office of Academic Affairs

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Roads Scholars Day: Newark

Faculty and staff interested in engaged scholarship are invited to join the Office of Outreach Engagement on April 12 as we visit Ohio State's Newark campus and partnership sites in the area. On a charter bus with other faculty and university colleagues, you will visit community organizations and learn more about community engaged scholarship. Scheduled stops include:

  • Ohio State Newark
  • The Works Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology
  • SciDome
  • Great Circle Earthworks
Learn More and Register

Call for proposals: Programs of Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

To support and promote high-impact engaged scholarship, the Office of Outreach and Engagement has instituted a process to certify programs of excellence in engaged scholarship. The certification process seeks to identify and certify up to 20 projects annually that demonstrate excellence in community-engaged scholarship and meet the criteria of high-impact engaged scholarship. Applications are due Feb. 28.

Learn More and Apply

Apply now for the University Outreach and Engagement Awards

Ohio State is seeking nominations of programs, scholars and practitioners for the 2024 University Outreach and Engagement Awards, which honor faculty, staff, students and community partners for outstanding achievement in producing engaged scholarship and community impact. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.

Learn More and Apply

Mary Rodriguez

Tell Me Your Why: Mary Rodriguez

Mary Rodriguez is a Provosts Midcareer Scholar and associate professor of community leadership in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. In this episode, she talks with host and Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Patrick Louchouarn about forming solid connections to the community and engaging with people from different backgrounds, the vital role that mentors played in her academic growth, and her experience in higher education as a first-generation American.

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Nominations due tomorrow for 2024-25 Ohio State Artist Laureate

The Office of Academic Affairs is seeking nominations for the 2024-25 Ohio State Artist Laureate. The program is designed to help the university achieve one of the main goals of its academic plan: to enhance impact through external engagement. The goal is to bring the arts to underserved communities across the state and to engage with those communities in shared experiences that will, ideally, enrich and inform audience and Laureate alike. Nominations are due tomorrow (Feb. 16).

Learn More and Apply

Submit a proposal for an Engagement Grant

The Office of Outreach and Engagement provides funding to faculty and/or faculty-led teams, and university staff that hold PI status with the annual Engagement Grants program. Grants are awarded at a maximum amount of $15,000 to support development of impact reports for programs, performances or exhibits; development of a public policy document or impact report; development or implementation of a program, performance, exhibition, or initiative based upon previous research, assessment, or community stakeholder/public input; or enhance or expand a program that extends community access to the university, broadly defined. Proposals are due March 4.

Learn More and Apply

Applications open for the annual OSEP awards

In collaboration with Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP), the Office of Academic Affairs has opened a call for grant proposals that align with the university's sustainability goals; align with advancing access, engagement and inclusive excellence goals; or provide research opportunities (in all disciplines) to students who have limited exposure to undergraduate research and experiential learning opportunities. Submissions are due March 11. Faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000.

Learn More and Apply

"Ohioans in Space" at the statehouse

Ohio State's John Glenn College of Public Affairs, Office of Government Affairs and Office of Academic Affairs participated in the "Ohioans in Space" celebration on Jan. 24 at the Ohio Statehouse. John Horack, Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy (Glenn College and College of Engineering), took part in a panel discussion during the event.

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Engaged Practitioners Network meeting: Feb. 16

The Engaged Practitioners Network is a space for Ohio State staff members who are working in community outreach and engagement. Our goal is to continue to grow the community of practice for staff. We hope to amplify collaborations, share best practices and increase professional development opportunities. The network's next meeting is Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. via Zoom.

Learn More and Register

Engaged Scholars Graduate Student Community of Practice

The next meeting of the Engaged Scholars Graduate Student Community of Practice will take place on Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. to noon at The Ohio State University Libraries Research Commons. We welcome returning and new participants who are interested in engaged scholarship. This community of practice will provide a space for graduate students to share experiences, insights and resources and to cultivate a supportive, cross-discipline network.

Learn More and Register

Arts and Design Engagement Community of Practice

The Arts and Design Engagement Community of Practice provides a space for artists, designers and scholars across disciplines on and off campus to share experiences, resources and insights related to engaged scholarship. All experienced and emerging engaged scholars are welcome! The first meeting is March 6 from 3:30-5 p.m. via Zoom.

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"Spark" grants for arts engagement

Over the next three years, the Office of Outreach and Engagement will offer "Spark" grants, funded by the Mellon Foundation, to Ohio State faculty, students and staff for engagement projects that center the arts, especially projects done in partnership with communities served by our regional campuses. During this first year of the program, grants will be funded to a maximum of $25,000. Applications are due April 12.

Learn More and Apply

Cunningham Commitment to Service Award nominations sought

The Association of Staff and Faculty Womens Dr. Patricia Cunningham II Commitment to Service Award recognizes a university employee who impacts the community through dedicated service. The nomination deadline is March 1.

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Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference call for proposals

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) is seeking proposals for its 2024 annual conference: Pathways to Prosperity: Building Sustainable Futures through Community Engagement. The conference will be held October 9-10 in Portland, Oregon.

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ESC Awards for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium supports and encourages excellence in community-engaged scholarship through its annual ESC Awards Program. The 2024 ESC Awards of Excellence in Engaged Scholarship will recognize exemplary institutional programs in the following categories: Student, Faculty, Staff, Community Partner, Institutional Leadership and Distinguished Dissertation. Nominations are due March 25.

Learn More and Apply

Nominate a commencement speaker

The Commencement Speaker Advisory Committee seeks assistance in identifying future graduation speakers. Students, faculty and staff may nominate candidates via the nomination portal. Speaker criteria and nomination process information are available at the link below. All are encouraged to engage in this proud tradition and nominate speakers to inspire graduates, families, faculty and guests. Nominations must be submitted by March 1.

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Judges sought for 38th Annual Hayes Forum

The 38th annual Hayes Forum will be held on March 1. Judges are needed for poster and oral presentations in several academic areas. The only requirement for judging is that you must possess a terminal degree in a relevant field for the academic area you apply to be a judge. If you are interested in judging or have questions, please contact Hayes Chair Katie Conner at cgs-hayesforum@osu.edu.

The Hayes Forum presents exemplary research by graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from across Ohio State and facilitates fruitful exchanges between graduate students, trainees, faculty, the administration and the public.

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Make connections with the Outreach and Engagement listserv

Did you know you can connect with colleagues through the Outreach and Engagement listserv? You can share your work and events, look for partnerships and much more by emailing the list at outreach@lists.osu.edu.

Learn More and Connect

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