Wichita State Engagement Activities
While the Strategic Engagement and Planning is the “tip of the spear” for engagement activities at Wichita State, an engaged university has an ethos of service and partnership. Wichita State’s approach to engagement is invitational… all faculty, staff and students are encouraged to incorporate community engagement into all aspects of their work. Teaching and learning, scholarship and creativity, service and outreach are all avenues that can be used to generate impact.
In addition to the units reporting to the Strategic Engagement and Planning the following units also serve as ambassadors of engagement.
Engagement in Service
- Service Learning - Service Learning as Wichita state is an experiential learning method that integrates community service with instruction and reflection to improve student civic-mindedness and build community capacity.
- Community Engagement in Military, Veteran and First Responders
- Community Service Board - Wichita State University’s Community Service Board is a student organization that works to address issues of public concern through service and active citizenship in the community. Our volunteer events are rewarding experiences that complement students' academic pursuits, allowing them to engage and develop while helping build a more vibrant campus culture that enhances their journey as Shockers.
- WU Crew - Many Wichita State faculty and staff are involved in community service projects. The Wu Crew is Shocker faculty and staff serving the Wichita community through personal projects and group projects. WSU faculty and staff that volunteer their time on various projects that serve the community can be a part of the Wu Crew.
Engagement in Teaching
- Service Learning Scholars – Fellows implement a service-learning component as part of the curriculum. Each scholar is expected to utilize VolunteerICT for tracking service hours and have their course represented at the annual Service-Learning Showcase. These faculty fellows also serve as a resource to peers in their academic college.
Engagement in Research
- Community Research Award - The Community Research Award recognizes a faculty member who has established an exemplary and demonstrable record of scholarship extended to external constituents resulting in significant outcome for individuals, organizations, or community in problem solving or development. Full-time faculty who have served at WSU for at least three years are eligible. The recipient is awarded $2,500.