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2014-15 Community Engagement Incentive Grant Winners

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville provides special project funding for proposals that specifically enhance the engagement mission of the university. UT Community Engagement Incentive Grants (formerly known as Outreach Incentive Grants) are allocated through a competitive annual process, subject to both academic and community peer review. Learn more here.

A Clean Water Public Health & Education Training Program for Rural Appalachia

Lisa Davenport

Lisa Davenport, clinical assistant professor in the College of Nursing and and Appalachia Project Manager

Abstract: Red Bird Mission (RBM), with the help of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Appalachia Community Health & Disaster Readiness Project (Appalachia Project), aims to address and improve water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of a rural community. Our approach is an intensive and continual process of knowledge-sharing and community engagement where UT discipline-specific expertise (i.e. nursing, engineering, architecture) with RBM and community input will develop, deliver and evaluate the effectiveness of a community education training program focused on WASH-related topics: water collection, purification, storage; protection of water from contamination to prevent water borne disease; hygiene, hand-washing; and health benefits of water consumption.

Learning Management System Marketing and Training for Online Continuing Education

Elizabeth DeGeorge

Elizabeth DeGeorge

Elizabeth DeGeorge, director of communications in the College of Social Work

Abstract: This project will provide support for new users of a simple Learning Management System that will be used to deliver continuing education for social workers as well as other professionals in the field who need specialized training in social service related areas, such as educators who need training in Child Abuse Reporting. The Learning Management System, which is already operational, needs to have a User Demonstration/Training Module created in order to facilitate its use by the general public. In addition, the system needs to be marketed publicly in order to announce its availability to practicing social workers.
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Understanding the World by Numbers: Using Social Justice and Community Collaboration to Support Math Learning

Lynn Hodge

Lynn Hodge

Lynn Hodge, associate professor for Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

Abstract: In this project, faculty and students from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will work together with math teachers to develop activities with a social justice theme that promote a) students’ awareness of issues that impact their community and society, b) student problem solving in investigating solutions, and c) student (and parent) understanding of how math serves as a tool in the real world. The project builds on and extends research on social justice teaching (Gutstein, 2006). Artifacts from the project will be used as part of research efforts and coursework experienced by students in math teacher education programs at UT. Find out what happened>>

A Collaborative Partnership Between the Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement Program and Knoxville’s Tennessee College of Applied Technology

Jennifer Ann Morrow

Jennifer Ann Morrow

Jennifer Ann Morrow, associate professor in Educational Psychology and Counseling

Abstract: We are proposing to partner with the Knoxville TCAT to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment that will address three main objectives: 1) what community members know about TCAT, 2) what their needs are for training and educational offerings at their local TCAT, and 3) what barriers impede them from attending and/or earning a certificate at TCAT. The ESM/TCAT Partnership will be a mutually beneficial collaboration that will enable our students to gain hands-on, real-world experience in evaluation and provide TCAT with the necessary data to inform them of the gaps in their services and community members’ perceptions of their programs. Find out what happened>>

Retention of African Americans in Knoxville Initiative Workshop

Lili'a Uili Neville

Lili’a Uili Neville

Lili’a Uili Neville, Interactive Art Director and Chair of the Commission for Blacks

Abstract: A workshop aimed at gathering Knoxville constituencies, such as African American entrepreneurs and leaders, local city employees, and University of Tennessee faculty, staff, students and alumni, to collaboratively brainstorm and develop strategic tactics that address specific barriers to the retention of African American professionals in Knoxville. From this half-day workshop, we will synthesize the strategic tactics developed at the workshop into a multiyear strategic plan for the retention of young African American professionals in Knoxville to be executed by the Commission for Blacks and the Office for the Vice Chancellor for Diversity in partnership with local government and civic entities. Find out what happened

Building Partnership to Improve the Writing Skills of High Poverty Youth

Yujeong Park

Yujeong Park

Yujeong Park, assistant professor for Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

Abstract: Recognized the needs of supporting elementary students from high poverty schools and reducing literacy achievement gap between rich and poor children, researchers and doctoral students of the special education program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT) have designed and provided research-based, small group literacy instruction to students at Boys and Girls Clubs (BGC) in Knox County. As this program extends, our goal is to continue efforts to support BGC’s academic programs and ongoing partnership with BGC to empower and increase literacy achievement of students in high poverty by providing free, research-based writing intervention. Find out what happened>>

Knoxville and the Build Environment: An Oral History

Liz Teston

Liz Teston

Liz Teston, assistant professor for Interior Design in the College of Architecture and Design

Abstract: Knoxville’s cultural heritage is situated at the intersection of a unique urban‐Appalachian environment. This design research project is underway and records early memories of seniors, with a downtown Knoxville focus. Oral histories expose fleeting memories and persistent cultural identity. The grant will fund a publicly accessible online archive of recordings, transcriptions and images. This collection of primary source narratives celebrates the significance that Knoxville seniors bring to our community. Archiving and providing access to these memories is a historic preservation act – the most sustainable design typology. The archive unites designers, historians, students and seniors in a network of community engagement. Find out what happened>>