Signature Work:
Exploring the Future with Academic and Civic Engagement Leaders

Sponsored by the Bonner Foundation 
September 21-23, 2015 • Hosted by Allegheny College 

If your campus will be participating, please 



Please join the Bonner Foundation and network for an engaging meeting involving Chief Academic Officers and top-ranking civic engagement leaders from institutions throughout a national network.  This event will provide institutional leaders with the opportunity to  discuss the strategies, challenges, and opportunities that are shaping engaged, experiential education and liberal learning.  We will explore the research, scholarship, and models that suggest the relevance of civically engaged learning.  We will also discuss operational strategies and resources that campuses are finding useful to integrate and foster this work.  This meeting will provide opportunities for dialogue amongst institutional leaders and with leading scholars and practitioners including those involved with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and with the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

The Bonner Foundation intends for this gathering to be rich with dialogue and will limit attendance to 100 participants.   To participate, an institution must send both its Chief Academic Officer and top-ranking staff or faculty member for community engagement involved with the Bonner Program (generally the center director).  We believe this is important for maximizing the opportunity.  

Additionally, the institution should have one or more of the following factors:

  • Be an endowed Bonner Scholar or Leader Programs
  • Have participated in the Bonner High-Impact Initiative
  • Have earned the Carnegie Classification in Community Engagement in 2010 or 2015
  • Have participated consistently in the Bonner Program (including national meetings) in last three years 
  • Have recently hosted or plan to host a Bonner Foundation meeting in 2015-2016

If the institution has an Associate Provost or another senior position for this week, we can talk with you about that person also participating.  If your institution does not meet one of these criteria but you believe that it will be important and productive for your Provost and Civic Engagement Leader to attend, please contact Robert Hackett ( or Ariane Hoy ( to discuss.  Should space allow it, we would be happy to include you.  There is no cost for the meeting, although campuses must cover participants’ travel and lodging.  See accommodations below.

You can find a downloadable version of this information here: Signature Work Prospectus