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Tony MonacoDear Colleagues,

Later this year the Talloires Network will turn ten years old. We’ve experienced tremendous growth in the number of institutions that have joined our vision for a community-centered university. But in many ways, our network is still young and just getting started.

In this month’s newsletter, we share a new report on our most recent gathering, the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. We also share exciting news about a recent publication by our Executive Director Rob Hollister, who narrates the story of civic engagement in our university and how it led to the idea for a global network of engaged universities in his article, “Building a University-Wide College of Citizenship and Public Service.

It is also a time of reflection for us, as we mourn the recent death of one of our Steering Committee leaders, Sir David Watson. His colleagues around the world took time to share their memories of David and celebrate his contributions to our movement. Take a moment to read our compilation of remembrances honoring him.

As always, this edition of the newsletter highlights leaders in the civic engagement movement, shares important resources from our regional partner networks, and informs you about conferences in Australia, Argentina, Egypt, and Italy.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco


Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement: Australia

April signals the tenth edition of the expanded “Leaders in the Civic Engagement Movement” series. This issue includes an introduction to Australia and two engaged universities: Charles Sturt University and University of Western Sydney. Interviews include Vice-Chancellor Andrew Vann (CSU), Vice-Chancellor Barney Glover (UWS), Professor Loshini Naidoo and Community Partner Eric Brace from the Australia Literacy and Numeracy Foundation. Learn More>>>



Partners News

You are invited to enroll in an online capacity building course administered by CLAYSS (Latin American Center for Service Learning). The topic of the course is “Service Learning in Higher Education.” It focuses on promoting the development of a high quality service-learning pedagogical proposal in Higher Education institutions. More info: English | Spanish

The Pakistan Chapter of the Talloires Network continues to grow. You can catch up on all the new developments for this national civic engagement network in their latest newsletter. Learn More>>>

The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) has new leadership. Enric Fossas, Rector of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (Spain), was appointed President of the Catalan Association of Public Universities. He is therefore also the new GUNi President. Learn More>>>

Talloires Network Programs and Announcements

The conference report for the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference has been recently published. In it, you will find information on all aspects of the influential gathering that took place last December in Cape Town, South Africa. This report, written by University World News, gives a flavor of the excitement of this meeting of minds – highlighting some of the trends and innovative ideas in higher education civic engagement as seen by the participants. Learn More>>>

Civic engagement leaders from around the world took the time to share their memories of one of our network’s leaders, Sir David Watson. His commitment to engaged universities shines through in the memories of the professors and practitioners that interacted with him throughout his illustrious career. Learn More>>>

We are hiring! The Talloires Network Secretariat is looking for a Program Administrator to join the team at Tufts University in the United States. The Program Administrator is responsible for organizing and managing conferences, workshops and other meetings; leading office management and systems; managing the annual MacJannet Prize Program; contributing to other core programs; and managing membership affairs. Learn More>>>


Opportunities and Announcements

The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. The deadline to submit nomination is May 15, 2015. Learn More>>>

Eastern Region Campus Compacts invites you to the Faculty Rewards Institute. Faculty reward systems need to change if they are to acknowledge the full range of scholarship of a diverse and engaged faculty. Join a knowledge-sharing community wherein campus teams will come together to tackle one or more faculty roles and rewards system reforms. Learn More>>>

The call for papers for the 12th International Conference of Engaged Scholars and Practitioners has been extended until April 24th. The conference, organized by Engagement Australia, will take place in Sydney from July 20th to the 22th. Learn More>>>


Papers and Publications

Talloires Network Executive Director Rob Hollister contributed to the American Association of Colleges and Universities publication, “Civic Engagement, Civic Development, and Higher Education.” His article, “Building a University-Wide College of Citizenship and Public Service” highlights civic engagement at Tufts University and the formation of the Talloires Network. Learn More>>>

The Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania has published a white paper titled, “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement.” The publication, supported by the National Science Foundation, presents a promising approach to advancing equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through higher education-community engagement. Learn More>>>

Ted Purinton, of the American University in Cairo, published an op-ed on University World News. The piece, titled “New Rankings Paint a False Picture of Arab Universities,”
focuses on the “dangers posed by conducting ranking studies without knowing regional contexts.” Learn More>>>


Upcoming Events

12th International Conference for Engaged Scholars and Practitioners. Kirribilli Club, Sydney, Australia. 20-22 July, 2015.

The annual Engagement Australia conference brings together a diverse group of academics and practitioners from a range of organisations to converse, share, learn and inspire. It is the premier annual gathering of engaged scholars and practitioners in Australia. Learn More>>>

Third Gathering of Service-Learning Researchers. Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 26th, 2015.

The Latin American Center for Service-Learning (CLAYSS) invites you to participate in this symposium that will take place at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. Calls for proposals are available in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Learn More>>>

The Second Responsible Management Education Research Conference: Inclusive Businesses. American University in Cairo, Egypt. 7-8 September, 2015.

This event will provide a forum for a truly global discussion of ideas, research, and showcasing projects and interventions that can help advance more inclusive businesses in practice and in management education, as well as achieving responsible business eco-systems. Call for papers now open. Learn More>>>

12th PASCAL International Conference: Connecting Cities and Universities as Strategic Frontiers. Catania, Italy. 7-9 October, 2015.

The theme of this, the 12th PASCAL Observatory Conference, concerns how cities and their regions are connected to their universities at strategic frontiers. These include knowledge and political frontiers, and each is linked to global challenges that include employment, migration, health, food security, culture, and climate change. Learn More>>>