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Thank you for your interest in the Engagement Academy. Details on the next Academy will be available soon. Until then, scroll through our pictures from the 2-day symposium. (Special thanks to Mark Pearson, CLD, for photography)


Applications for the Land-grant Engagement are now closed. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-August.

The Office of the Vice President for Land-Grant Engagement is spearheading several initiatives to promote the university’s efforts within Kentucky communities. Given the multiple projects occurring, as well as the growing interest in engaged scholarship across campus, priorities are in place to capitalize on the synergy. One major initiative is the UK Engagement Academy.

The UK Engagement Academy will bring together UK Extension professionals, colleges, departments and/or units to build partnerships that thrive through Extension-sponsored and other engagement efforts. The goals include:

  • Hosting a 2-day symposium for county agents and campus-based faculty/staff/administrators to learn more about the significance of engaged scholarship through the lens of the land-grant mission
  • Emphasizing the role of the Cooperative Extension Service and its success as the outreach arm of the University of Kentucky
  • Educating new and current UK administrators on the position engagement plays to harness community change in the city of Lexington, the region and state
  • Highlighting and celebrating the impact local Extension programs have on local communities
  • Providing support to those UK scholars who focus on engagement by assuring that their work is valued equitably and seen as a relevant contribution

The Engagement Academy will be held on September 13-14, 2023. Those desirous of participating will have the opportunity to submit applications of interest. The number of participants will be limited. The first day would consist of seminars, opportunities to engage in discussions with colleagues and to learn about projects that could potentially lead to campus-wide collaborations. The second day would include a tour of several models of campus-community engagement efforts within the state of Kentucky.

Any questions should be directed to Dr. Kenneth Jones.