Apply Now to Co-Chair a Community of Practice

June 30, 2016

Minnesota Campus Compact (MNCC), in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Office for Public Engagement, will offer a set of communities of practice (COPs) in 2016-17 to explore the effectiveness of COPs in advancing higher education community engagement efforts. Our purpose in convening these COPs is to:

  • enhance individuals’ capacity to do community engagement work in higher education;
  • harvest resources, research findings, program models, insights, webinars, conference sessions, etc., to share with those beyond a specific community of practice; and
  • build the field’s knowledge about communities of practice as a model for professional development.

The following possible issues are based in learnings/priorities that have emerged from MNCC’s Cultural Agility Collaboration and campus Civic Action Planning sessions. Applicants my indicate a preference to co-lead one of these or suggest another topic of their choosing.

  • Supporting the engagement and success of low-income students
  • Infusing attention to race and racism in community engagement courses and initiatives
  • Building students’ civic agency
  • Developing students’ capacity to work across differences
  • Facilitating difficult conversations and reflection among students
  • Overcoming institutional silos (e.g., connecting community engagement and career development)
  • Developing a campus-wide culture of civic learning and engagement
  • Capturing the results of community engagement and telling powerful public stories
  • Advanced community-engaged research methods

What are the benefits of co-chairing a community of practice?

COP co-chairs will have the unique experience of collaborating with other change-oriented people from an array of roles and institutions across the state in a collaborative and asset-focused environment. They can expect to learn with participants and gain experience facilitating this type of collaborative learning process, including using remote digital engagement tools and harvesting resources and shared knowledge. In addition, co-chairs will each receive a $1,000 stipend.

How do I learn more?

Please download the application with more information here. We will also offer an optional information session on July 18 from 3 – 4 p.m. via Zoom video conference call. Contact Sinda (below) to register for the call. With any questions, you’re welcome to contact Sinda Nichols, Associate Director of Minnesota Campus Compact, at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org or 612-436-2080, or Amber Cameron, Associate Director for Public Engagement Initiatives, Office for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota, at acameron {at} umn(.)edu or 612-624-1706.

How do I apply to co-chair a COP?

Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and three references to Amber Cameron at acameron {at} umn(.)edu no later than August 5, 2016. In your letter, please describe:

  • the issue you would like your COP to be focused on and why (choose from the provided list, or propose another; if you’re interested in multiple topics, please rank them);
  • whether you can commit to participating in the video call orientation, preparing and co-facilitating at least four video call conversations with a Community of Practice over the 2016-17 academic year, and convening for one in-person gathering in February;
  • what skills you bring to the co-chair role; and
  • how you would define success for your COP.

If you’re interested in co-chairing with a specific person, please submit separate applications and indicate your desired co-chair. Please note that we will give preferences to co-chairs affiliated with different campuses.