Community Outreach and Engaged Scholarship


To provide leadership through collaborative efforts between Western Michigan University and its larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources to support regional economic development, community outreach, and engaged scholarship. To this end the advisory council will enhance the following guiding principles: 

  • Know what we are doing well and what we need to improve. 
  • Measure the extent to which we are engaged. 
  • Tell the story of our contributions and successes. 
  • Engage with external stakeholders throughout the process of knowing, measuring, and telling in order for our contributions to have a meaningful impact. 

Strategic goals

  1. Pursue Carnegie Community Engagement reclassification in 2020. 
  2. To seek and achieve designation as an APLU Innovation and Economic Prosperity University.
  3. Promote and document the institutionalization of community outreach and engaged scholarship. 
  4. Continue to increase the value of experiential learning in the lives of WMU students. 
  5. Establish an institutional culture of engaged scholarship and community university partnerships that have collective impact on the local community, state, nation, and world 

COES Advisory Council Members

Nasim Ansari, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Portage

Mary Balkema, Treasurer, Kalamazoo County

Jill Bland, Executive Vice President, SWMF

Jody Brylinsky, Vice Provost, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, WMU

Roxanne Buhl, Director of Regional Locations, EUP-Grand Rapids

Jeff Chamberlain, Deputy City Manager, City of Kalamazoo

Linwood Cousins, Chair of Arts & Sciences, WMU

Pam Kingery, Executive Director, Community In Schools

Michael Larson, President, United Way Battle Creek, Kalamazoo Region

Bob Miller, Associate Vice President, Community Outreach, WMU

Tim Ready, Lewis Walker Institute, WMU

Chris Sargent, Interim, United Way Battle Creek Kalamazoo Region

Kahler Schuemann, Office of the President, WMU