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College of Education Welcomes Sandmann for Community Engagement Lecture

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The OSU College of Education welcomes Dr. Lorilee Sandmann, for a lecture entitled “If the Answer is Community Engagement, What is the Question?” on Friday, February 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Willard Hall, room 010.  The lecture is open to the university community and will be followed by a reception in Willard’s Anderson Family Living Room.

Sandmann to present Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. in Willard Hall.

A synopsis of Sandmann’s talk:
Community engagement – what, why and to what end? Increasingly, universities must address today’s local and global complex issues by engaging with key stakeholders outside the academy. This engagement often takes the form of mutually beneficial partnerships that produce and apply knowledge. For academic scholars, students and staff involved, this means applying expertise to real-world problems and collaborating with peers in other sectors who also bring their knowledge and wisdom to the table – a practice known as community-engaged scholarship. Through this session, you will know about community engagement as a strategy for you to be an effective, engaged scholarship tackling today’s “wicked” problems.

Sandmann is a University of Georgia Professor Emeritus in Lifelong Education, Administration and Policy. Previously she served as Associate Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at UGA and Executive Director of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The focus of Sandmann’s career has been developing knowledge that can help solve public problems through the collaboration of communities and institutions of higher education.

Based on her research, Sandmann has published widely in journals such as Review of Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Innovative Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, and Change among others. Her latest book is Institutionalizing Community Engagement in Higher Education: The First Wave of Carnegie Classified Institutions (Sandmann, Thornton, & Jaeger, 2009).

Questions about the Feb. 5 lecture can be directed to Rachel Potts at or (405) 744-8933.