Research and Creative Activity with Rural Communities Colloquium

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

9:00 AM3:00 PM

French Lick Resort Event Center
8670 West State Road 56
French Lick, IN 47432

Join the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement for the Research and Creative Activity with Rural Communities Colloquium scheduled on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at French Lick Resort Event Center in French Lick, Indiana.

This colloquium will serve research university leadership, faculty, and staff interested in multi-institutional collaboration, engaged scholarship, research, and creative activity with rural communities. We encourage universities to consider bringing a team to this colloquium, and participants are also encouraged to attend the IU Rural Conference following the colloquium on May 12 and 13.

Objectives of the colloquium

  • To convene research universities to discuss the importance of rural community and campus collaborations in research and creative activity
  • To share best practices in programming and models for working collaboratively with rural communities
  • To explore opportunities for future campus collaborations
  • To develop partnership networks

Colloquium activities

Together we will discuss rural research and creative activity engagement, learn more about Strategic Doing approaches to community-focused initiatives, and share what we are working on at our own institutions. This event includes breakfast and lunch served on-site.


Wednesday, May 11

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.: Breakfast
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.: Welcome and introductory remarks
9:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Keynote panel discussion
11:00 – 12:00 p.m.: Keynote facilitated deep dive
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.: Lunch / Strategic Doing overview
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.: Thematic Exploration (Unconference Model)
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.: Networking

Panel Discussion

Join a conversation with colleagues engaged in community-based research. This year's panelists include:

University of Kentucky - Angela Carman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Behavior & Society. Her research interests focus on the practice of public health and include evidence-based intervention implementation, community engagement, public health accreditation readiness and quality improvement. Angela has actively worked with local health departments, hospitals and other community partners to complete community health assessments, community health improvement plans, strategic plans, and to address team development and management issues.

Ball State University - Emily Wornell is a research assistant professor for the Center for Local And State Policy (CLASP) working with the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Rural Cultural Wealth (RCW) Lab which considers the roles that arts, culture, entrepreneurship, and innovation play in forming the diverse assets within rural communities. Emily’s research interests lie at the intersection of policy and research, including inequality and population change in rural communities.

Purdue University - Nathan Shoaf is a Urban Agriculture State Coordinator and has worked on soil, groundwater, and vapor intrusion contamination issues for remediation sites as a field technician, consultant and regulatory agency project manager. In addition, Nathan has worked with community gardens and urban agricultural projects on improving soil health and safety using organic amendments such as composts, biosolids and biochar.

Registration has closed for this event.


Stay onsite at the French Lick Springs Resort. For reservations, call 888-936-9360 and use code 0522CRE. Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport and Pegasus chauffeured services are nearby travel resources.

Things to do

French Lick has a wealth of activities and dining experiences. Check out the Visit French Lick website to see what's happening during your visit.


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