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Spring 2016


A Newsletter from nbsp;the Office of Academic Engagement

TTU Academic Engagement Committee Meets


Texas Tech’s newly formed Ad Hoc Committee for Academic Engagement had its first meeting on February 17, 2016.  Consisting of representatives from each of the university’s colleges and schools, as well as administrative units, the committee discussed the need for developing clear definitions for the various forms of community engagement taking place across Texas Tech to enhance the campus-wide understanding of the types of activities that count and do not count under the institution's Strategic Priority 4 "Further Outreach and Engagement." This may also help increase participation in the annual institution-wide assessment of faculty and staff engagement work via the Raiders Engaged survey.  

TTU Raiders Engaged Assessment Results for AY'15 are in!



In addition to the 657,287 individuals who participated in a total of 546 TTU sponsored engagement programs and projects during Academic Year 2015, another 5,616,765 individuals were reported has having been impacted.  Overall, Texas Tech faculty and staff spent close to 330,000 hours on designing and implementing programs and projects in collaboration with external partners that benefited communities across the entire State of Texas, all 50 U.S. States, and 46 foreign countries. Funding generated through these activities reached $24 Mio. A big thank-you goes out to all faculty and staff members who participated in the AY'15 Raiders Engaged survey and shared information about their community engagement work and partnerships.  Data reported provided valuable benchmarks for TTU's Annual Strategic Plan Update.

The Raiders Engaged survey will reopen for input of Academic Year '16 data in May 2016.  Notices regarding the specific date that the survey will reopen will go out via the Office of the Provost.  Note for TTU Faculty: All engagement data reported in Raiders Engaged will be prepopulated in Digital Measures and there will be no need to reenter data for annual reporting!  For further questions, contact Craig Morton or Elaina Cantrell at TTU's  Office of Planning and Assessment.

 17th Annual ESC Conference: October 11 - 12, 2016, Omaha, NE
“Visioning the Future of Engaged ScholarshipVision

Texas Tech is a member of the international Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) which is composed of higher education institutions who work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship, and designed to help build community capacity.  ESC's Annual Conference brings together faculty, staff, students, and community partners from across the United States and Canada to share the theory and practice of engaged scholarship. The conference also includes the following pre-conference events.

Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (Pre-Conference)                       
This intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussion, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community engaged scholarship. Participation in the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop (EESW) is limited and interested applicants must be nominated to be considered for this workshop.  The deadline for applications is Friday, April 1, 2016. Click here for more information.

Outreach and Engagement Staff Workshop (Pre-Conference)        
The Outreach and Engagement Staff Workshop (OESW) is designed for university staff and non-tenure-track faculty members who, in roles distinct from those of tenure-track faculty, facilitate, manage, direct, and administrate ongoing projects, programs, services, research, and relationships with community partners. These professionals span the boundaries between campus and community and have an emerging professional identity and a unique set of strengths and challenges that will be addressed in this workshop.  Click here for more information.

For more information on the ESC Conference and Pre-Conference Events, visit

Travel Grants Available!
TTU's Office of Academic Engagement is providing up to five $500 travel grants for Texas Tech faculty, staff , or doctoral students interested in attending the 2016 ESC Conference.  For more information, contact Dr. Birgit Green at or (806)834-2308. Deadline for grant applications is 7/31/16.



2016 APLU/ESC Community-University Engagement Awards – Request for Internal TTU Program Submissions!
The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) in collaboration with the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) is currently seeking nominations from higher education institutions for the 2016 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award.  The four regional winners of this award will then compete for the prestigious C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award.

Full-time Texas Tech University faculty involved in outstanding university-community partnerships are encouraged to submit their program or project for internal consideration to the Office of Academic Engagement by April 4, 2016.  Internal applications will be evaluated by a faculty peer review committee assembled by the Office of the Provost, and the faculty leader of the program or project chosen as Texas Tech’s entry for the W.K. Kellogg/C. Peter Magrath Awards will be notified by April 8, 2015.

For further information, please contact Dr. Birgit Green at or 806.834.2308.  To submit your program or project, click here.  For more information regarding the Kellogg/Magrath Awards Program and Guidelines, click here.

On April 9, 2016, Texas Tech University will hold its first annual Tech to Town event, a service initiative sponsored by The Student Government Association and The Office of the President.  hrough various service projects within the City of Lubbock, students will have the opportunity to give back to the Lubbock community and its residents.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to share information about the half-day event with students! Pre-registration is required. (Link to Registration:]




 Crossing Borders

A Partnership between Texas Tech's College of Visual & Performing Arts, Texas State University and Tecnológico de Monterrey will allow undergraduate students from all three institutions to participate in a Critical Issues in the Arts course. The course is lead by Christopher Smith, Musicology Professor at Texas Tech's School of Music, and  hosted by Tecnológico de Monterrey in Chiapas, Mexico, the southernmost province in Mexico. Students will create a collaborative performance and, based on their diverse backgrounds, be part of a unique learning experience. Learn more→
Traditional Dance from the state of Chiapas, Mexico.

Contact Information

For more information about the Office of Academic Engagement, contact Dr. Birgit Green, Director, at  or (806) 834-2308.

Feb 28, 2023