CCCE Updates

Notes from the CCCE Director

How are we preparing an engaged citizenry?

Spring Term ACE Gathering – Wednesday, May 3

Please join us for the spring gathering of faculty and staff involved in Academic Civic Engagement. These gatherings are intended to provide an opportunity for faculty who teach courses using an academic civic engagement approach to share experiences and learn from each other, and to build a deeper sense of community. Drop in anytime from 4-6 pm in the Alumni Guest House for beverages, snacks, and community. Please RSVP by April 28 if you can join us. 

image promoting day of public scholarship Thursday June 8 2023

Day of Public Scholarship – Thursday, June 8

The CCCE and the Broom Fellow for Public Scholarship, Professor Palmar Alvarez-Blanco, are excited to invite Carleton faculty and staff with an interest in public scholarship to the Day of Public Scholarship on Thursday, June 8, from 9am-5pm at the Weitz Center.

We will hear from two experts who will share their public scholarship journeys: Dr. Ellen Mayock, author of Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace and professor at Washington & Lee, and Dr. Buffy Smith, Dean of the Dougherty Family College at the University of St Thomas. In the afternoon, writer and poet Sun Yung Shin will facilitate group and written reflections on public scholarship. Susan Gust, a Minneapolis-based community activist, community-based participatory research field leader, and public health instructor at the University of Minnesota, will also be in attendance.

For more information and to register, please see the Day of Public Scholarship webpage. Registration closes June 1.

ACE Collaborations

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The Carleton Math Comps Group: (back row left to right) Michael Dreger, Rachel Ziems, Tia Ahmed, Riley Madsen, Isaac Fried, (front row left to right) Michaela Polley, Andrea Ramos, and Raine Bernhard

Carleton Math Comps students work with local schools to develop applied curriculum

How applicable is algebra to everyday life? One Carleton Math Comps Group set out to answer this question for two classes of Northfield students this fall and winter. Their Comps project, titled “Unpacking Algebra: 98 Lessons with Applications,” is a 360 page book of lesson plans with real world applications for algebra and geometry, made in collaboration with two teachers in the Northfield Public Schools. This comps project was an Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) Comps opportunity, advised by Professor Deanna Haunsperger.

Public Scholarship at Carleton

the wandering house, an ice fishing house that has been turned in to a mobile community recording studio

Learn how Professor Cecilia Cornejo (CAMS) involves Carleton students in her public scholarship with The Wandering House

Interested in talking with other Carleton Faculty about Public Scholarship? Contact The CCCE and the Broom Fellow for Public Scholarship, Professor Palmar Alvarez-Blanco

ACE Resources and Funding Opportunities


Request funding through the CCCE to support your ACE course (honorariums, events, or transportation) or for an ACE TA or Public Scholarship Assistant. Rolling deadline (priority deadline for fall term TAs/Public Scholarship Assistants: August 15, 2023). We have started offering informal TA training for ACE TAs.

Puzak Endowed Fund for Experiential Learning and Community Engagement. Rolling deadline.

Incubator Grants to foster pedagogical and curricular exploration and innovation. Rolling deadline.

Non-Monetary Resources

Interesting reading: Civic Engagement in American Climate Policy: Collaborative Models

Recording of Re-Envisioning Publicly Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure, webinar featuring Dr. Timothy Eatman (Rutgers), Dr. Emily Janke (UNC Greensboro) and Dr. David Donahue (USF)

Recording of Dissertation Dish “Organization Development for an Engaged Campus: Assessing Narratives and Architecture to Direct Future Change” by Dr. Jamila Ducar, Executive Director of the Engaged Campus, University of Pittsburgh

Recording of Dissertation Dish “When There’s Good, There’s Good. When There’s Harm, There’s Harm”: Diverse Voices on Community Engagement by Dr. Carmine Perrotti, Assistant Director of Community-Engaged Scholarship at the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University

Events & Opportunities

Empty Bowls – May 12, 2023

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Join us on Friday, May 12 for the 19th annual Empty Bowls at Carleton!

The Empty Bowls project, founded in 1990, has become a prominent national and international movement with local potters, churches, artist organizations and schools raising funds and awareness to address hunger. Professor of Art Kelly Connole started Carleton’s version of the Empty Bowls event when she came to campus in 2004. 

Carleton’s Empty Bowls is an annual event that raises awareness around hunger issues and funds local food shelves run by the Community Action Center through a shared meal of community donated soup served in handmade bowls made by students in the Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) Ceramics course.  Typically 500-600 people attend the event and everyone is welcome, check out how it works!

This event is supported by the Art and Art History Department, Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE), Bon Appetit, Brick Oven Bakery, Bread People, and the Convocation Program.

The Carleton Humanities and Arts Trailer (CHAT) will be at Empty Bowls with informational materials on food access and food insecurity in Rice County and on campus, as well as an exhibit on the history of Empty Bowls at Carleton. The materials for the CHAT were created by students in Susan Jaret McKinstry’s winter term ACE course, News Stories, and CCCE Food and Environmental Justice Fellows.

Webinar: Partnership Success: Community Partner Perspectives on Community Engagement Hear from experienced community partners on how they have successfully partnered with community engagement colleagues at colleges. What has worked for them? What advice do they have for their fellow community organization representatives looking to partner with a college or university, and what do they want college representatives to hear? Wednesday May 3, 2-3:30pm Central, register in advance.

Gonzaga University to host Community Engagement Institute 2023 Registration is now available for the Partners in Campus and Community Engagement’s 2023 Community Engagement Institute hosted at Gonzaga University on May 24-25, 2023. Learn more about this event and how to register. 

Calls for Publications

The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning has an open call for “lively and original articles on research, theory, pedagogy, and other issues pertinent to (a) civic engagement, (b) campus-community partnerships, (c) curriculum-based and co-curricular service-learning, and (d) engaged/public scholarship in higher education”. Rolling deadline

Metropolitan Universities journal (MUJ) and Place Based Justice Network are collaborating on an upcoming special issue, Productive Tensions and Uncomfortable Conversations. Contributors to this issue will analyze the tension, uncomfortable conversations, and even failures in the work they do with respect to one or more of the following themes: external tensions, internal tensions, tension between words and action, and epistemic justice. Complete manuscripts are due June 15, 2023.

The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IJRSLCE) is a peer-reviewed online journal focused on service-learning, campus-community engagement, and the promotion of active and effective citizenship through education. The Editors are seeking submissions that reflect the breadth of scholarship in the service-learning and community engagement field. The Journal has five main sections: (1) Advances in Theory and Methodology; (2) Community Partnerships and Impacts; (3) Faculty Roles and Institutional Issues; (4) International Service-Learning and Community Engagement Research; and (5) Student Outcomes. The 2023 submission deadline is May 15.

Share your work on the radio with “The Academic Minute” AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella is host of the radio segment The Academic Minute, produced by WAMC Northeast Public Radio in partnership with AAC&U. The Academic Minute features professors and researchers from colleges and universities around the world discussing what’s new in the academy and the ways in which academic research contributes to serving the public good. Learn how about how to submit a pitch.