Carnegie Community Engagement Classification - Canadian Pilot

The Canadian Pilot Cohort is activating change in higher education, to advance community engagement as a mutual and reciprocal process.

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What is the Carnegie Project?

The Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification  is an elective classification and has been the leading framework for institutional assessment and recognition of community engagement in US higher education for the past 14 years. It is based on voluntary participation by institutions. The elective classification involves data collection and documentation of important aspects of institutional mission, identity and commitments, and requires substantial effort invested by participating institutions.

A Canadian Pilot Cohort (CPC) convened to explore the Classification and consider how it can support community engagement in the Canadian context. From 2019 to 2021, the CPC worked together as a learning community to explore the existing Classification. In June 2021, a Closing Convening of the pilot phase included a review of the experience with the self-study process and a conversation about what is uniquely Canadian. The CPC is now working together as a learning community to identify needed adjustments to the existing US Classification, recommend solutions, and contribute to the co-development of a Canadian version of the Classification.

What is Community Engagement?

"Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial creation and exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The purpose of community engagement is the partnership (of knowledge and resources) between colleges and universities and the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."

-The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


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Steering Committee

Leslie Reid

Dr. Leslie Reid

Dr. Leslie Reid is the Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning, and a teaching professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. She served as associate dean of teaching and learning in the Faculty of Science from 2012-2017, where she supported the creation of educational development programs that help enhance learning and teaching experiences for students and staff. Leslie’s scholarly work focuses on STEM teaching and learning, and educational development for academic staff. In 2011, Leslie was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, and in 2014, she received a University of Calgary Teaching Award for Educational Leadership.

Penny Pexman

Dr. Penny Pexman

Dr. Penny Pexman is Associate Vice-President (Research) and a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. Pexman’s research expertise is in cognitive development, psycholinguistics, and cognitive neuroscience, and she has published more than 100 articles in some of the top journals in these fields. Pexman was appointed the University of Calgary’s SSHRC Leader in 2017, and in that role serves as a point of contact between SSHRC and the University of Calgary. An award-winning mentor and researcher, Pexman is an elected Fellow of both the Canadian Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Susan Mide Kiss

Susan Mide Kiss

Susan Mide Kiss is the Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in Community Engagement within the Vice Provost Teaching and Learning (VPTL) portfolio at the University of Calgary. Recently seconded into this two-year role, Susan is responsible for leading the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement Canadian Pilot for the university along with advancing other strategic initiatives in community engagement. Before joining the VPTL portfolio, Susan served as the Senior Director, Community Engagement in the University Relations (UR) division. And prior to joining the UR team in 2011, Susan held a leadership role with a health research initiative in UCalgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria, a graduate certificate from the American University (Washington D.C.) and a Master of Arts degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Erin Kaipainen

Erin Kaipainen

Erin Kaipainen is the Senior Specialist, Experiential Learning with the Taylor Institute of Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary. Prior to taking on this role to support the expansion of Experiential and Work-Integrated Learning, Erin spent 12 years in student affairs advancing community service-learning initiatives and supporting student engagement at UCalgary and Carleton University. Erin is passionate about campus community partnerships, working with students as partners and fostering student thriving. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Literature and a Master of Arts degree in Social Justice and Equity Studies, both from Brock University.

Advisory Group

  • Leslie Reid, Vice-Provost (Teaching & Learning)
  • Susan Mide Kiss, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives in Community Engagement
  • Adnan Ahmed, Office of Institutional Analysis
  • Áine Keogh, Office of Sustainability
  • Aleem Bharwani, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Amy Warren, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Buffy St. Amand, UC International
  • Christine Sharp, Faculty of Science
  • Deb White, University of Calgary in Qatar
  • Dianne Mosher, Cumming School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Henderson, Haskayne School of Business
  • Ellen Perrault, Faculty of Social Work
  • Erin Kaipainen, Taylor Institute for Teaching & Learning
  • Fabian Neuhaus, School of Architecture, Planning & Landscape
  • Faculty of Kinesiology Representative (TBD)
  • Florentine Strzelczyk, Deputy Provost
  • Gabriela Santamaria, Continuing Education
  • Ian Holloway, Faculty of Law
  • Jennifer Adams, Werklund School of Education
  • Jennifer Quin, Student Services
  • Jennifer Sinclair, University Legal Counsel
  • Justine Wheeler, Libraries and Cultural Resources
  • Karen Benzies, Faculty of Nursing
  • Kinga Olszewska, Faculty of Arts
  • MacKinley Darlington, Office of Vice-President, Research
  • Meera Singh, Schulich School of Engineering
  • Mohammad Ali, Students' Union
  • Mohammad Mansouri, Graduate Students' Association (2019 - 2020)
  • Naser Ader, Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking
  • Omer Mansoor, Students’ Union (2019 - 2020)
  • Penny Pexman, Associate Vice-President Research
  • Shane Royal, Ancillary Services
  • Shawna Cunningham, Indigenous Engagement
  • Sheila Wasylyshyn, Office of Advancement
  • Sylvie Roy, Werklund School of Education
  • Tara Christie, Graduate Studies
  • Brittany Vine, Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids
  • Dexter Lam, Calgary Economic Development
  • Jessica O’Connell, United Way Calgary
  • Jordana Armstrong, Innovate Calgary
  • Melanie Hulsker, City of Calgary
  • Robert Perry, Calgary Urban Project Society
  • Shone Thistle, Calgary Pride
  • Tim Fox, Calgary Foundation

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