Roads Scholars Tour

This annual, two-day, traveling seminar takes faculty, administrators and community partners through a region of Ohio to meet faculty and community partners who are collaborating, talk with current and future Ohio State students, learn from business and community leaders, and get acquainted with others who may be partners for future projects.

The 2019 Roads Scholars Tour will take place June 18-19. More details will be published as they are finalized.

2018 Roads Scholars Tour - July 10-11

The stop and Flying Horse Farms
The 2018 Roads Scholars Tour traveled to northeast Ohio on July 10-11. The tour saw around 50 faculty, adminstrators and community partners join students from the Buckeye Bus to learn more about Ohio State's research, educational and economic community partnerships.

Read more about the 2018 Roads Scholars Tour

Check out #OSUontheroad to see the social media conversation from the 2018 Tour.

2018 Stops:

Tuesday, July 10

The Ohio State University Airport, Columbus
Glen-Gery Brick Yard, Iberia
Buurma Farms/Ohio State Muck Crops Research Station, Williard
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland

Wednesday, July 11

Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Cleveland
Gorman-Rupp Pumps, Mansfield
Flying Horse Farms, Mt. Gilead

2017 Roads Scholars Tour

Roads Scholars Tour group photo

In 2017 the Roads Scholars Tour went to southwest Ohio on July 13-14. Around 50 faculty, community partners and administrators visited a diverse group of stops that higlight community-university partnerships along the way from Columbus to Cincinnati and back. 

Read more about the 2017 Roads Scholars Tour.

Check out #OSUontheroad to see the social media conversation from the 2017 Tour.

2017 Stops:

Thursday, July 13

The Ohio State University Airport, Columbus
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Dayton
Emery Oleochemicals, Cincinnati
Plum Street Temple, Cincinnati

Friday, July 14

University of Cincinnati Community Design Center/Niehoff Urban Studio, Cincinnati
National Weather Service, Wilmington
Ohio State Western Agricultural Research Station, South Charleston

Roads Scholars Tour logo

The Roads Scholars Tour, a two-day, traveling seminar that included President Drake and Provost McPheron, took more than 50 faculty, staff and community partners to northwest Ohio on July 14-15, 2016 to tour sites where the university has key partnerships. Participants viewed first-hand the reach and impact that engaged teaching and research collaborations have on communities and residents across the state. The Buckeye Bus, sponsored by the Office of Student Life, also toured the region and joined the Roads Scholars Tour at several stops. University Advancement hosted an evening event for alumni and friends in the region as part of our stop at the Toledo Zoo. Take a look back at the 2016 Roads Scholars Tour.

2016 Stops:

Thursday, July 14

COSI, Columbus
Transportation Research Center, East Liberty
Unverferth Manufacturing, Kalida
Toledo Zoo, Toledo

Friday, July 15

Toledo Museum of Art's Glass Pavilion, Toledo
The Andersons, Maumee
Cooper Tire, Findlay

2015 Roads Scholars Tour

Map of Roads Scholars TourThe 2015 Roads Scholars Tour saw a group of more than 50 faculty, administrative leaders and community partners take a two-day road trip across northeastern Ohio on July 21-22. Participants toured sites where the university has key partnerships and saw first-hand the reach and impact that teaching, research and engagement collaborations have on communities and residents across the state.

As the state’s flagship land-grant university, Ohio State has forged partnerships in each of Ohio’s 88 counties and works with communities to address the state's needs and create opportunities for growth and progress.

Starting at the Havener Eye Institute near the Columbus campus and culminating with a visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art, day one of this year’s tour highlighted some of Ohio State’s many vital connections with health care, industry and the arts. On day two, the tour ventured through Ohio’s only national park, took a look at service-learning courses and concluded with a stop at Ohio State’s Wooster campus. 

View a list of the 2015 Roads Scholars

Check out what tour participants and hosts were saying during the tour on social media

2015 Stops:

Tuesday, July 21

Havener Eye Institute, Columbus

Next Generation Films, Lexington

ArcelorMittal, Cleveland

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

Wednesday, July 22

Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Independence to Akron

University of Akron

Ohio State Wooster 

2014 Roads Scholars Tour

"I will never forget the interactions with my colleagues and the enthusiasm of those I met and their willingness to share what makes them proud. I am now even more proud of the quality and the breadth of Ohio State and the state of Ohio. It is an experience I recommend absolutely."

David C. Manderscheid, PhD
Executive Dean and Vice Provost
College of Arts and Sciences
2014 Roads Scholar

Read more from Dean Manderscheid's blog post about his Roads Scholars Tour experience.  

The 2014 Roads Scholars Tour saw a group of more than 40 faculty head to Northeast Ohio to visit some of the university's community partners in the area. The Office of Outreach and Engagement would like to thank all of our participants and hosts. Your great energy made for an outstanding tour! The tour stopped at Ohio Stadium, Ohio State Mansfield, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Goodyear Headquarters and Ohio State Wooster.

Check out what tour participants and hosts were saying during the tour on social media

2014 Stops:

Tuesday, July 22
Ohio Stadium, Columbus (Connecting Academics, Athletics and Engagement)
Ohio State Mansfield
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland

Wednesday, July 23
Goodyear Headquarters, Akron
Ohio State Wooster

2012 Roads Scholars Tour

Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee and Vice President for Outreach and Engagement Valerie Lee led a group of approximately 50 faculty and staff members on the 2012 Roads Scholars Tour, a two-day trip across southwestern Ohio, July 23-24. Along the way, participants saw some of Ohio State’s amazing partnerships.

The Office of Outreach and Engagement thanks all of our participants and tour hosts! Our stops included the Wright Center of Innovation in Biomedical Imaging, the Farm Science Review, Wright State University, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, GE Aviation and the OSU Urban Arts Space.

More pictures are available on the Outreach and Engagement Facebook page.

If you have questions, contact us at (614) 247-7795.

Stops included:

Photos and itineraries of past Roads Scholars Tours

Why Should You Become a Roads Scholar?

More than 800 Ohio State faculty members have gone on the tour since 1997. Roads Scholars applied their experiences by—

  • Interacting/collaborating with colleagues met on the tour
  • Discussing with colleagues what was learned on the tour
  • Becoming involved with or enhancing outreach collaborations or efforts
  • Visiting Ohio communities/sites or meeting with Ohioans
  • Using what was learned in teaching and interacting with students
  • Using what was learned to conduct or develop research

What past Roads Scholars say:

  • "I would highly recommend the Roads Scholar Tour to every faculty member at OSU, whether you’re new to OSU or you’ve been here for years."
  • "There is something for everyone to learn, and I am sure you’ll come away from the trip with a renewed interest, passion, and commitment for your teaching, research, service and above all your involvement with outreach and engagement to the community and society."
  • "The Roads Scholars program confirmed the fact that we are not only doing good things, but we are doing things that the university values and encourages. It also taught me what the land-grant mission encompasses and opened my eyes to larger avenues of possible outreach."
  • "The trip has been a fantastic experience in networking and collaboration."
  • "What can I say about this trip other than wow? It was eye opening to me to see the quality and dedication of faculty and staff across Ohio State who are reaching out to their communities and the state."
  • "As a new faculty member, I am coming away from this experience not only with many new contacts from my fellow scholars, but with many great ideas on how to work with the community around me."
  • "I would do this again in a heartbeat. Not being from Ohio and not knowing the state, it was time that was very well spent."
  • "I feel much more a part of the university now and also understand much better the importance of the outreach and engagement program."
  • "I really appreciate the regional campuses and their contribution to Ohio even more."
  • "I gained a new appreciation of the scope and impact of OSU across the state of Ohio. I share examples of this in my classes to help inform students about career possibilities that they might not have considered."
  • "It is great to take a step back and be able to mull the multiple possibilities available. There will be some positive actions and collaborations as a result of these 2 days."
  • "Great program! Refreshing and a great way to recharge after the tenure process."
  • "It made me feel more connected to this very large and diverse institution. That feeling has affected my willingness to be engaged in campuswide issues and see that my college is part of a larger academic culture."
  • "I would love another chance to participate. This is the best faculty retreat."
  • "The bigger sense of OSU and what it means to be a land-grant institution helped me properly place my institute and its efforts, as well as help me educate my bosses on the same."