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A Newsletter from University Outreach and Engagement
February 2022
Now accepting applications for the

The President's Engaged Scholarship Awards program recognizes individual faculty or faculty-staff teams from all disciplines for a project or activity that addresses a community need or larger social issue through mutually beneficial engagement with community partners. The program consists of the President's Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Awards and the President's Emerging Engaged Scholarship Award.  The Excellence Awards provide recognition for one project or activity in each of the following realms of faculty work: Engaged Teaching, Engaged Research, Engaged Creative Activity, and Engaged Service. For further information and criteria, please click below. 

For application guidelines and submissions, please log into Texas Tech Competition Space at

Calendar Year 2021 Outreach and Engagement
Assessment  Underway!
The Office of the Provost and UO&E invite TTU faculty and staff to provide information on any academic work (teaching, research, creative activity, or service) conducted for, in, or in partnership with external communities between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. The submission deadline for Calendar Year 2021 activities is  April 4, 2022. 

To report please click below:
For further information, examples of outreach and engagement activities, or submission of your project data, visit the Outreach and Engagement Assessment page.  
2020/21 Outreach and Engagement Annual Report 
In December 2021, University Outreach and Engagement published its annual report for 2020/2021 showcasing stories of engagement. The publication highlighted ways that TTU faculty, staff, and students engaged with communities to contribute their academic knowledge and expertise to improve the social, mental, and economic well-being of citizens and communities in the South Plains region and beyond. If you missed it, click the link below for the full report or request a printed copy by sending an e-mail to
Announcing: Engaged Scholarship Seed Grant Program! 
Accepting applications beginning March 15

The Office of the Provost and UO&E are pleased to announce the launch of a new competitive seed grant program to support TTU faculty in the development of an innovative engaged scholarship project. Applications for Academic Year 2022/23 will be accepted between March 15 and April 15, 2022.

For further information, contact Birgit Green at or 806-834-2308. 
2022 Discoveries to Impact Conference
March 28 - April 1, 2022

University Outreach and Engagement has partnered with Texas Tech’s Center for Transformative Undergraduate Experiences (TrUE), the Innovation Hub at Research Park, and the Center for Integration of STEM Education and Research (CISER), in hosting the 2022 Discoveries to Impact (DTI) Conference on March 28 through April 1, 2022.  

DTI will bring together faculty, staff, students, and the community for a showcase of research, engagement, innovation, and business startups. Scheduled events are comprised of the 4th annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium, the 14th annual Undergraduate Research Conference, and the TTU Accelerator Competition.  

The Engaged Scholarship Symposium will feature the recipients of the 2022 President’s Engaged Scholarship Awards as well as panel discussions of engaged faculty, staff, and students who will share their strategies of working with communities.  

For further details regarding the 2022 schedule, keynote speakers, and activities visit the Discoveries to Impact 2022 Website

Networking and Professional Development Opportunities in Engaged Scholarship!

Texas Tech Outreach and Engagement Mentoring Network Launching! 

This spring, the Office of University Outreach and Engagement and the Office of the Provost will be launching an Outreach & Engagement Mentoring Network to support faculty from all disciplines and all ranks in their understanding and pursuit of engaged scholarship. Initial meetings of the network will be scheduled during the month of March, and faculty who responded to our survey about their interest in the network will be contacted with meeting dates to choose from.   

If you are interested in joining the network as a mentor or mentee, but have not had a chance to respond to the survey, please follow the link to the Mentoring Survey.

Fall 2021 Workshops with Dr. Diane Doberneck - Recordings Now Available!

In November 2021, University Outreach and Engagement (UO&E) hosted guest speaker Dr. Diane Doberneck, Ph.D., Director for Faculty and Professional Development in the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, at Michigan State University.  Dr. Doberneck met with Texas Tech University leadership and presented two workshops while on campus. 

The November 1 workshop “Recognizing Engaged Scholarship in Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure” was a collaboration between UO&E and the Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center’s Chair Academy. Over thirty department chairs attended the session where, led by Dr. Doberneck, they shared and discussed concepts and strategies for recognizing engaged scholarship in faculty reviews and P&T. Attendees were also presented with the primary characteristics of engaged scholarship, its disciplinary nuances, as well as ways of evaluating and measuring the quality of faculty engagement work. 

