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Engagement for Impact

Strategic Goal Four

Tennessee Tech fosters partnerships with government, business, and non-profit organizations to advance economic and workforce development, create and disseminate knowledge, serve the public good, and generate cultural impact.

Faculty Chair of Working Group:
Jeremy Blair, School of Art, Craft & Design

Current Initiatives

Global Experience

The Center for Global Experience will be an all-inclusive global research and learning hub for both faculty and students. The Center’s leadership develops, facilitates, and supports study abroad opportunities, student and faculty exchanges, international teaching residencies, sustainable global partnerships, international recruiting, and new global degree programs. The Center for Global Experiences identifies workforce and business development opportunities, encourages global entrepreneurship, provides cultural enrichment for students, and sparks a lifelong spirit of exploration.

The Office of Study Abroad has officially changed its name to the Center for Global Experiences. Currently, we are in the process of evaluating and enhancing the mission, vision, services, partnerships, spaces, staffing, and funding to maximize the impact of the newly established Center for Global Experiences.

Task Force

  • Jeremy Blair (chair)
  • Julie Baker, Interim Associate Provost, Academics & Operations
  • Mahalah Boone, Student, College of Business
  • Julia Costa, Student, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Melissa Geist, Professor, Whitson-Hester School of Nursing
  • Amy Miller, Director, Center for Global Experiences
  • Gabriel Porteiro, Student, College of Engineering
  • Lenly Weathers, Professor, Civil Engineering

Art, Culture & Innovation Program

The Art, Culture & Innovation (ACI) program will celebrate the creative, cultural, historical, and innovative offerings at Tennessee Tech by designing specialized campus tours and interconnected exhibitions highlighting the university’s collections, artworks, architecture, historical sites, and innovations. This program will develop new experiential outreach initiatives and sustainable partnerships that will further shape and define Tennessee Tech’s culture by creatively telling the university’s story through diverse and multi-disciplinary perspectives. 

This initiative is currently in the early feedback stage. We are developing concepts such as specialized campus tours that connect art, campus collections, and the city of Cookeville. Additionally, we are discussing designing printed signs and digital graphics for campus monitors to showcase student works, as well as exploring methods to display student works and innovations on campus. While a task force for this initiative has not been officially formed at this time, faculty and staff from across campus have been involved in these early discussions.

Task Force

A task force or committee is expected to form this fall.

Academic Community Engagement & Development Program

The Academic Community Engagement & Development (ACED) Committee will be a faculty-led and community-informed committee that identifies beneficial engagement topics and collaborative opportunities for K-12 and adult learners. Committee members will inventory existing Tennessee Tech academic community partnerships, programs, certificates, events, and offerings to identify gaps and evaluate existing engagement levels. ACED will evaluate community engagement topics and opportunities and encourage and support faculty involvement. 

Task Force

No task force or committee has been formed yet.

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