CURE/APPAM Conference and Webinar: University Engagement in Community Development
March 15, 2013 10:00 AM
NOTE: the forum has been postponed and will be rescheduled in the Fall.
The Center for Urban Research and Education (CURE) at Rutgers-Camden, in cooperation with the Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM), is hosting a conference and webinar on Friday, April 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This Institutional Member Forum, entitled University Engagement in Community Development, will highlight the importance and desirability of university engagement in community development, engendering interaction between scholars and practitioners.
Panelists will illustrate the experience of several universities in creating and implementing initiatives that contribute to community development in their host communities. The intent of this forum is to provide academics and practitioners involved in such efforts the opportunity to reflect on the successes, failures, and lessons learned when universities participate in or provide support for community development efforts.
The webinar will be available online at APPAM.org. The link will be posted here on the day of the forum and emailed to registered participants. (Due to bandwidth limitations, we can only open online viewing to the first 100 viewers.) In order to watch the video stream, you must have a web browser installed as well as updated Adobe Flash software.
Online viewers can submit questions for the Q&A session via email once the forum begins.
The panel consists of Wendell Pritchett, Rutgers University; John Kromer, University of Pennsylvania; and Kathe Newman, Rutgers University.
Wendell Pritchett is Chancellor of Rutgers University’s Camden campus. Pritchett plays a leadership role in the revitalization of Camden and serves as an important partner with other institutions and businesses in promoting the economic, social, and cultural development of the fastest growing region in New Jersey.
Prior to joining the Camden Campus of Rutgers, Pritchett served as a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught during 2001-09. He also served five years as assistant professor of history at Baruch College of the City University of New York. Over the last 15 years, Pritchett has held leadership positions in numerous non-profit organizations. In October 2012, Pritchett was elected president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), a national consortium of higher education institutions.
John Kromer's research and work focuses on strategic planning and policy development for disinvested metropolitan-area communities. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches a course on “The Politics of Housing and Urban Development.”
As the City of Philadelphia’s Director of Housing from 1992 to 2001, Kromer organized and implemented a program for the rebuilding of Lower North Philadelphia, where major development activity had not occurred since the 1960s. He also supervised the creation of a citywide network of nonprofit housing counseling agencies and financed innovative homeless and special-needs housing ventures. Subsequently as a consultant, Kromer has participated in the design and implementation of revitalization plans for the cities of Allentown, Reading, and York, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey.
Kathe Newman is an Associate Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Development Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University and Director of the Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement. Her research has explored gentrification, foreclosure, urban redevelopment, food security, community economic development and community participation.
Newman has published articles in Urban Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Urban Affairs Review, Shelterforce, Progress in Human Geography, Housing Studies, GeoJournal, and Environment and Planning A and is currently co-authoring a book with J. Philip Thompson and Ross Gittell on Community Based Organizations for Sage Publications.
Rebecca Maynard is a leading expert in the design and conduct of randomized controlled trials in the areas of education and social policy, and she has conducted influential methodological research demonstrating empirically the limitations of quasi-experimental research designs.
In recent years, Dr. Maynard has been a leader in the development and application of methods for conducting systematic reviews of evidence on program effectiveness, with a focus on their application to education, including serving on the technical review team during the design and development of the What Works Clearinghouse and being active in the development work that led to the guidelines for the Campbell Collaboration. For the past four years, she has directed the University of Pennsylvania’s Predoctoral Training Program in Education Sciences, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education — a program that supports 20 Ph.D. students from Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education.
The current agenda is as follows:
11:00 – 11:05 a.m.
Welcome remarks by Paul Decker, President of APPAM and CEO of Mathematica Policy Research, followed by an introduction by Paul Jargowsky, Director, Center for Urban Research and Education.
11:05 – 11:45 a.m.
Four speakers (two practitioners and two academics) speak for ten minutes each on their experience with university engagement in community development.
11:45 a.m. – noon
Questions from the audience and online observers; moderated by Paul Jargowsky.
12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
School of Law–Camden Classroom - E108
217 North Fifth Street
Camden, NJ 08102
If you are arriving from off-campus, you will need a parking pass. To obtain a parking pass please call Rutgers-Camden Events Office at 856.225.6162.