At the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE), we study and promote community engagement within UNCG and beyond as a distinctive and transformative approach to teaching, research, creative activity, and service, which requires collaborative and reciprocal partnerships. We achieve this through pursuing active research and scholarship, supporting institutional strategic initiatives, and providing professional development opportunities. We promote community engagement as a strategy to positively and sustainably transform communities, including academic ones, in ways that matter.


Launched in 2008 as a virtual organization to support regional and statewide economic and community engagement, the scope of activities and responsibilities of ICEE was subsumed within the Community Engagement Initiative. The 18-month visioning and planning process for excellence in community engagement was informed by a 30-person, cross-constituent advisory committee, led by the special assistant for community engagement, Emily Janke, Ph.D. For more information about UNCG’s history of engagement, please visit the History page.


ICEE was established in the Office of Research and Engagement in recognition of the important and essential interconnections between scholarship (which includes research, creative activity, teaching, and service), and economic, cultural, and community engagement. Serving as a central communication hub about community engagement activities, relationships, resources, scholarship, best practices, and outcomes, ICEE works with academic, student affairs, and administrative offices campus-wide to deepen, to make more pervasive, and to integrate community engagement into core academic work and systems for the purpose of advancing strategic institutional and community missions and goals.

  • Interpersonal, Intergroup, and Intra-organizational, and Cross-sector Partnerships
  • Partnership Identity Development Within Teams
  • Tensions, Conflict, and Healing
  • Defining Community Engagement in University Work
  • Recognizing and Rewarding the Mosaic of Faculty Talents and Community Engagement
  • Strategic Planning for Community Engagement within Higher Education Institutions & Associations
  • Tracking and Measuring Institutional Landscapes of Community Engagement
  • Institutional Identity, Image, and Communication Management
  • Community-Engaged Pedagogy and Methodology
  • Future Directions of Service-Learning and Community Engagement and Publicly Engaged Scholarship

To learn more in depth information about Our Scholarship and Activities, visit some of Our Work pages.

An annual series of conversations facilitated by international to local practitioner-scholars on how community-university engagement advances key institutional and regional strategies and goals.

An offering of bespoke consultations, professional development workshops, and an online collection of articles, journals, and tools to guide and connect UNCG members to national resources on community engagement, including a collection of resources that support the operationalization of community-engaged scholarship in promotion and tenure dossiers and reviews.

A three-year grant program that supports teams of faculty, staff, and community partners who seek to build the capacity of their members and structures so that community-engaged initiatives move from individual efforts to collective action and commitments.

UNCG faculty host learning communities focused on a variety of community engagement topics. The learning communities are open to faculty, staff, administrators, students, and community members.

A university-wide process of tracking UNCG’s connections to and collaborations with external communities by embedding into existing—and where necessary, new—systems for measuring and assessing the broad range of community-engaged activities, programs, and initiatives. This leads to improvements in programs, curricula, partnerships, and results, all of which benefits UNCG and broader communities.

A comprehensive plan of how ICEE manages communications. This plan discusses communication avenues, analytics, and our communications philosophy.

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