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An Engaged Campus

A key goal for GSEE is to expand the role that universities play in encouraging their faculty and students to become engaged and to support and enhance the experiments in education they carry out. One idea for a new approach to university engagement that is currently being explored by GSEE is developing in detail the concept of The Engaged Campus and finding ways to encourage leaders in the global university community to embrace the concept and take the actions needed to meet some or all of the goals it defines. An engaged [in science education] campus could:

*maintain a registry of its engaged faculty that includes a description of the experiments in education in which they are or have been engaged

*provide incentives for faculty to become engaged that might include annual prizes for the innovative, scalable, and sustainable experiments in engagement they have initiated and carried out, engagement sabbatical leaves, and Engagement Professorships, such as the Presidential Engagement Professorships established by Northern Illinois University-

*provide information and assistance to young faculty who must include engagement in science education as part of a grant proposal

*add engagement to the criteria it uses for promotion to tenure and promotion within the tenured ranks

*require faculty to list their engagement activities as part of their professional profiles

*provide mechanisms and incentives for both undergraduate and graduate students to become engaged in K-12 STEM education

*encourage graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to include in their professional profiles a description of the challenge and excitement of their research that explains to the non-scientist its importance and its relevance

*establish a communications hub that encourages communication and collaboration between its engaged faculty and students

*set a short-term goal for the minimum percentage of its science, engineering, and agricultural faculty who are engaged while aiming for a long term goal of 100% for the percentage of its scientific, engineering, and agricultural faculty who are engaged in educating non-scientists about science.