NJ Campus Compact Position Announcement

Title: Associate Director of New Jersey Campus Compact VISTA Project
Project: NJ Statewide Collective Impact VISTA Project
Start Date: Position begins as soon as it is filled.
Supervisor: Dr. Saul Petersen, New Jersey Campus Compact (NJCC) Executive Director
Location: VISTA Project Hub, Bonner Foundation, 10 Mercer Street, Princeton NJ, 08540

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New Jersey Campus Compact Statewide Collective Impact VISTA Project Grows

(Jersey City, NJ – May 17) In 2016-2017, The New Jersey Campus Compact Statewide Collective Impact VISTA project will involve 18 cross-sector collaboratives each comprised of thirty plus stand-alone organizations from the public, nonprofit, higher education and philanthropic sectors that operate and serve low-income individuals, economically disadvantaged students, and Opportunity Youth on a city-wide or county-wide level. The target populations we seek to serve are economically disadvantaged students and their families, Opportunity Youth, including formerly incarcerated youth, and low income individuals, including formerly incarcerated adults.

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Merrimack School of Education & Social Policy Graduate Student Fellowship Deadline Approaching.

Merrimack School of Education & Social Policy currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 Community Engagement Master’s Program and we encourage qualified individuals to consider this program and apply.  The fellowship component includes yearlong service and a full-tuition scholarship.  They seek a diverse cohort of individuals who are interested in service learning, nonprofit leadership, community outreach, and social change. The deadline to apply is February 1st, 2016.
Please find more information about the Community Engagement program here. Interested individuals are welcome to contact Audrey Falk at


The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education is soliciting manuscripts for the 2016 edition.

The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education is an academic peer-reviewed journal with a focus on community/civic engagement. JPSHE aims to advance the status and prospects for publicly engaged teaching and research in the academy by showcasing the new disciplinary and/or pedagogical knowledge generated by engagement with the community. Missouri Campus Compact has published 5 volumes, beginning in 2011 all in print form. JPSHE is now hosted online in an open access format. More information concerning JPSHE can be found on our website:  

Call for Manuscripts – DEADLINE MARCH 11, 2016

JPSHE provides a venue for higher education faculty and administrative leadership to reflect on the ways that community engagement affects work in higher education. JPSHE welcomes diverse manuscripts, from empirically-based examinations to critical reflection pieces, theoretical investigations, commentaries, case studies, and pedagogical and research designs. All submissions must identify implications for the growth and viability of public scholarship in the academy. For full instructions and author guidelines, please see the JPSHE website or email us at  


Campus Compact’s Fifth Annual Eastern Region Conference Hosted at RU-N, NJIT, and ECC
By Saul Petersen

image2(Newark, NJ – Nov. 12) On October 14-16, 2015, Campus Compact convened its Fifth Annual Eastern Region Conference, “Moving Us Forward: At the Intersection of Community Engagement and Collective Impact,” on the campuses of Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N), New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and Essex County College (ECC).


The conference was convened by the eastern region of Campus Compact states and image1chaired by Dr. Saul Petersen, executive director of the New Jersey Campus Compact organization. As a New Jersey-based higher education presidents’ coalition, New Jersey Campus Compact (NJCC) is committed to realizing the full capacity for positive change that community engagement provides. In regards to envisioning a conference that would take place over 3 days at 3 neighboring higher education institutions, conference chair and executive director of New Jersey Campus Compact, Dr. Saul Petersen said, “In its very DNA, this conference needed to embody the antithesis of competition and the power and possibility of true collaboration when breaking new ground.” More than 200 professionals, scholars, and community leaders gathered at this year’s Eastern Region Conference to exchange ideas and share best practices on how to effectively utilize the collective resources and assets of postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, and municipalities to promote an engaged citizenry to ultimately help communities tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems.
 To Read Full Press Release: NJCC press release re.ERCC2015.docx (1)


Archived News

Stanford University seeks Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs & Community Engagement and Diversity

The successful candidate will provide leadership and direction in both University-wide and Student Affairs priorities, decision-making, programs and initiatives, as a member of the divisional executive team. In this role, the candidate will act as a thought leader and collaboratively and creatively work to advance the division’s vision, as well as the vision, priorities and program of the Community Engagement & Diversity unit. More….

