Congratulations to Marianne Magjuka, assistant dean of students and executive director of the Office of Civic & Community Engagement, whose proposal entitled “AmeriCorps VISTA Campus Recruiter” has been funded by Corporation for National and Community Service.
Congratulations to Amol Joshi, associate professor of strategic management, whose proposal entitled “Kauffman transfer grant – Fellowships to support research in entrepreneurship by junior faculty members” has been funded by Ewing M. Kauffman Foundation.
There’s no mistaking the purpose of the Office of Civic & Community Engagement as Wake Forest’s central hub for community-based activities, including service, teaching and research.
The recently reconfigured office combines the spirit of Wake Forest’s beloved Pro Humanitate motto with a new name, website and physical footprint that reflect its mission to engage community partners, faculty, staff, and students to affect meaningful social change.
“The Office of Civic & Community Engagement builds on the work of generations of Wake Forest students, faculty and staff by maintaining our philanthropic and service traditions, supporting new and existing community partnerships, and refining our commitment to civic learning and social justice education,” said Marianne Magjuka, executive director of the Office of Civic & Community Engagement and Assistant Dean of Students.
The rollout is the culmination of a yearlong community engagement mapping project to better understand how Wake Forest is engaged beyond campus. Faculty and staff identified 86 distinct programs, initiatives or projects supporting community-based service, engagement, research or teaching.
More information available here.
NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) recently selected Marianne Magjuka as the recipient of the James E. Scott Outstanding Mid-Level Student Affairs Professional Award. The award will be presented officially this summer at the NASPA Region III Summer Symposium.
Magjuka is executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and assistant dean of students. In her leadership role with the institute, Magjuka is responsible for providing its direction, strategic vision, oversight, and development for curricular and co-curricular initiatives.
At Wake Forest, Magjuka is the founder and co-chair of the Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Knowledge Community. Her nomination documents note that she has spearheaded many other professional, social justice and democratic engagement initiatives at Wake Forest.
Some of her other accomplishments at Wake Forest include the following:
–leading a campus climate assessment process
–establishing a regional VISTA program to address poverty in Winston-Salem through campus-community partnerships
–initiating the BRANCHES social justice retreat for undergraduates
–supervising the staff of Campus Kitchen and multiple pre-orientation programs for first-year students
For nearly 10 years, Wake Forest University’s Centers and Institutes have added greatly to the scholarly and creative life of campus, helping enhance both the impact and visibility of faculty engagement across disciplines. Wake Forest salutes and congratulates the faculty and staff who currently serve in, or have recently concluded, directorships and related leadership roles:
- A new Center is in its planning-grant year, the Center for Functional Materials. Timo Thonhauser and Oana Jurchescu, both of our Department of Physics, serve as Co-planning Directors. The Center aims to bring together faculty from physics, chemistry, engineering and medicine to explore organic electronics, metal-organic framework materials and other next-generation materials.
- Marianne Magjuka became the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute in September. Wake Forest thanks Melissa Harris-Perry, who previously served as the Executive Director and whose term as Faculty Director concluded at the end of the fall semester, for her three-year tenure at the helm of PHI and her ongoing direction of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.
- Recently, Dan Cohen was named John C. Whitaker, Jr. Executive Director of the Center for Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship (ICE), with Paul Pauca taking the helm as ICE Faculty Director. University leaders extend their gratitude to Polly Black, outgoing director, and Bill Conner, who, until recently, served as Faculty Director since ICE’s inception.
This is a guest post from the Pro Humanitate Institute:
On Sept. 1, Marianne Magjuka was named executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University. As executive director, Magjuka will provide strategic vision, oversight, and development for curricular and co-curricular initiatives of the Pro Humanitate Institute (PHI). Magjuka has held a variety of leadership roles since arriving at Wake Forest. As both Assistant Dean of Students in the division of campus life and Director of Democratic Engagement for the PHI, Magjuka is well-regarded on the Reynolda campus as an innovative, creative, smart, and diligent leader who combines scholarly inquiry and practical engagement in daily work.
For several years, Magjuka has supervised much of the social justice and democratic engagement initiatives of Wake Forest including leading the campus climate assessment process; establishing a regional VISTA program to address poverty in Winston-Salem through campus/community partnerships; initiating the BRANCHES social justice retreat for undergraduates; enacting social and racial justice training institutes for professional staff; supervising the staff of Campus Kitchen and multiple pre-orientation programs for first-year students; and serving as co-director of the innovative Wake the Vote effort.
“Marianne has an impressive and unique professional portfolio. She coordinates students, staff, faculty, and community members in an ongoing process of building and sustaining key relationships for our university,” said Melissa Harris-Perry, the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair of Politics and International Affairs who now assumes the title Faculty Director of PHI. “Marianne is an unparalleled leader in our organization and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work even more closely with her as she leads PHI as its executive director.”
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