OSU Engages March 2024 Newsletter

OSU Engages March 2024 Newsletter

OSU Engages

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


We have two excellent opportunities to engage and learn from national and local leaders this April. Space is limited for both events, and we encourage you to RSVP soon.

We are excited to have Chancellor Donde Plowman from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville deliver the 2024 James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture on April 18. She has served as chancellor of the state's flagship land-grant research university since 2019. In that time the university has set new records in student enrollment, student retention, alumni giving, state support and research expenditures.

We hope you can join us for our spring 2024 Roads Scholars Day for a visit to The Ohio State University at Newark on April 12. The day includes a visit to the campus and engagement with community partners in the area.


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

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville Chancellor to deliver Patterson Lecture on April 18

The 2024 James F. Patterson Land-Grant University Lecture will feature Donde Plowman, chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, April 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The lecture honors former Board of Trustees member James Patterson and the cause to which he is most committed a vibrant university fulfilling its land-grant mission in an ever-changing world. Seating is limited. A light lunch will be served.


Defining community engagement and engaged scholarship

As a land-grant institution, robust community engagement is essential to the work of the university's faculty, staff and students. Ohio State is dedicated to extending teaching, learning, research and creative expression beyond our campuses by engaging in partnership with communities elevating the quality of life for the people of Ohio and beyond. In the Office of Outreach and Engagement, community engagement is defined in alignment with the Carnegie Foundation's definition.

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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 Newark 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
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Applications due March 18 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 18. Faculty, staff and students are eligible to apply. Awards range from $10,000 to $50,000.


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The School of Music presents Opus 88

As part of the School of Music's Opus 88 project, the Symphonic Band performed in Guernsey and Licking Counties on Feb. 29 and March 1. The goal of Opus 88 is to connect with Buckeyes, engage with communities and share in the joy of music through each of Ohio's 88 counties.

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Engaged Scholar Q&A: Shoshanah Inwood

"Grant funding comes and goes. For lasting change to occur, research has to be done in partnership with a community, where individuals and organizations recognize their own assets, feel they have ownership over the project and see our work together as a partnership," said Shoshanah Inwood, associate professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and School of Environment and Natural Resources (pictured on left).

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Check out Ohio State's hub for solar eclipse information

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will cross North America, including a 124-mile-wide band in the state of Ohio. As interest continues to grow for this rare event, the university has a new webpage for solar eclipse information for all Ohio State campuses.

The Office of Academic Affairs encourages faculty and instructors who teach classes during the eclipse to, if appropriate, offer flexibility to students for this once-in-a-lifetime event.

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Lt. Governor Husted joins Ohio State dedication of new Mansfield STEM labs

Lt. Governor Jon Husted joined The Ohio State University administrators, faculty and staff to celebrate the opening and dedication of new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) laboratories in Conard Hall at the Mansfield campus in February. The program also celebrated the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, which will graduate its first cohort of students this May.

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Opportunities at State Science Day: A Celebration of Science

Ohio State is again hosting the Ohio Academy of Sciences State Science Day: A Celebration of Science on May 11. Last years success was largely due to the amazing faculty and staff who provided hands-n learning experiences and impactful conversation.

This event welcomes 5th-12th graders from across the state who have received high marks from their local science fairs. An integral part of the day is involvement from colleges and units across campus. Faculty or staff can be involved in as many ways as fit their schedules and interests.

  • Showcase of posters (Ohio Union): Visit student posters and interact with students; attend all or part of this time.
  • Site visits (across campus): Host students and their parent/chaperone on an interactive tour or lab demonstration.
  • Lunch with a Scientist (Ohio Union): Join students and their parent/chaperone for lunch in the Archie Griffin Grand Ballroom at the Ohio Union.

If you would like to participate, please fill out the survey at the link below by March 18.

Register to Participate


Engaged Practitioners Network meeting: April 5

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 April 5 at 10 a.m. via Zoom.


"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

Faculty Pathways: Strengthening Your Research Through Local and Global Engagement

Ryan Schmiesing, senior vice provost for external engagement, and Jason Reece, vice provost for urban research and community engagement, will discuss the current local and global engagement efforts as well as best practices in community and global engagement. The session will take place April 9 from 12-1:30 p.m.


Engagement Scholarship Consortium: Call for proposals and more opportunities

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) is seeking proposals for its 2024 annual conference taking place Oct. 9-10 in Portland, Oregon. The conference theme will be Pathways to Prosperity: Building Sustainable Futures through Community Engagement. Proposals are due April 1.

View Call for Proposals

ESC 2024 Awards: 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 Submit a Nomination

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop: This workshop is part of the ESC 2023 pre-conference program, taking place Oct. 7-8. This intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, dialogue, mentoring and workshops designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community-engaged scholarship. Applications are due April 1.

Learn More and Apply

ESC Grants: Faculty and staff from ESC member institutions may apply for up to $5,000 to fund a one-year project. Collaborative projects among faculty and/or staff from more than one discipline and/or at more than one university are encouraged. Applications are due May 3.

Learn More and Apply

P&T Training Session: Identifying and Reducing Barriers to Elevate Excellence

This session is designed for chairs and members of P&T committees, along with TIU chairs. However, all interested faculty are welcome. Participants will learn how to identify processes and best practices that help recognize impactful work from faculty across a broad range of contributions that further the mission of professional fields, the TIU and the university. Potential barriers to recognizing faculty contributions will be discussed along with practices that help mitigate them. This is a workshop-style session that encourages open discussions. The session will take place April 3 from 10 a.m. to noon.


Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship

The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program supports faculty members seeking to improve their area studies and foreign language skills by conducting research abroad for periods of three to 12 months. The program is designed to contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages and area studies in the United States. The application deadline is April 16. All interested faculty must contact Joanna Kukielka-Blaser at kukielka-blaser.1@osu.edu to register interest.

Learn about ePortfolios in PebblePad

The Office of Undergraduate Education, the Drake Institute and the Office of Technology and Digital Innovation are hosting a series of conversations and workshops to familiarize our university community with the way ePortfolios are being used in the GE and elsewhere on campus, introduce the pedagogy of folio thinking, and train instructors interested in building workbooks and assignments in PebblePad, Ohio States ePortfolio platform.

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Register for the International Student Experience Workshop Series

Join the Office of International Affairs for the International Student Experience Workshop Series to learn more about what its like to be an international student at Ohio State. These free workshops include presentations by staff, as well as a panel of international students who will answer questions and share their experiences. Those who complete the three-part series will receive a training certificate from the Office of International Affairs.

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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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