Outreach News

IHE Fellow inducted into Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship

She was one of nine inducted during a Sept. 30 ceremony at the Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference held at Penn State University.  A professor emerita in the Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy at UGA, Sandmann serves as editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement.

In announcing her induction, ACES credited her research, publications, teaching, and leadership as having had “an intense and ongoing influence on the development of some of the early and most widely used theoretical and conceptual frameworks for community engagement.”

ACES members are nominated and selected by the founding members, board of directors, ACES members, and supporting organizations. Nominees from higher education and society at large are elected to membership in honor of their past achievement and future engagement advocacy.

Sandmann’s work has informed the design of many of the most important and effective programs and strategies aimed at enhancing leadership and recognition of engagement and engaged scholarship across all types of academic institutions, according to ACES.

The announcement continues: “Without her research contributions, the field would not be where it is today, especially with regard to the treatment of engaged scholarship in promotion and tenure, the identification of barriers to institutionalization, the professional development of institutional leaders of engagement, the understanding of partnerships, and the design of institutional benchmarking and assessment systems.

“Her use of theory, development of conceptual frameworks, leadership voice, and insights are evident in the design of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement, the Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop, the Engaged Scholars Academy, the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship, and the Carnegie Elective Classification. While these activities were certainly not her sole creation, it is notable that her scholarly work and expertise were essential, informing elements to their design and implementation.”