Northeastern University: Center of Community Services

Publicly Engaged Scholar-in-Residence

The Service-Learning staff and Advisory Board want to extend a sincere thank you to all who joined us for our Inaugural Publicly Engaged Scholar-in-Residence Discussion Series featuring Dr. Timothy K. Eatman on January 31st-February 1st. A special thank you to the incredible Dr. Eatman for his captivating and thoughtful facilitation, and to our community collaborators who helped to co-create the agenda.

The event consisted of a two day discussion series where Dr. Eatman engaged various stakeholder groups in eight 30-90 minutes sessions and concluded with a summary presentation highlighting both insights and patterns observed as well as how these are situated within the broader landscape of engaged work in higher education internationally. Dr Eatman’s Keynote Speech: Beware of Shrinking Imagination encouraged us to think critically about the role of higher ed institutions in community organizing and movement building. He centered the presentation around this question: What kinds of higher ed institutions does a strong democracy need? This discussion was a call to action to build democratically engaged institutions, to keep being creative, and to continue building our community.

You can access notes with images from our graphic scribe, Tamra Carhart, here; and photos taken throughout the event, here

Meet Dr. Timothy K. Eatman

Dr. Timothy K. Eatman is an educational sociologist and publicly engaged scholar who serves as the inaugural Dean of the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) and as an Associate Professor in the department of Urban Education at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. For over a decade, he served as the Director of Research and Faculty Co-Director, respectively, at Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. Dr. Eatman is a widely sought-after speaker, workshop facilitator, and collaborator who has earned local, national, and international recognition for his leadership in advancing understandings about the multi-faceted impact of publicly engaged scholarship.

Event Summary

These two days were filled with meaningful conversation, partnership building, and what it means to be a part of a community that cares so deeply about the role of higher education in creating change. Dr. Eatman facilitated eight sessions that ranged from 30 to 90 minutes and completed his two-day series with a Keynote Discussion warning us to “Beware of Shrinking Imagination.”

If you were not able to make it to a session, or are interested in reviewing what was discussed in each, we encourage you to take a look through this public google folder which hosts session notes and images from our graphic scribe Tamra Carhart. Additional resources and information from the session can be accessed through Dr. Eatman’s collaborative etherpad linkThis etherpad is a great place to review or any additional notes, comments, and reflections you had from the sessions. 

Schedule of Events

View full session descriptions here. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

  • 10:30am-12:00pm Workshop: Unlocking Unconscious Biases
  • 12:15-1:15pm Consulting Workshop: Service-Learning & Community-Engaged Research
  • 1:30-2:00pm Quick Bite: Technology Tools for Collaboration Scholarship
  • 2:15-3:15pm Round Table: Creating a Research Community
  • 3:30-5:30pm Story Circle

Friday, February 1, 2019

  • 9:30-10:30am Round Table: Listening to the Community
  • 10:45am-12:15pm Workshop: Research Methods
  • 1:00-1:30pm Quick Bite: Faculty Rewards for Publicly Engaged Scholarship
  • 1:45-3:15pm Workshop: Youth Volunteering – Tricks of the Trade
  • 4:30-5:00pm Keynote Reception
  • 5:00-6:00pm Keynote Speech: Beware of Shrinking Imagination

Framing Questions

The Service-Learning Advisory Board at Northeastern wanted to explore what it means to be at a university and be in a community while working for positive engagement. We wanted to generate new conversations and connections around some key questions, such as:

  • How can we bring together campus stakeholders (administrators, community partners, students, faculty, employers) for the purpose of mapping, understanding, and enhancing ethical  synergistic community engagement opportunities?
  • How can we best identify potential around common and joined initiatives (internally and externally) to better understand the ecosystem at Northeastern around publicly engaged work and scholarship?
  • How can we as members of the Northeastern and Boston communities strategically move forward as an ethical and engaged community of practice?
  • How can we efficiently partner with each other across campus and the community to “design strategic initiatives that build sustainable human communities through diverse networks, life-long learners and agile research?” (Northeastern Academic Plan 2025)