The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Why Public Engagement?

As citizens and as scholars, we have an interest in today’s debates about public policy, conversations about the state of the world, and imagining a different future. Read more about the Public Engagement Projects' Mission and Vision

Upcoming Events

The Public Engagement Project invites applications from UMass faculty for the Spring 2020 Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship

Do you want to share your research with audiences beyond the academy, write an effective op-ed or policy brief, testify before Congress, or work with community and professional groups?

The Public Engagement Project invites applications from UMass faculty for the Spring 2020 Public Engagement Faculty Fellowship. As a Public Engagement Faculty Fellow, you’ll develop a fellowship plan tailored to your expertise and aspirations for reaching broader publics. You will receive technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, cultivating networks to reach those publics, and workshopping your policy brief, blog, op-ed piece, or other public engagement products. 

For more information, click here. 

 

Public Engagement in the Age of Social Media
October 1, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Campus Center Room 174-76, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Social media can be a valuable tool for public engagement. But navigating the social media landscape can also be intimidating for many. How do you build a following? How do you write a Tweet that will resonate with everyday people? How do you deal with ‘trolls’?

Please join us for a panel and discussion on the use of social media for public engagement, highlighting strategies for knowing and growing your audience, effective messaging, handling controversy, and exploring the professional impacts of a social media presence.  

Public Engagement: Getting Your Research Out There

February 10, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Campus Center 804-08

Scholars are increasingly interested in influencing policy and public debates.  But how can they be most effective at engaging diverse audiences?

Three panelists will discuss public engagement strategies and skills, as well as the resources the campus can provide to support scholars in their efforts.

Panelists:

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Amy Schalet, Ph.D. 

Director, Public Engagement Project
Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology

Public Engagement Project Announces Nine Faculty Selected for the 2015 Faculty Fellows Program

The Public Engagement Project (PEP) at the University of Massachusetts is pleased to announce the 2015 Public Engagement Faculty Fellows program.  Nine UMass faculty members from across eight departments and three colleges and schools will draw on their substantial research record to impact policy, the work of practitioners, and public debates. Faculty fellows receive a stipend and technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences.

Linda Tropp Co-Authors Column on How Racial Bias and Prejudice Continue to Have a Negative Impact in America

"The beginning of a four part series by Linda Tropp and Rachel Godsil sharing insights from the mind sciences to help answer why race continues to be so salient even while most people actively reject racism. And practices that can help change behavior and outcomes."

Part I: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sound-science-sound-policy/201412/racial-anxiety-can-perpetuate-racial-inequalities

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