Engagement Center and Institute Guidelines

2014 Deadlines

June 19 - Deadline to submit annual reports for ALL existing research centers. Please email your report to Amber_Squires@uml.edu.

June 19 - Deadline to submit a proposal for a new center or institute.

Engagement Center and Institute Guidelines

Engagement Center Mission 
Engagement Centers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell further the mission of the University and advance the community objectives set forth in the strategic plan- UMass Lowell 2020. Engagement Centers differ from one another in focus, scope, and staffing, but each contribute in unique ways to the common goals of engagement with the community, nonprofit organizations, industry, business, and/or schools. These Centers have a positive impact on society by enriching the intellectual, personal and cultural development of our students and the community, and fostering economic development of the region and the state. Communities of faculty and staff in Engagement Centers provide a stimulating environment that encourages community-engaged scholarship that may involve corporate and community partnerships. Engagement Centers may also contribute to the role of innovation in community transformation. Interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships are promoted by Engagement Centers, both within the University and among institutions and agencies external to UMass Lowell.


Engagement Center Guidelines (pdf)


Engagement Institute Mission 
Engagement Institutes at the University of Massachusetts Lowell further the mission of the University and advance the community objectives set forth in the strategic plan- UMass Lowell 2020. An Engagement Institute has a long-term relationship with one or more universities or collaborating institutions external to UMass Lowell. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or equivalent is required with each collaborating university of institution. Engagement Institutes differ from one another in focus, scope, and staffing, but each contribute in unique ways to the common goals of engagement with the community, nonprofit organizations, industry, business, and/or schools. These Institutes have a positive impact on society by enriching the intellectual, personal and cultural development of our students and the community, and fostering economic development of the region and the state. Communities of faculty and staff in Engagement Institutes provide a stimulating environment that encourages community-engaged scholarship that may involve corporate and community partnerships. Engagement Institutes may also contribute to the role of innovation in community transformation. Interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships are promoted by Engagement Institutes, both within the University and among institutions and agencies external to UMass Lowell. 


Engagement Institute Guidelines (pdf)


Annual Reports: Engagement Center and Institute
All Research Centers will be reviewed by the Research Center Advisory Committee, Academic Dean, and the Vice Provost for Research every 3 years. The annual reports for the previous three years will be reviewed. A letter from the Director of the Research Center to the Academic Dean(s) of the College and the Vice Provost for Research summarizing the accomplishments and work of the Research Center over the previous 3 years should be submitted with the Annual Report in the Center review year. The 3- year review will provide feedback on whether the Center continues to meet Research Center criteria. Those Research Centers who are no longer meeting Research Center criteria will be issued a warning letter from the Vice Provost for Research with recommendations for action to meet Research Center status. The Research Center with warning status will then undergo review in 1 year and action on continuation of Research Center status will be determined by the Vice Provost for Research with recommendations from the Academic Dean(s) and the Research Center Advisory Committee.

Three-Year Review: Existing Engagement Centers and Institutes

All Engagement Centers and Institutes will be reviewed by the Engagement Center and Institute Advisory Committee, Academic Dean(s), and the Vice Provost for Research every 3 years. The annual reports for the previous three years will be reviewed. A letter from the Director of the Engagement Center or Institute to the Academic Dean(s) of the College and the Vice Provost for Research summarizing the accomplishments and work of the Center or Institute over the previous 3 years should be submitted with the Annual Report in the Center/Institute review year.  Please refer to the Engagement Center or Institute Guidelines for detailed information on the three year review process.