Texas Tech University

2017 Regional Academic Engagement Symposium


February 21 and 22, 2017
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

The first annual 2017 Regional Academic Engagement Symposium will explore the theme of “Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service: What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter?

More and more higher education institutions are actively engaging with community partners to help meet a local community need, find solutions to pressing regional problems, or address larger societal issues. While communities benefit, so do the institutions. This symposium will bring together faculty, administrators, academic staff, and students from two- and four year institutions across Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma to share the theories, principles and practices behind these mutually beneficial, reciprocal partnerships between their campuses and communities.

Keynote Speaker:

Andy-Key Note SpeakerDr. Andy Furco

Associate Vice President for Public Engagement;
University of Minnesota

Presentations will address the following topics:

  • Reasons for college/university engagement with community.
  • Ways of engaging.
  • Strategies for building and sustaining partnerships.
  • Impacts or outcomes of college/university engagement with community.
  • Critical reflections on engagement.
  • Measuring impacts or outcomes of college/university engagement with community.
  • Changes resulting from college/university engagement with community.
  • Changes required to implement or improve engagement.
  • Any other topic related to the theme.

Find detailed Program here

Overview of Program

Who Should Attend this Symposium?

Individuals, teams, and collaborators including:

  • University and college faculty or staff involved in the study and/or practice of community engagement, the implementation of engagement programs, or service learning.
  • Undergraduate or graduate students involved in studying the impacts of service Learning or other curricular engagement practices.
  • Higher education administrators and engagement professionals involved in advocating, fostering, or supporting community engagement at their institutions.
  • Faculty and staff involved in the scholarship of engagement.
  • Community, government, and corporate partners working with colleges and universities.

Event Information:

Dates & Times:

February 21:

11:00 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
12:15 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
Registration/Check-In begins
Lunch Buffet opens
Welcome Remarks & Keynote Address begins
Day 1 Concludes
Reception at Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts starts

February 22:

7:15 a.m.
7:30 a.m.
8:15 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
3:00 p.m.
Registration/Check-In begins
Continental Breakfast Served
Breakout-Sessions start
Lunch Buffet opens
Day 2 Concludes


McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center

2521 17th Street, Lubbock 
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

Hotel Information:

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at the Overton Hotel and Conference Center, and at Hyatt Place in Lubbock. Note that the reservation cut-off for special conference rates is 2/6/2017. Find reservation details here.


To register for the symposium, click on the link below. There is no charge for TTU faculty, staff, and students to attend. The Registration fee for faculty and staff from other institutions is $50 for the 2-day symposium, or $30 for 1-day attendance. Student fees are $30 for the 2-day symposium or $15 for 1-day attendance. Registration includes lunch and breaks on both days, one evening reception on Day 1 and breakfast on Day 2.

Register Here!

For more information, contact :
Dr. Birgit Green,
Director, Office of Academic Engagement
E-Mail: birgit.green@ttu.edu
Phone: (806)834-2308