Applications being accepted for NJCC Collective Impact VISTA Project  Details here

The NJ Statewide Collective Impact VISTA Project is directed by the Executive Director of NJ Campus Compact, the President of the Bonner Foundation, and the Assistant Chancellor at the College of New Jersey, in collaboration with the NJ Office of the Attorney General and the Secretary of the Office of Higher Education.

Nomination period open for Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

The award recognizes senior, tenured faculty for exemplary leadership in advancing students’ civic learning and higher education’s contributions to the public good, including teaching with engaged pedagogies, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional support for service-learning and civic engagement, conducting community-based research, and other means of acting on individual and institutional civic commitments.

The recipient and finalists will be announced in early fall 2015 and will be honored at Campus Compact’s 30th Anniversary Conference in March 2016. In addition, the winner will receive a $2,000 award. More information and application guidelines here.

 Call for Nominations: 2015 Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College
The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. View instructions for submitting nominations here.

Community engagement describes the collaboration between faculty and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
– Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
The Lynton Award emphasizes community-engaged scholarly work across faculty roles. The scholarship of engagement (also known as outreach scholarship, public scholarship, scholarship for the common good, community-based scholarship, and community-engaged scholarship) represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member’s expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution. In addition, NERCHE and CED conceptualize scholarly engagement in terms of social justice in a diverse democracy.

This year’s award will be presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), “A Love of Place: The Metropolitan Advantage”, which will be held from October 11-13, 2015, in Omaha, Nebraska. CUMU is a co-sponsor of the Award.

The 2015 award recipient will also be honored at the annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement, which will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Award Eligibility:
• Only full-time faculty from U.S. public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities are eligible for the Award.
• A faculty member who submits tenure materials for review prior to the Lynton Award application deadline is not eligible to apply for the Award.

2015 Lynton Award Nominations:
• Nominations can be made by academic colleagues, administrators, students, and community partners. Each nominator should aim to present a comprehensive account of the nominee’s publicly engaged teaching, research, and service. To this end, the application provides for the inclusion of the names and affiliations of additional nominators. Further, endorsements from individuals familiar with one or more aspects of the nominee’s work can be included in the supporting documentation of the application.
• In cases in which multiple individuals submit a single application for the nomination of a faculty member, one person should be designated as the primary nominator responsible for completing and submitting the application. Additional nominators can be noted in the appropriate section of the application.
• More than one faculty member from a single college or university may be nominated. Please complete separate applications for each nominee.

Nominators will submit nominations via an online application. To submit an application, please see the Application Instructions.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015, at 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Questions regarding this framework should be addressed to the Lynton Award Coordinator, Dr. Elaine Ward, at Merrimack College’s School of Education and Social Policy, by email at (subject line: “Lynton Award Help”) or by phone at (978) 837-4676.

Nominations Now Open for the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows

This award recognizes community-involved student leaders. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement…read more

Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCCC) recruiting for Associate Director of Programs

This is a full-time 12 month position will th Maryland-DC Campus Compact (MDCCC) which is a non-profit organization of 34 colleges and universities.  The position will work closely with the Executive Director (ED) and MDCCC team by coordinating coferences, retreats, workshops and grand administration…more information

Cornell University searching for Executive Director for “Engaged Cornell” Initiative

Seeking an innovative leader, active collaborator, and seasoned administrator who will develop and implement strategies to bring high-impact practices and community-engaged learning opportunities to students, faculty and staff through building a wide-range of collaborations and partnerships with diverse stakeholders in the local, national and global arenas.   For more information and to apply click here.

