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Sewanee: The University of the South Best Practice Sharing 2013

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Best Practice Sharing 2013




Community Partner Interaction  



  • Best Practice Description 
    • While in its infancy, we have been developing the following small-scale strategic 

planning practice with community partners.  This is to have a conference with all 

University stakeholders (service internship students/directors, faculty, single or groups of 

community partners) to clarify community partner needs, the range of capacities and 

interests at the University that could be brought together in a coordinated way to satisfy 

the community partner(s)’ expressed needs of community partners.  

  • Why:  At Sewanee, community engagement has been “siloed”, and specific 

programs and faculty have tended to set up and jealously protect specific short-term 

projects with community partners.  This often results in the partners not having support 

once, for example, a course has been completed.  But now we have other options for 

community partner support through support offered by various faculty members, or 

through service internships.  The siloing has also tended to be accompanied by turf 

competition. A faculty member might not wish to “share’ this partner project with any 

one else.  These strategic planning conversations, focused, as they are on partner needs, 

has allowed us to begin think more about how we can use the range of our resources to 

make a plan for partner support, and for improved outcomes.  


  • One positive outcome of this approach has been that the faculty tend to be less 

protective of turf in the context of these sorts of discussions.  They see the need of the 

partner, and the way their projects can play a role, but not the only role in working with 

the partner. They also can see how their projects can be protected, and even in some 

cases, enhanced by this form of coordination. 


  • Who: Staff, faculty, students, and community partners. 


  • Where:  Usually on campus, but we could go to the partners, too.  


  • When:  We are operating on an as need and as the opportunity arises basis right now.  




  • Samples or Relevant Resource Material 
    • None Provided  



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