2018-19 Communities of Practice (CoP) Co-Chair Application

Communities of Practice Co-Chair Application

Deadline: April 23, 2018

Info Sessions: March 20, 1-2 p.m. and April 11, 2-3 p.m.

What are the benefits of co-chairing a Community of Practice?

CoP co-chairs will have the unique experience of collaborating with other change-oriented people from an array of roles and institutions across the region in a collaborative and asset-focused environment. They can expect to learn with participants and gain experience facilitating this type of collaborative learning process, including using remote digital engagement tools and harvesting resources and shared knowledge. In addition, co-chairs will each receive a $1,000 stipend.

What is the commitment required?

CoP co-chairs will prepare for and co-facilitate at least six group meetings, starting in October and running through the academic year. You may choose to gather in-person for your first meeting. (Note that some participants may not be able to travel to the initial meeting. Staff will help create tech solutions for remote participation in the first meeting, as needed.) After CoP co-chairs and topics are selected, -chairs will need to provide staff with six dates/times for their CoP sessions, and all co-chairs will participate in an orientation provided by MNCC and OPE via video call. OPE and MNCC will coordinate the recruitment of CoP participants, provide technical assistance, staff CoP meetings, and check in periodically with co-chairs.

How do I apply?

Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to Sinda Nichols at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org no later than 5 p.m. on April 23, 2018. In your letter, please describe:

  • the issue(s) you would be interested in facilitating a CoP focused on and why (choose from the provided list or propose another; if you’re interested in multiple topics, please rank them);
  • whether you can commit to participating in the video call orientation, preparing and co-facilitating at least six video call conversations with a Community of Practice over the 2018-19 academic year;
  • what skills you bring to the co-chair role; and
  • how you would define success for your CoP.

If you’re interested in co-chairing with a specific person, please submit separate applications that indicate your desired co-chair. Our staff is happy to match other applicants based on aligned interests. Please note that we will give preferences to co-chairs affiliated with different campuses or organizations.

Have more questions?

We will offer two information sessions via Zoom video conference call:

March 20, 2018, 1-2 p.m.

April 11, 2018, 2-3 p.m.

With any questions, you’re welcome to contact Sinda Nichols, Associate Director, Minnesota Campus Compact, at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org or 612-436-2080, or Amber Cameron, Associate Director for Public Engagement Initiatives, Office for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota, at acameron {at} umn(.)edu or 612-624-1706.