Executive Director position available with North Carolina Campus Compact

Apply by October 15th for priority consideration.
North Carolina Campus Compact is one of 34 state offices that comprise a national Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents who have a shared commitment to the public service mission of higher education. Hosted at Elon University, North Carolina Campus… read more

Call for Peer-Reviewers for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement

The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (JHEOE) seeks scholars and practitioners to serve as peer-reviewers for research articles focused on community engagement issues in higher education. Established in 1996, the mission of JHEOE is to serve as the premier peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal to advance theory and practice related to all forms of outreach and engagement between higher education institutions and communities.  A section of the journal is devoted to research, which includes studies of impact in the areas of public service, outreach, engagement, extension, engaged research, community-based research, community-based participatory research, action research, public scholarship, service-learning, and community service. The journal seeks reviewers to conduct critical and thorough reviews of research-focused articles that cut across a broad range of methodologies, designs, and disciplines.

To express your interest in serving as reviewer for the journal’s research section, please complete the Google form located here.

The William Jefferson Clinton Hunger Leadership Award accepting video applications from September 1 to November 2, 2014

This award is given annually by Stop Hunger Now and the North Carolina State University Center for Student Leadership, and Ethics and Public Service.  This cash award, which will be presented during the 2015 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit at the University of Guelph on February 20-22, 2015 recognizes outstanding students who have demonstrated leadership in areas related to food insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty and who are committed to a life of service in one of these areas or a related discipline. For more information, students can visit The Stop Hunger Now Organization  or contact Jan Rivero at mailto:jrivero@stophungernow.orgor Amanda Itliong at

NJ Campus Compact Releases “Issues of our Time “, Claiming Expanding Civic Engagement Will Give New Jersey Higher Ed a Competitive Advantage (6/14)

Statewide Higher Education Presidents’ Coalition demonstrates that engagement with communities increases access, promotes success, creates jobs and enhances community resilience.  Read press release

Campus Compact Appoints Andrew Seligsohn as Fifth President (4/14)

Boston, MA — The Campus Compact Board of Directors announced today that Dr. Andrew Seligsohn has been appointed the next president of the organization, effective June 2014.  He succeeds Maureen F. Curley who is retiring after serving in the role since 2006. Seligsohn currently serves as Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning at Rutgers University–Camden. Read more

Campus Compact Announces New Chair of National Board (3/14)

Dr. Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College, to assume leadership at pivotal moment for organization

Boston, MA — Dr. Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner College, has been named chairman of the board of Campus Compact, the nonprofit coalition of 1,100 college and university presidents committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education.  Dr. Guarasci assumes his post from outgoing chair Dr. James B. Dworkin, chancellor of Purdue University North Central on July 1, 2014. Read more… 

National Campus Compact Strategic Plan

The following four priorities will be emphasized through the strategic actions taken by the national network:

  • Establish meaningful, reciprocal community partnerships – support and highlight strong,sustainable, democratic partnerships between higher education and community organizations for positive impact on society.
  • Improve college access and retention – demonstrate that civic engagement is a vehicle for positively impacting an individual ability to access and achieve post secondary education.
  • Enhance college readiness in K to 12 education – improve and strengthen young people’s ability to have successful college careers.
  • Better prepare college students for their careers and for society – educate the next generation of citizens to be active and responsible participants in our democracy. Read more

According to the Bonner Foundation website, was designed for the following reason:

  • is a project of the Youth Policy Institute in collaboration with colleges and universities, beginning with those participating in the Bonner Foundation’s Bonner Program network.
  • This effort will connect the public policy research expertise and experience of the Youth Policy Institute with the direct service and community-based research programming of colleges and universities.
  • The “missing link” for many community change efforts is up-to-date, comprehensive, balanced information on the distinctly different solutions for addressing one or more related issues. This data, which we hope to provide in the websites and publications, will support more informed decision-making about the direction of policy and program change.