Conferences with a Focus on Community Engagement

 Administrators or scholars might consider attending one of many conferences related to community engagement.


The Engagement Academy for University Leaders is designed for executives that have the ability to influence or participate in planning activities that develop strategic engagement operations and policies. This unique executive development program is designed for leaders responsible for developing institutional capacity for community engagement.

The Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning and Civic Engagement through Higher Education – At the 2012 conference we honor those who have gone before, and we look ahead to new frontiers of community service and civic engagement.

Imagining America is a consortium of universities and organizations whose primary focus lies in the recognition that humanities, arts, and design are indispensible to realizing the democratic, public, and civic purposes of American higher education. Annual national conferences are sites of collaboration, active dialogue, and problem solving around national issues. Each conference explores political, social, cultural, and physical contexts particular to the host city that inform local engagement initiatives, and reflect the national agenda that IA’s board and membership have defined in any given year.

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is an international non-profit organization devoted to promoting research and discussion about service-learning and community engagement. Each year IARSLCE holds a national conference dedicated to promoting the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system.

The Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching is a retreat that combines workshops, discussion sessions, and major addresses, with opportunities for informal discussion about excellence in college and university teaching and learning. This conference often has a special track in service-learning and experiential education.

The National Outreach Scholarship Conference is an annual meeting of engaged scholars and practitioners that provides institutions of higher learning with an opportunity to work together to enhance university-community partnerships rooted in scholarship and academic life.

Each year North Carolina Campus Compact hosts the Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement Conference(PACE), which provides faculty, staff, administrators and community stakeholders with valuable information and skills they can utilize in their civic engagement work. Workshops provide research, resources and best practice models for every aspect of civic engagement work. NCCC also hosts the Civic Engagement Institute, which is designed to thoroughly explore one civic engagement topic during a day-long gathering.