Community engagement at The University of Akron

Since our founding in 1870, we have committed to be in partnership with our community, region and beyond as part of our mission of teaching, learning and service. We have pursued engagement that brings together intellectual, cultural, economic, social, political and physical interests for a common purpose, while transforming people and institutions for the better.

Anne Hanson, The University of Akron

"My job is to work with community organizations, businesses and others to create more opportunities for the University to better serve and support our region.

"Please reach out to me so we can talk about potential partnerships that will mutually benefit both of us and the community at large."

Director of Community Relations and Engagement
The University of Akron

A Carnegie-classified, community-engaged university

UA earned the prestigious community-engagement recognition for a second time in 2015

Carnegie Classification logo

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has awarded UA its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

UA is the only Northeast Ohio public university to have earned both the Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnerships classifications for Community Engagement.

Full story and photos: UA receives national recognition for community engagement

Classification application documents:

PDF icon Application

PDF icon Letter from President Proenza to the Carnegie Foundation

PDF icon Grid showing 15 representative partnerships

2015 Carnegie Committee

The following individuals were members of the Carnegie Committee:

Dr. Karla Mugler, Associate VP—Office of Academic Affairs, Chair

John Alvarez-Turner, Associate Director, Multicultural Center

Dr. Theresa Beyerle, Associate Director, Institute for Teaching & Learning/Service Learning

Alison Doehring, Assistant Director, Student Life

Dr. Amy Dreussi Shriver, Associate Professor, Department of Associate Studies—Summit College

Stephanie Dawson Everett, Manager, Marketing & Communications, University Libraries

Eric Green, Director, Off-Campus Student Services

Wayne Hill, Associate VP and Chief Marketing Officer

Dr. Abraham Joy, Assistant Professor, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

John Kelley, Senior Systems Analyst and Programmer

Kathleen Kennedy, Director of Research Labs, College of Business Administration

Ian McCullough, Assistant Professor, University Libraries

Dr. Megan Moore Gardner, Associate Professor, College of Education

Dr. Kathy Ross-Alaolmolki, Professor, School of Nursing, Associate Dean, College of Health Professions

Neil Sapienza, Professor of Art, Associate Dean, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences

Dr. John Savery, Director of Instructional Services

Gary Spring, Associate Professor, School of Law

Dr. Richard Steiner, Professor of Statistics, Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences

Douglas Woods, Associate Professor, Business Management Technology—Wayne College

Dr. Julie Yuhua Zhao, Director IDEAS Program, College of Engineering

Loren Fekete, Graduate Student, MPA/JD

Stephanie Shatrich, Administrative Assistant Senior, Institute for Teaching & Learning

We worked with countless individuals from every college to compile the information which we submitted.

Engagement Classification Recipient, 2008 and 2015

More about engagement at UA:

Examples of community engagement at UA

Pay it Forward
Service to Veterans
Corrosion Engineering
Black Male Summit
College of Business Administration Partnerships
Confucius Institute