Dr. Emily Janke of UNCG has been named the 2014 Civic Engagement Sustainer Professional of the Year by North Carolina Campus Compact.
Janke is an associate professor in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies and is director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement. The honor was presented at the Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement Conference in Wilmington.
The civic engagement award recognizes staff at N.C. Campus Compact (NCCC) schools who work to institutionalize service on their campuses, support faculty and students, and form innovative campus-community partnerships. The Sustainer Award, which Janke received, is for someone who has worked in the field for five or more years. The Emerging Leader Award, recognizing those in the field for less than five years, went to Dr. Joe Blosser of High Point University.
Since joining UNCG in 2008, Janke has expanded the university’s community engagement. She has organized professional development for faculty and students on topics related to community partnerships and chaired the university’s engagement advisory committee.
She has chaired two UNC system task forces to develop and pilot engagement metrics for the 16-campus system. She also has led the design and development of UNCG’s “Collaboratory,” a searchable, online database that collects information about community-engagement projects and partnerships from all departments and campus units.
In commending Janke’s work, Chancellor Linda P. Brady called her a “transformational change agent” whose ability to collaborate with others “is key in our operationalizing a comprehensive vision of UNCG as an engaged institution.”
NCCC has 34 state affiliates. It builds the capacity of colleges and universities to produce engaged graduates and strengthen communities.
Reposted from UNCG News & Features
Story by Steve Gilliam, University Relations