From: Faculty and Research E-Memo (memofrom@Colorado.EDU)
Date: Fri Feb 05 2010 - 21:17:02 MST
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2010 21:17:02 -0700 (MST) From: Faculty and Research E-Memo <memofrom@Colorado.EDU> Subject: Outreach and Engagement and the Faculty Report of Professional Activities
TO: Boulder Campus Teaching & Research Faculty,
Deans, Directors, Dept Chairs, System Administration
FROM: Stein Sture, Interim Provost
Anne Heinz, Dean, Continuing Education and Professional Studies
Associate Vice Chancellor for Summer Session, Outreach and
SENDER: Office for University Outreach, email@example.com
DATE: February 8, 2010
SUBJECT: Outreach and Engagement and the Faculty Report of Professional Activities
REPORTING OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
As part of the campus' annual Faculty Report of Professional Activities
(FRPA) process, faculty members have the option of identifying and
describing outreach and engagement pursuits in the context of their own
teaching, research, service and other scholarly activities.
We encourage faculty to exercise this option. By including outreach and
engagement endeavors as part of the FRPA process, faculty can help the
campus to tell the story of how both the campus and out partners benefit
from these relationships. The links among our mission, our exceptional
faculty, staff and student resources, and the citizenry of Colorado become
significantly more salient.
Examples of faculty outreach and engagement may include applied research,
technical assistance, demonstration projects, impact evaluations, or service
learning. Work with schools and teachers, community groups, local
governments, business organizations and the general public also represent
outreach and engagement activities.
REDEFINING OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT
As part of the Flagship 2030 strategic planning process, CU-Boulder is
redefining outreach and engagement. The goal is to create a more robust
definition that clearly articulates the role and participation of our
faculty, staff, and students. The outreach and engagement draft definition
as of February 4, 2010 follows:
At CU-Boulder, we define outreach and engagement as the ways faculty, staff
and students collaborate with external groups in mutually beneficial
partnerships that are grounded in scholarship and consistent with our role
and mission as a comprehensive research university.
For faculty, outreach rooted in scholarship enhances teaching, research,
creative work and service while addressing larger societal issues. For
students and staff, community engagement and service projects link campus
teaching and learning to civic responsibility and community well being. For
communities, partnering with CU-Boulder increases the capacity to address
important social, economic and cultural issues. At their best, outreach and
engagement activities provide significant learning and growth opportunities
to faculty, students, staff and partnering communities.
Whether through research projects, teaching activities, civic engagement or
service learning, the reciprocal nature of outreach and engagement enriches
both our academic mission and the communities we serve.
OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT DATA AVAILABLE
Six years ago we started collecting outreach and engagement data within
Faculty Affairs' on-line report for professional activities (FRPA).
Significant faculty response to the outreach feature has remained strong,
with more than half of all FRPA respondents choosing to add outreach
categories to their FRPA report. Further, every CU-Boulder department is
represented in the outreach data, giving us a glimpse at how each is
partnering with, benefiting from, and positively impacting groups across the
state. In fact, every campus department and institute is conducting
outreach within the context of its teaching, research, creative work, and/or
A complete summary of the department and school/college outreach FRPA data
from 2008 can be found at
If you would like an individual department report or faculty highlights from
the outreach data we have collected, please send your request to
Thank you for your continued support of this important work.
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