On November 2, UO&E hosted the workshop “Community Engaged Scholarship: How to Create, Define, and Publish!” The session was attended by close to sixty faculty, staff, and graduate students interested in integrating community engagement into their teaching, research, and scholarship. The workshop focused on ways of implementing and publishing community-engaged scholarship, developing different types of publishable manuscripts, and finding appropriate venues for publishing.  

Recordings of both workshop sessions are available:

For additional materials shared by Dr. Doeberneck during these workshops, please contact Lindsay Rigney at

You will find announcements about future workshops on the UO&E website


New: Social Entrepreneurship Program hosted by
TTU Innovation Hub 

Be the Change You Wish to See! 
Calling all entrepreneurs and innovators with new venture ideas that create change and make a social impact. The selected "social entrepreneurs" will become a part of the TTU Accelerator Program sponsored by the Innovation Hub and receive $25K, mentorship, and access to co-working space to help them develop a thriving, sustainable venture that makes a measurable impact on human lives and communities! 

The design and implementation of a novel solution to a persistent social problem that creates value to society as a whole. 

Entrepreneurs with new venture ideas or existing non-profits or for-profits who are creating new, innovative ways to solve a social issue.  Application Deadline: February 22, 2022

For more information about the program and how to apply, click here; or contact Taysha Williams, Senior Director, at the Innovation Hub.


2022 Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC)


"The Impact of Engaged Scholarship: People, Purpose, and Passion" 
September 21 - 22, 2022
(Pre-Conference: September 19 - 20)
in Athens, GA

hosted by the ESC Southern Region and the University of Georgia 

For conference information and proposal submissions, click hereProposal Deadline: March 31, 2022 

2022 ESC Welcome Video
Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop
A Pre-Conference Event of the 2022 ESC Annual Conference

Sponsored by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium 
Application Deadline: April 15, 2022 

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 is limited, and interested applicants must be nominated to be considered for this workshop.

For further information, contact EESW Chair Timothy Shaffer at or visit the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop site on the ESC website


Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship 

Sponsored by Michigan State University 
For early career, tenure-track faculty and advanced graduate students! 


June 6-10, 2022  
Kellogg Center, East Lansing, Michigan 
$550 for MSU participants; $650 for non-MSU participants 
Application Deadline: April 4, 2022 

Michigan State University's Office for University Outreach and Engagement will host the fifth annual Summer Intensive on Community-Engaged Scholarship. MSU welcomes community-engaged scholars and practitioners with interests in community-engaged research and community-engaged teaching and learning, including service-learning, informal learning, and community-engaged research in courses. Through interactive workshops, field trips, lightning talks, case studies, panel discussions, and individual consultations, Summer Intensive participants explore big picture issues related to community-engagement in a learning community setting and develop strategies and plans for their own successful engagement activities. At the end of four days, they will come away with: 

  • Conceptual frameworks and scholarly resources 

  • Perspectives from community partners on engagement 

  • Practical partnership, collaboration, and evaluation tools 

  • Career advice from successfully tenured community-engaged faculty 

  • Strategies for publishing your community-engaged scholarship 

  • Ideas for sharing your community-engaged work with practitioner and public audiences 

  • New national community-engaged peers and colleagues 

For more information and to apply, visit Summer Intensive; or contact:

Diane M. Doberneck (
Director for Faculty and Professional Development 
University Outreach and Engagement 

TTU Outreach and Engagement Upcoming Event
The Terry and Jo Harvey Allen Center for Creative Studies Presents
"Three Women - Three Films!"

Students, faculty, and the Lubbock community are invited to experience and discuss the works of Sara Driver, Anne Rapp, and Tamara Saviano; three women filmmakers who will share their processes of completing projects in a male-dominated industry.

 Films will be shown in the order below: 

Each showing will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Paul Hunton, the director of Texas Tech’s public television station (KTTZ). All three directors will be present for a moderated discussion on the final night, March 24, 2022.  

This event will be held at Premiere Theaters, South Plains Mall, starting at 6:30 PM each evening and is made possible by The Terry and Jo Harvey Allen Center for Creative Studies. Admission is FREE and open to the public. 

We are inviting faculty and staff to submit their outreach and engagement activities for highlighting on the Engage at Tech Central Site. Simply complete the O&E Information Form to submit your information. 

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Feb 11, 2022