Community Engagement at SHSU


Present Focus

  • Assessment: Partnerships, Faculty, Students, and Data Collection
  • Sustainability: Partnerships, Visibility, Funding, Buy-In, Awards, and Strategic Planning


  • Established Center Staff: Full time Media Specialist
  • Began Homelessness In Huntsville Initiative  
  • Broke ground at Bearkat Community Gardens
  • Joined the Greater Houston Civic Engagement Council
  • Developed and marketed new Minor in Community Leadership


  • Conceived and hosted first annual The Gathering


  • Established Center Staff: 1/2 time Director and 1/2 time Office Manager
  • Expanded Interdisciplinary Course Work
  • Sponsored 1st Community Partner Luncheon


  • Established Center Staff: 1/2 time Administrative Assistant
  • Formalized ACE Course Assessment (BACE Scale)
  • Created ACE Researchers Program
  • Developed Assess of Community/SHSU Partnership
  • Obtained 1st Endowment


  • Established the Center for Community Engagement:  1/2 time Executive Director
  • Established the Advisory Board for the Center


  • Established the 4th University Award: David Payne Academic Community Engagement Award
  • ACE Instructors Recognized at Annual President's Address to Faculty and Staff
  • Formalized Partnerships with Key Community Organizations
  • Built Database of Community Organizations and their Needs
  • Formally Designated ACE Courses on Class Schedule


  • Received Carnegie Award for Community Engagement
  • Began Faculty Presentations & Workshops
  • Developed Matrix: Integrate Community Engagement with FES
  • Began Informal Assessments of ACE Courses
  • Encouraged College Awards for Community Engagement


  • Established Engaged Scholars Committee
  • Explicit link to courses (ACE)
  • Developed Guidelines for ACE Courses
  • Began work on Carnegie Award for Community Engagement
  • Presentations to Faculty Senate & Deans on inclusion in University FES


  • Insitutionalized Initiatives: Speakers, Voting, Constitution Day, Essay Contest, and Movies
  • Joined Campus Compact (2007)
  • Promoted Faculty Civic Engagement Awards
  • Began to see the link between Academics and Community Engagement
  • Volunteerism vs. Academic Community Engagement


  • Formed American Democracy Project (ADP) Committee
  • Focus: Civic Engagement