|What is Curricular Engagement?|
Curricular engagement involves the intentional, collaborative, and systematic design of community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship at and across
individual, course, program, curriculum, unit, institution, and field levels of organization. Students, faculty / staff, and community partners collaborate and build
capacity to understand and resolve contemporary challenges through the integration of:
for change agency and democratic civic engagement.
To build capacity for and generate best practices around community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship
Co-creation, mutual transformation, scholarly practice, asset-based orientation
“A university is around to help [students] discover themselves, to unfold and be the magnificent human beings they are capable of being. So let’s give them a chance to do some thinking about it as they go along, as they discover this big universe of work, knowledge, leadership, enjoyment, fulfillment, and so on. Let them find out what’s inside of themselves, and let it come out.”
The words of NC State Chancellor Emeritus John T. Caldwell—spoken in reference to undergraduates—powerfully express my view of the fundamental purpose of education. As I see it, his words apply not only to students but to all who are touched by the academy: to faculty, staff, and administrators; to citizens and community partners; to institutions. These words point to the capacity for growth and to the centrality of inquiry in bringing that potential to fruition. They call for agency: for intentionality and responsibility. They anchor my work at the interface of community and campus and define my way of being as an educator. They provide a developmental lens through which I conceptualize, implement, and support change-oriented pedagogies of engagement.
The words of one of my former students express my corollary conviction that much is to be gained if we all come to see the educational institution as the "real world" rather than only as a time and place of preparation for that world. By positioning students fully alongside faculty and community partners as co-educators, co-learners, and co-generators of knowledge, community-engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship are powerful mechanisms for "engaging students with the world, now":
"We have to keep striving, not only towards fulfilling the hope that all students will become active citizens,
but the intention that they will be active citizens, that they will be committed to changing their own lives and
the lives of those around them, both now and in the future.”
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