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Community Engagement Classification Reaffirmed

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has reaffirmed UNC Charlotte’s community engagement classification, which the University earned originally in 2008.

Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification, which is an "elective" process, unlike the Carnegie Foundation’s other classifications that rely on national data. To receive community engagement classification, institutions voluntarily submit required materials that describe the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond.

As part of the application process, the University outlined how it continued to integrate community engagement into the overall day-to-day programming of the institution. "Community engagement has been essential to UNC Charlotte since its founding," said UNC Charlotte Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. "A renewed commitment to deepening the scope of community engagement across all parts of the University has led to an action-oriented and sustained community engagement approach involving students, faculty and staff."

Mickelson Appointed University Professor

Roslyn Mickelson was named the 2014 University Professor of UNC Charlotte. This honor recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement in a professional field, as well as demonstrated ability to excel in interdisciplinary research, teaching and service. The University Professor is recommended to the UNC Charlotte Board of Trustees by the chancellor and holds this title for life.

Mickelson joined the UNC Charlotte community as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology in 1985. She is affiliated with UNC Charlotte’s Ph.D. in Public Policy program, the Women’s and Gender Studies program and the College of Education. During her time at UNC Charlotte, Mickelson has received two prestigious campus accolades, the Harshini V. de Silva Graduate Mentor Award and the First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal for exemplary research.

Joan Lorden, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, praised Mickelson’s interdisciplinary teaching and research. "She is an indispensable member of the UNC Charlotte community, she is an internationally recognized scholar, and she exudes excellence and demands it from her students."