Graduate School Forum Events
The Graduate School provides interdisciplinary workshops and online resources for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees at the University of Minnesota. In response to growing interest in learning about the approaches, career paths, and strategies associated with publicly engaged scholarship, the Graduate School has and will continue to offer forum and panel events co-sponsored by the Office for Public Engagement. Visit the Graduate School's Career page for information about upcoming events. For questions, contact: Noro Andriamanalina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Summer Advanced Research Program
Applications are now being accepted for the 2013 Summer Advanced Research Program, designed for current health sciences students with an interest in clinical or translational research. Applications due by noon on Tuesday, January 29, 2013.
Black Graduate and Professional Student’s Association’s (BGAPSA) Black Scholars' Series
BGAPSA's Black Scholars Series is a bi-weekly program which allows black graduate students of any discipline or professional school to talk about their research and professional interests in a safe, informal environment amongst professors and intellectual peers. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to participate in sessions where questions and suggestions are encouraged. Undergraduates interested in graduate school are encouraged to come in order to learn more about graduate school and the type of research and activities that graduate students conduct. For more information, visit BGAPSA's web page. For questions contact: email@example.com.
Do What Matters. How do you want to engage?
Finding ways to get involved on and off-campus is as easy as being on Facebook or Twitter! Run by students for students, Do What Matters is a collection of resources to help students learn about all kinds of opportunities to get engaged in meaningful activities both on-campus and within the Twin Cities community. Like Do What Matters on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or just scavenge through our daily Blog posts to find the things that interest you the most. Also make sure to check out the Engage! search for a lot more opportunities that tend to be ongoing or longer term ways to Do What Matters.
FSoS 5150 Special Topics in Family Social Science: Citizen Professional Work with Families and Communities.
Democratic professionalism is a new way to approach family, health, and social problems. Students will learn the steps in uncovering community “pressure points” and catalyzing citizen action projects in their areas of interest. They will also learn the elements of Community Based Participatory Research. Application will be made to a wide range of professions, including health care, social services, youth work, family law, and education. A variety of guest professionals and community members will describe their work in the community. This course is 3 credits and will be held Mondays from 3:00–5:45 pm. The instructor is William J. Doherty; contact with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Semester 2013 Course Offerings
OLPD 5080 Public Engagement and Higher Education
This course is designed to introduce students to the study and practice of public engagement in higher education. Students consider the civic roles of post-secondary education institutions both past and present. Special attention is paid to contemporary philosophies and practices of engagement, and how engagement is expressed in various institutional contexts. This course is designed for both practitioners and scholars who seek to deepen their understandings about the ways in which institutions might become more productively involved with communities they serve. This 3-credit course meets during Spring semester, and will be taught by Professor Andrew Furco. Contact email@example.com with questions.
PsTL 8010-001 Service Learning: Pedagogy and Praxis
This course focuses on understanding the history, theory, and practice of service-learning. Key concepts addressed in this class include: responsive community partnerships, the meaning of service, power and positionality in community-based learning, the role of reflection, critical pedagogy, social justice, civic learning, and experience design. The class will locate itself in the national (and growing international) context of service-learning and civic engagement as a field. The field of service-learning has grown rapidly over the past three decades. Research indicates that service-learning coursework has many positive effects on students, and has the potential to positively impact communities. Many faculty, students, and community members have become involved with service-learning courses because of the potential to enact positive social change. However, service-learning is still contested as a valuable pedagogy, particularly within academe. The course will be taught by Dr. Tania Mitchell and will be offered Mondays (4:40-7:20pm). For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community-based Participatory Research Course
Wednesdays, 4-6pm (Jan 23 – May 1)
This is an introductory course about Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) intended for graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding CBPR to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing social and health disparities. We will explore the purpose and applications of CBPR; partnership formation and maintenance; issues of power, trust, race, class, and social justice; conflict resolution; ethical issues; and CBPR's relationship to cultural knowledge systems. This is not a methodology course. CBPR is an approach to conducting research that is amenable to various research designs and methodologies. This course focuses on the approach and will not cover topics such as survey design, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, focus groups, community needs assessment procedures, etc.
Some content will be delivered online. Independent readings, online learning and reflections will be expected between sessions. The class will meet for 2 hours weekly in a discussion-based, and interactive activity, format. We will be visited by CBPR practitioners and visit an important community partner. Students will complete a final individual or group project of their choosing.
As a model of the participatory approach, course content will be responsive to needs and interests of students, within the broad categories of topics aligned with course objectives.
Cathy Jordan, PhD
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Director, Children, Youth and Family Consortium
For Graduate Level Academic Credit (2 credits): Students currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of MN should register for this course through their program via the One Stop class registration system.
Students who have not been admitted to a graduate level program are considered Non-degree seeking students. If you are in this category and are interested in earning graduate credit you must submit a “Registration Request for Graduate Credit” form: http://policy.umn.edu/forms/otr/otr026.pdf . Please contact Maureen Andrew at email@example.com for a permission number. When the registration form has been completed and a permission number has been obtained the form should be faxed to the School of Public Health Student Services Center at 612/624-4498 or delivered to D305 Mayo Memorial Building.
For class participants NOT seeking Academic Credit (community members, faculty, staff): Community members may register for the course for $50 and earn a certificate for continuing education documentation (no community member will be turned away for inability to pay). Please submit a 1-2 paragraph response to the following questions: What is your prior experience with research as a participant or researcher? Why do you wish to take this course and how will it benefit you or your organization? Please email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be notified how to register and pay.
For Graduate Level Academic Credit (2 credits): Current graduate students will be charged the same rate of tuition as required by their program.
Non-admitted students will be charged $1658 ($829 per credit) plus fees.
For students NOT seeking academic credit (e.g. community members): A fee of $50 will be charged.
This course is offered by the School of Public Health in collaboration with the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations within the Medical School through a National Cancer Institute grant.