Universitywide team to lead Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application
The designation recognizes “collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities."
The Commission on Outreach and International Affairs has appointed 18 people from across the university to lead an effort to retain Virginia Tech’s Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
The designation recognizes “collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities — local, state, national, global — for the mutually beneficial creation and exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”
“This type of engagement is at the core of Virginia Tech’s land-grant mission of teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach and engagement,” Short said. “Our engagement leaders work collaboratively to build strong university-community partnerships anchored in the rigor of scholarship and designed to help build community capacity.”
Virginia Tech was first classified for community engagement in 2006. Of the more than 4,000 universities in the country, it is one of only 80 that can claim that distinction as well as the Carnegie system’s elite “R1” research status.
The Elective Classification for Community Engagement is a voluntary classification that involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission. Selection is based on the alignment of the university’s mission, culture, leadership, resources, and practices in such a way that promotes community engagement among faculty, staff, and students.
“Virginia Tech is a force for good in communities across Virginia, the nation, and the world. The Carnegie Community Engagement designation is a testament to the commitment of our students, faculty, staff, and partners to push the boundaries of knowledge in order to make a difference in the world,” said Guru Ghosh, vice president for outreach and international affairs.
If reclassified, Virginia Tech will hold the engagement classification through 2032.
The Carnegie classification leadership team includes
- Amy Azano, professor in the School of Education and founding director of the Center for Rural Education
- Leanna Blevins, associate vice president for health sciences academic affairs at Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
- Jodie Brinkmann, assistant professor of practice of educational leadership in the School of Education
- Kristen Bush, assistant provost for regional accreditation
- Catherine Cotrupi, interim assistant dean and director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Strategic Partnerships for the Graduate School
- Diane Deffenbaugh, assistant director of communications for the Office of Engagement in Outreach and International Affairs
- Pamela Gilchrist, director of K-12 programs at the Virginia Tech Innovation Campus
- Jacob Grohs, associate professor in the Department of Engineering Education and interim director of the Center for Educational Networks and Impacts
- Ben Grove, associate director of strategy and administration for Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Marcus Johnson, professor in the School of Education
- Jessica Baty-McMillan, assistant director for service learning in VT Engage: The Center for Leadership and Service Learning
- David Moore, associate director for strategic partnerships in the Institute for Policy and Governance
- Susan E. Short, associate vice president for engagement in Outreach and International Affairs
- Cathy Sutphin, associate director of 4-H Youth Development in Virginia Cooperative Extension
- Scott Tate, associate director for community innovations at the Center for Economic and Community Engagement
- Cris Thompson, doctoral candidate in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
- Scott Weimer, executive director of Roanoke Regional Initiatives
- Ariana Wyatt, associate professor in the School of Performing Arts