Engaging for Change: Changing for Engagement

The 15th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference hosted by the University of Alabama Faculty of Extension in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 

October 7 & 8, 2014

Pre-Conference October 5th & 6th 

Proposals are sought for presentations, posters, and other forms of communication that will inform or advance research on, and the practice of, Engaged Scholarship and Community-University Partnerships through means of research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or service-learning models, collaborative policy development and integration, or successful civic engagement practices.  Presenters should indicate ways in which their proposal relates to the conference theme and one or more sub-themes.  Proposal submission opened January 24, 2014.  The deadline for submissions is March 17, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

Proposal Details

Proposals are invited for presentations related to one or more of the following topics:

  • Reasons for community university engagement
  • Ways of engaging
  • Building networks and partnerships
  • Impacts or outcomes of community university engagement
  • How to measure impacts or outcomes of community university engagement
  • Critical reflections on engagement
  • From theory to practice; from practice to theory
  • Changes required to improve engagement
  • Changes resulting from community university engagement
  • Any other topic clearly related to the theme or one of the sub-themes

Proposals may be submitted in any of the following formats: symposium, workshop, poster and poster symposium. For more information on these formats, please visit our conference webpage.  


Proposal Submission Requirements

  • Presentation title (10-word maximum)
  • Presentation subtheme(s) or topics  the proposal relates to
  • Presentation format
  • Abstract for conference program (50-word maximum)
  • Presentation description (300 word maximum)
  • Presentation technology needs
  • Primary presenter contact information
  • Contact information for up to five co-presenters


Criteria for Evaluation of Submissions

For the benefit of the committee that will review all submissions, please include in your presentation description (300 word maximum), as applicable:

  • Evidence that your work represents or contributes to community-based scholarship/evidence-based practice
  • Evidence of reciprocity and mutual benefit from the standpoint of all partners - the university (faculty, staff, or students) and the community partner(s)
  • Inclusion of community partner "voices"/perspectives
  • New learning, questions, models, practices illustrated by your work
  • Evidence that your work has changed your partners/communities/institutions
  • Measures used to demonstrate changes in individuals or organizations
  • Evidence of strategies for program sustainability
  • Implications or "take-away" message for people attending your presentation.

Click here to submit a proposal (you may need to create an account if you don't already have one).  Deadline for proposal submissions is March 17, 2014. You will be notified as to acceptance of your proposal by May 12, 2014.  

Video Showcase

Consider developing and submitting a video presentation of  3 to 5 minutes that highlights your institution's engagement or outreach efforts - possibly your student service learning projects, community engagement, or other university outreach and engagement collaborations. These videos will be shown in a continuous loop during several segments of the conference.

Submission guidelines: videos should be in HD video formats.  The file name should be InstitutionNameShortTitle (for example, ColoradoStateUniversityEngagedScholars). To submit a video file, please send to lois.gander@ualberta.ca  For more information, please contact Doug Nichol at  doug.nichol@ualberta.ca  or call 

1-780-492-3775.  All videos must be received by August 31, 2014.



Event Date: 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 to Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 09 - 17