2022 Experiential Commons Scholar Summit, March 24-26

Experiential Commons, the podcast produced by the AERA Service-Learning and Experiential Education SIG, is proud to present our inaugural Experiential Commons Scholar Summit: Community-engaged Pedagogy and Practice to be held in-person March 24-26, 2022 in Charlottesville, VA at the University of Virginia. We are pleased to announce that this year’s event is graciously hosted by the University of Virginia’s Center for Teaching Excellence and sponsored by the UVA Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach.
In alignment with the mission of SIG041 and the strategic priorities of the University of Virginia, the goal of the Summit is to bring together a diverse community of faculty and staff from across the Commonwealth and the nation to share innovative, community-engaged pedagogical methods and practice-based tools that aim to enhance the student experience while addressing broader community-identified needs with a focus on high-impact practices (HIPS) and community-engaged teaching and learning best practices.
SUMMIT GOAL(S): The 2022 Experiential Commons Scholar Summit will help to build internal capacity for high-quality, high-impact community-engaged pedagogy and practice that meets the needs of students, faculty, staff, and the community while also enhancing the impact of existing pedagogy and practice. This summit aims to provide a pathway for faculty, staff, and community to collaboratively:
Increase representation in exposure to high-impact experiential learning for first-generation, Pell grant eligible, and underrepresented minoritized students;
Recognize community partners in community pedagogy and practice as co-educators and/or co-researchers;
Provide transferable methods and tools that enhance the student learning experience in the classroom and beyond;
Expand academic development opportunities for faculty, especially junior and underrepresented faculty, via engagement in community-engaged scholarship.
Summit attendees will receive professional learning from a diverse group of community-engaged faculty presenters. With over 24 sessions to choose from during the 2-day event, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in rich dialogue, network with others in the field, and gain take-away methods and tools to enhance their practice and their students’ learning. All attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a networking reception to coincide with UVA’s Public Service Week on the evening of Thursday, March 24, a Keynote Address by recognized leaders in the field on both Friday and Saturday mornings, a multitude of interactive PD sessions, and opportunities to engage with community partners and organizations in the Charlottesville area.
Interested in Presenting? As a presenter, you will receive two free nights of lodging in Charlottesville, VA from March 24-26, free conference registration, and free lunch daily. The Summit will host approximately 120 attendees from community-engaged institutions across Virginia and the nation so this is a great opportunity to network, brainstorm, and collaborate.
We are especially looking for sessions from presenters bringing diverse knowledges and perspectives from a wide variety of disciplines across all levels of higher education, to share their community-engaged teaching and learning frameworks, student/community collaborative projects, specific classroom tools and assignments, innovative reflection methods, dissemination of student work to/with the community, and assessment of student learning in community-engaged/experiential courses. There will also be opportunities for presenters and attendees to engage in small-group “how-to”, Q&A, and mentoring sessions.
If you are interested in submitting a session proposal, please click Link below for the full Call for Session Proposals and the submission link. For additional information or questions, please contact us at aerasig041@gmail.com