University–Community Partnerships

Chair: Richard Pulice
Cochair: Susan Lyman

As higher education institutions enhance their civic engagement and community outreach to better connect their community service mission with their teaching and research missions, schools of social work should provide leadership and involvement derived from their legacy of community outreach and service that is tied to applied teaching and research. The literature of university-community partnerships, service-learning, civic engagement, and the role and impact of higher education in and on communities has grown significantly in recent years, and schools of social work need to connect with this academic dialogue within their institutions and discipline, as well as across institutions and disciplines. This Track also demonstrates that social work education’s role in university-community partnerships through: 1) curriculum and field education, especially community-based or agency-based field laboratory or group models and initiatives; 2) leadership and administration that reflect social work program leadership of or significant engagement in institutional community partnership centers, institutes, or projects; 3) evaluation and research that assesses community partnerships or promotes engaged scholarship that benefits community partners in measurable or demonstrable ways; 4) social work pedagogy that develops and shares ideas and approaches for service-learning, university civic engagement, interdisciplinary collaborations, and higher education impact on communities and their issues.