Category Archives: engagement

Back to Blacksburg

Well, I’m back in Blacksburg after an incredible global adventure.  Many more pictures and stories will follow, but for now I have two goals: (1) to express how incredibly enriching of an experience I had, and (2) to report back … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, dissertation, engagement, GPP13, Productivity, research, summer

Hello from Zurich!

Hello all!  I am happy to check in from the Hotel St. Joseph in Zurich.  I have spent the last week on the whirlwind trip of a lifetime across Switzerland.  Across the span of a week, I explored Zurich, Lausanne, … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in Academia, engagement, GPP13, Grad School, reflection

Citizen Scholarship

I’ve become involved this semester with Virginia Tech’s Citizen Scholar Program.  It’s a wonderful program with the goal of “encouraging graduate students to create a mutually beneficial partnership with the community by utilizing their research and academic skills to solve … Continue reading Continue reading

Posted in citizen scholarship, engagement, Students

Appreciative Inquiry

I first learned about Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in my community development and education class. I was intrigued by its positive foundation especially in the context of community development, which can, quite frankly, be depressing and complex. I remember processing appreciative inquiry’s 4-D cycle in class. As a practitioner in community development the first question I […] Continue reading

Posted in appreciative inquiry, appreciative pedagogy, best experiences, celebrate, collaboration, contemporary pedagogy, engagement, inclusiveness, participation, positive