Councils and Initiatives
Council on Engaged Scholarship
The Council on Engaged Scholarship (COES) was formed in October 2012 to advance Penn State’s public research mission by creating an environment that fosters engaged teaching, engaged research, and engaged service. Today, the COES is composed of students, faculty, and staff from throughout the University. Council members recommend, develop, facilitate, and advance efforts to support a comprehensive, rich program of engaged scholarship. The three major sponsors are: Robert Pangborn, Vice President and Dean of Undergraduate Education; Damon Sims, Vice President for Student Affairs; and Craig Weidemann, Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education. The sponsors — along with a highly active COES membership that includes seven working sub-committees — guide strategy, develop and evaluate policy, foster collaboration, and advocate for the important role that engaged scholarship can play in re-imagining the twenty-first-century land-grant mission.
University Faculty Senate
The University Faculty Senate is the representative body of Penn State’s faculty with legislative authority on all matters pertaining to the educational interests of the University and all educational matters that concern the faculties of more than one college. Nine of 15 standing Senate committees were charged to address components of engaged scholarship that relate to committee foci. An engaged scholarship presentation was made to the full Faculty Senate on October 22, 2013. Each of the nine committees produced an informational report based on its specific charge, currently being compiled into an advisory and consultative report for consideration by the full senate in April 2014.
General Education Planning and Oversight Task Force
The General Education Planning and Oversight Task Force is charged with responsibilities that include developing the process for revisiting and revising general education. The Task Force’s guiding principle in revising General Education is to enable students to acquire the skills, knowledge, and experiences for living and working in interconnected and globalized contexts, so they can contribute to making life better for others, themselves, and the larger world. The Task Force recommends that engaged scholarship be encouraged as a fundamental element of the new curriculum, which has an implementation timeline of fall 2016.