Texas Tech University


In response to Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec's decision to take proactive measures to help limit the coronavirus (COVID-19) risk to our Texas Tech University campus community, the 2020 Discoveries to Impact Conference including the 3rd Annual Regional Engaged Scholarship Symposium has been canceled. The next Regional Engaged Scholarship Symposium will take place on April 1, 2021, and will be held in conjunction with the 2021 Discoveries to Impact Conference. For further details regarding the 2021 schedule and to register for Discoveries to Impact and all Symposium-related events, visit dti.ttu.edu. We hope that you will join us next year!

The following event has been cancelled: 

April 2, 2020 | Texas Tech McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center


About the Event

On April 2, 2020, Texas Tech University will host its third annual 2020 Regional Engaged Scholarship Symposium as part of Discoveries to Impact Week. The symposium will be held at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

An engaged institution is one that has redesigned its teaching, research/creative activity, and service to be responsive to diverse community needs and societal challenges, advance faculty scholarship, and enrich the student experience through mutually beneficial community partnerships. This symposium highlights innovative strategies and practices that integrate community engagement into daily university practice while promoting teaching and learning, discovery, and scholarship.

Symposium Sessions

Four interactive sessions will highlight innovative engagement strategies, projects, and initiatives that are based on mutually beneficial relationships between the university (faculty, staff, or students) and community partners. Session topics will include:

  • Connecting teaching, research/creative activity, or service with community needs or complex societal challenges.
  • Integrating student engagement into the curriculum to enhance learning and success.
  • Building and sustaining effective partnerships with different types of communities.
  • Identifying and documenting the impacts of engagement on communities.
  • Capitalizing on engagement with communities to advance faculty scholarship (publications, presentations, etc.), academic rewards, or external funding opportunities
  • Assessing student learning outcomes from engaged teaching, research, or service activities.

Keynote Speaker

The symposium's featured keynote speaker will be the former NASA Astronaut, Story Musgrave, who will speak about creative adaptability and problem-solving in diverse operational scenarios, drawing from his personal experiences and sharing stories that will be sure to inspire attendees to believe that anything is possible.


Who Should Attend

Administrators, faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students from two- and four-year higher education institutions, as well as community members are invited to attend. A continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch will be provided. Attendance is free of charge.


To register for the 2020 Regional Engaged Scholarship Symposium and other events during Discoveries to Impact Week, click here.

Submit a Proposal

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to submit a proposal for a panel presentation at the 2020 Regional Engaged Scholarship Symposium. Deadline for submissions is February 18, 2020. To submit a proposal, click here.

Event Venue Details

The 2020 Regional Engaged Scholarship Symposium will take place on April 2, 2020 at the Texas Tech McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center in Lubbock, Texas.

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
2521 17th St.
Lubbock, TX 79409

To view the parking access map for this venue, click here. To view a map of the building, click here. Free parking is available to visitors in the lot directly south of the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.