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2019 Continuous Improvement Conference


March 29, 2019 / 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM


Conference Center - 2nd Floor Morris University Center

Continuous Improvement Conference 

Developing and Deepening Community Engagement Partnerships for Learning, 

Inquiry, and Change 

For Faculty, Staff, Students and Community Members 

Download the 2019 CIC Event Documents - Package contains event schedule, campus and parking maps. 



Patti H. Clayton, Ph.D


Friday, March 29, 2019


8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Conference Center - 2nd Floor Morris University Center (MUC).  The MUC can be identified with the cougar statue in front of it. 


Guests may use the Morris University Center lot (Lot B).

For more parking information please visit SIUE Parking Services.


Asset-based. Reciprocal. Impactful. Just. What specifically are we doing, or might we do, to develop and deepen partnerships with these characteristics? Partnerships in which we are all, in the words of  community partner Amy Mondloch, “teachers, learners, and leaders”? In  which we are all positioned as co-educators, co-learners, and co-generators of knowledge and practice? Throughout this highly interactive day we will examine example community engagement partnerships/projects and explore several frameworks and tools that can help provide guidance for moving in the direction of co-created partnerships (including the tension between technocratic and democratic engagement, SOFAR-CIP partnership model, the TRES instrument for assessing partnership quality, and the “nudging the world” activity). We will co-generate ideas about what supports and what hinders co-creation in and of partnerships, with specific implications for our practice. And at the end of the day we will have the opportunity to dig into questions and concerns about our own particular community engaged courses, research projects, etc. in casual conversation with Patti. We will leave with a packet of materials, a set of strategies co-created through the day, and concrete possibilities for new and deepened partnerships focused on learning, on inquiry, and on change. 


Formation of new partnerships 

Clarify what community engagement is 

Motivate faculty to get involved in community engagement projects 

Showcase existing projects 

Share campus resources (e.g., Successful Communities Collaborative) 

Making connections with community members 

Learn how to organize and manage a partnership 

Initiate community engagement research projects   

About the Presenter:


Patti H. Clayton, Ph.D was born and raised and continues to live in North Carolina – with her husband, Kevin, and their feline family. She enjoys being in the mountains, especially in southwest Virginia, and visiting National Parks, especially Zion and Denali; John Denver, Parker Palmer, and Star Trek are major influences in her life. Patti is an independent consultant (PHC Ventures) with 20 years of experience as a practitioner-scholar and educational developer in service-learning and community engagement (SLCE) and in experiential education.  She serves as a Senior Scholar with IUPUI and UNC Greensboro and has consulted with well over 100 colleges, universities, and higher education organizations in the US, Canada, and Ireland. She guides inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional scholarly collaborations, facilitates curriculum development and professional development across all partners in SLCE, and supports institution-wide visioning and planning processes for community-campus engagement. She holds retreats to support graduate students, professional staff, and faculty in formulating and advancing their scholarly agendas and projects. 

Patti co-developed the DEAL Model of Critical Reflection, the SOFAR-CIP partnership model, the TRES protocol for assessing partnership quality, the DPI model for institutional transformation, and emerging work on Democratically Engaged Assessment. She was co-editor with Bringle and Hatcher of the 2-volume set Research on Service Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Assessment and co-authored the Democratic Engagement White Paper with Saltmarsh and Hartley. She has co-authored over 50 book chapters and articles and is finally learning to write blog posts (see 

Patti’s current interests include walking the talk of democratic engagement; designing critical reflection for civic learning; conceptualizing place-engaged SLCE; and integrating SLCE and relationships within the more-than-human world. 

Download the 2019 CIC Event Documents - Package contains event schedule, map, and parking directions. 


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