Building Better Communities provides a number of avenues for faculty to get involved in outreach and engagement.    

Engaged Scholarship Resources. 21st century universities are increasingly called upon to explore the “big questions” that challenge our communities, nation, and globe. Yet traditional definitions of performance and achievement can deter active engagement beyond the ivory tower. BBC provides support for faculty who combine discipline-based scholarship and community engagement. To learn more about engaged scholarship, view these recommended resources or contact Delaina Boyd

Project Support Services.  Do you have an idea for an outreach project or initiative and need help getting it off the ground?  Our experienced staff can help with project ideation and coordination, meeting management, connecting with external partners and seeking financial support. Contact Delaina Boyd to get started.    

Facility Access.  Faculty members have access to unique classroom and meeting spaces in Ball State’s Indianapolis Center, Fishers Center and the EB and Bertha C Ball Center in Muncie.  Contact each center to learn more about their facilities: 

  • Indianapolis Center: Kelly Favory, Director, Greater Indianapolis Area Distance Education Programs 
  • Fishers Center: Kelly Favory, Director, Greater Indianapolis Area Distance Education Programs 
  • E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center: Diane Watters, Facilities Manager    

Primacy of Place Knowledge Groups. At Ball State, knowledge groups provide a structure for faculty experts, staff and external partners from different disciplines to come together and pursue research and outreach opportunities in particular topic areas.  Within the Primacy of Place initiative, knowledge groups are forming to identify best practices and provide expertise in the following six topic areas: 

Contact Dick Heupel to get connected with one of these knowledge groups.    

BBC Fellows Mentoring. Through the Building Better Communities Fellows program, faculty can direct an interdisciplinary team of students as they work on a problem-based project for an Indiana company or organization. Faculty mentors receive compensation each semester of the project.  If you are interested in leading a project team, contact Kelli Huth.    

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