Cleveland State University

Engaged Learning Dialogues

Engaged Dialogues

The Engaged Learning Dialogues are a series of conversations led by leading national experts in university-community engagement. The speakers will cover a range of topics that were identified by CSU faculty and staff as critical to understanding and promoting Engaged Learning. Participants will have the opportunity to exchange with their colleagues over brown bag lunches, ask questions of the speakers, and continue the conversation online. Their viewpoints will be captured and used to shape an agenda for community engagement at CSU.

Online dialogues will happen at The Civic Commons (, a social media environment designed explicitly for civil, transparent, productive online dialogue. Civic Commons works with partners in higher ed, government and throughout the community to extend conversation in ways that allow more people to participate on their own terms and in their own time. It's as easy to use as Facebook and is guided by a commitment to principles that lay the groundwork for deliberative, intentional dialogue and strengthened communities.

The Engaged Learning Dialogues are sponsored by the Division of University Engagement and the Office of the Provost. For more information, contact Byron P. White, Vice President for University Engagement, at

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SandmannSeries 1

Beyond Service Learning: Community Engagement in Higher Education
February 28 – Student Center 313-315
Lorilee R. Sandmann, University of Georgia
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Dr. Sandmann will discuss the advancement of community engagement as a prominent strategy for enriching research and teaching, strengthening civic responsibility and addressing societal issues.

O'mearaSeries 2

What's in It for the Faculty? Opportunities and Barriers of Engagement
March 21 – Fenn Tower Ballroom
12:00 - 1:30 PM
KerryAnn O'Meara, University of Maryland
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Dr. O'Meara will discuss the impact of engagement on faculty, including satisfaction, retention, and productivity, as well as its growing impact on academic reward systems.

LongoSeries 3

Raising the Student Voice: Civic Education through Student-driven Engagement
April 4 – Parker Hannifin Hall 104
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Nicholas V. Longo, Providence College
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Dr. Longo will discuss the role of students as drivers of engagement activities in partnership with faculty through curriculum and research as well as through co-curricular activities.


MaurrasseSeries 4

The Urban University as Economic and Social Anchor
April 11 – Parker Hannifin Hall 104
12:00 - 1:30 PM
David Maurrasse, Marga, Inc./Anchor Institution Task Force
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Dr. Maurrasse will discuss the increasingly recognized role of urban universities as drivers of local economies and social transformation, particularly for those communities in close proximity.Register

ChuppSeries 5

Knowledge Both Ways: Engaging the Community as Peer
April 18 – Parker Hannifin Hall 104
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Mark Chupp, Case Western Reserve University
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Dr. Chupp will discuss principles and practices for engaging community partners in ways that promote respect, mutual benefit, and shared authority, particularly when crossing cultural, economic and educational barriers.Register

SaltmarshSeries 6

Achieving National Prominence through the Carnegie Classification
April 23 – Main Classroom 146
12:00 - 1:30 PM
John Saltmarsh, University of Massachusetts-Boston
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Dr. Saltmarsh, co-director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), a partner in the management and decision process for Carnegie Foundation’s elective Community Engagement Classification, will discuss the designation’s purpose within the engagement movement and insights for how CSU can achieve it.Register

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