Getting involved with student engagement

The Office of the Dean invites COE faculty and staff who are interested in learning more about how to participate in student engagement and other high-impact practices to a noontime seminar featuring Renique Kersh, the university’s new associate vice provost for engaged learning.

Renique Kersh
Renique Kerch

Some of the topics Renique will cover include teaching assistants, themed learning communities, Research Rookies, Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research (USOAR), Huskie Services Scholars and funding opportunities for student engagement projects.

After briefly reviewing these programs, Renique will work with groups of faculty and staff who are interested in pursuing specific opportunities to create action plans.

Student engagement and experiential learning programs are a key component in the university’s strategy to boost both enrollments and retention rates. “I think there are real opportunities that the college has not taken advantage of in this area,” said Marc VanOverbeke, associate dean for academic affairs in the college. “We hope to build strong faculty and staff interest in these projects.”

The seminar will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 22 in Gabel 146 from noon to 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided. If you plan to eat lunch, please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 18 to Barb Andree at 753-8697 or

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