Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement: 
The Next Generation of Engaged Scholarship: Make Your Voice Heard

September 15, 2014, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
University of Massachusetts Boston

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Hosted by NERCHE and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College, the Annual Lynton Colloquium was attended by over 100 faculty, administrators, and students who spent the day engaged in collective and collaborative inquiry honoring the pioneering work of Ernest A. Lynton and the legacy of his contributions to publicly engaged scholarship.

This year's Colloquium launched a new research initiative aimed at studying key community engagement issues identified by a crowd-sourcing methodology and input from Colloquium participants. Grounded in the work of NERCHE's Next Generation Engagement project and the CED's focus on academic programs in civic engagement, the Lynton Colloquium and the Request for Proposals which grew out of the meeting seek to foster sustained and systematic investigations that will support deeper understandings of and clearer actions around critical issues in advancing community engaged scholarship.

The Colloquium was guided by a framing statement designed to help participants identify, make sense of, and work through some of the critical issues in the field of community engagement.  Click here to view the framing statement.

The Colloquium featured presentations (see below) and discussions that highlighted reoccurring research priorities in the field. Participants further prioritized these research areas and formed potential research "working groups" to carry out  research in 2014-2015.  Learn more about the 2015 Advancing Current Critical Issues in Community Engagement Research grant recipients.  

The results of these working groups will be presented at the 2015 Lynton Colloquium. 

For more information about the research initiative, visit the CED website.

Colloquium Presenters

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Andrew Furco (joined remotely)
Associate Professor, Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, Office for Public Engagement
University of Minnesota

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Emily Janke(joined remotely)
Associate Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies
Director, Institute for Community & Economic Engagement
University of North Carolina Greensboro

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Tania Mitchell (joined remotely)
Assistant Professor, Postsecondary Teaching and Learning
University of Minnesota

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KerryAnn O'Meara (joined remotely)
Associate Professor, Higher Education
Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education
University of Maryland, College Park

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John Reiff 
Director, Civic Engagement & Service-Learning
Senior Lecturer
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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Discussion Moderator:


Elaine Ward
2014 Lynton Colloquium Program Chair
Assistant Professor of Education, Higher Education, Merrimack College
2014-2015 Visiting Scholar, NERCHE

Colloquium Schedule

8:30 – 10:00 AM:

Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 – 10:15:

Welcome and Opening Comments
With introductory remarks by:


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Michael Middleton
Dean, College of Education and Human Development,
University of Massachusetts Boston

10:15 – 10:30:

Framing of the Day:
What are the critical issues in Community Engaged Scholarship? 

View Framing Statement

10:30 – 11:45:

Critical Issues Framed by Field Experts

12:00 – 1:15 PM:

Keynote Luncheon:
Presentation of the 2014 Ernest A. Lynton Award to:

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Jomella Watson-Thompson

Assistant Professor of Applied Behavioral Science
Associate Director for the Work Group for Community Health and Development
University of Kansas

Keynote Address by Dr. Watson-Thompson

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With introductory remarks by:

Keith Motley 
J. Keith Motley

University of Massachusetts Boston


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Dwight E. Giles Jr.

Professor, College of Education and Human Development
University of Massachusetts Boston

1:20 – 3:30:

Critical Issues in the Field:
Dialogue and Deliberation on Priority Issues, 2014-2015

3:30 – 4:00:

Closing Remarks



NERCHE and CED would like to thank the following Colloquium sponsors for their generous support of the 2014 Lynton Colloquium:


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  ELC logo RGBEmerson College logo
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  ConnCollege logo

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RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and Learning Center

  MWCC Center for Civic Learning logo
  Tulane logo
  Bentley logo

NY Campus Compact



Office for Faculty Development, 
Civic Engagement Scholars Initiative


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 The Ginsberg Center's
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  Netter Center logo
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Office of the Chancellor

Office of Community Partnerships

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Other support provided by:


Office of the Chancellor

For additional information about the Lynton Colloquium, please visit the NERCHE or CED websites and direct any questions to Dr. Elaine Ward at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .