UA to Host 2012 National Outreach Scholarship Conference
The annual conference showcases progress in this area through presentations of the year’s most successful projects. Dr. Samory Pruitt, vice president for community affairs, is UA’s NOSC representative as well as a member of the NOSC board of directors. Dr. Ed Mullins, director of community research and communication, is a member of the implementation committee, which plans the conference.
“We see it as a major event for our campus that will have a lasting impact on campus as a whole, as we look at outreach and community partnerships and the direction universities are going,” said Janet Griffith, assistant provost for communications. “We have wanted to host a major academic meeting for many years. Our leadership role in community-based partnerships nationally and with the National Outreach Scholarship Conference has put us in line to host this meeting in 2012.”
Dr. Carolyn Dahl, dean of the College of Continuing Studies and a leader nationally in community outreach and engagement scholarship, will co-chair the NOSC 2012 conference. Staff members from the College of Continuing Studies with extensive experience in conference planning have already begun work on logistical support for the 2012 event.
The NOSC is a collaborative venture of the National Outreach Scholarship Partnership. UA is one of 17 members of the partnership and is the first non-land-grant institution to have joined.
Approximately 25 representatives from UA will attend the 11th annual NOSC from Oct. 4-6 this year, hosted by North Carolina State University. UA has the third largest representation, after North Carolina State and East Carolina University, and has three presenters, one panel and six “conveners,” or session moderators. More than 550 people in all are expected to attend the conference.
For more information about the National Outreach Scholarship Partnership, please visit outreachscholarship.org.