HHS Community Engagement
HHS "beta tests" Engaged Scholarship
The School of Health and Human Sciences has been chosen to “beta test” engaged
scholarship for UNCG. Through our efforts, we will provide a model for
UNCG on how to both measure and promote community engagement - this work will position
UNCG to be a system-wide leader in this important area.
Disciplines within HHS, by their very
nature, address the needs of individuals, families, and communities from diverse cultures across
the entire lifespan. The Departments and programs have a great mix of scholars known
for their knowledge and contributions to communities across the state and beyond.
HHS has a total of 854 community affiliations either by faculty engagement and
service in communities, or by students’ service, internships, or clinical placements.
HHS Community Engagement Survey
To tell the HHS Engagement story, Dean Celia Hooper appointed Dr. Bob Wineburg, the
Jefferson Pilot Excellence Professor, as HHS Director of Community Engagement. Bob’s first
charge was to obtain a data driven picture of HHS engagement with a Community Engagement Survey.
The survey, with an astounding 83% response rate, tells us what engagement looks like in terms
of duration, faculty status, outcomes, challenges, and needs.
Early results show that HHS faculty on average have four organizational affiliations where they:
- Conduct collaborative research with partners.
- Work with students on organizationally based research projects and other student
- Guide organizations in governance, such as serving as a board member .
- Participate in advocacy roles that promote and enhance the work of their partner
Committment to Engagement
governance, promotion and tenure documents, and a strategic
plan for the School, give attention to the inclusion of community engagement,
to ensure that it “gets counted.”
Faculty pursuing promotion and tenure are able to proudly
showcase their level of engagement with communities, alongside their accomplishments in
research and teaching; support for the growth of Community Engagement is now rightfully
one of three goals for our School's strategic plan.
See also the Vision, Mission, and Values of HHS.