Community of Engaged Scholars
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UTEP’s Community of Engaged Scholars (CES) is made up of faculty members and community leaders who are actively involved with the scholarship of engagement, which includes teaching, research, and/or service activities. Housed within UTEP’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), the CES offers a networking base that helps connect faculty and students with community partners to conduct enhanced student learning and research activities aimed at serving the Paso Del Norte region. The CES initiative is led by Azuri Gonzalez, Dr. Mark Lusk, and Dr. Amy Wagler.


CES members aspire to foster stronger, more socially magnanimous relationships among faculty, students, and community partners in a supportive community-enhancing environment.


  1. Capacity Building
  2. Community Engaged Scholarship
  3. Community Engagement
  4. Community Partnership
  5. Service Learning


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic


Assistant Professor
Education - Educational Psychology and Special Services
Career and College Readiness, Community Engaged Scholarship, community engagement, Counseling, Crisis, education

Assistant Professor
School of Pharmacy - Pharmacy
Applied Micro Econometrics, Cost‐Effectiveness Analysis, Health Care Cost Analysis, Health Outcomes, Healthcare Management, Integrated Delivery System, Meta‐ Analysis, Patient‐Centered Medical Home, Quantitative Health Service Research

Health Sciences - Occupational Therapy
community-based, hand function, Homelessness, multiple sclerosis, occupational therapy intervention, outcome measurement

Assistant Professor
Liberal Arts - English
collaborative problem-solving, Community Engaged Scholarship, community engagement, community writing, dialogue, public policy, writing

Liberal Arts - Psychology
decision research, drug use and driving, health promotion, meta-analysis, Risk communication, Risk perception, Washington University Sentence Completion Test of ego development

Related Efforts

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETaL) -- Sun Conference
Contact: Larry Lesser

This year's conference includes a section on connecting education and civic engagement, educational partnerships that cross national boundaries, and instructional methods that are adaptive and/or less bound by books or buildings.

Philosophy for Children in the Mexico-US Borderlands

Hosted by the UTEP Department of Philosophy, this is an initiative dedicated to promoting philosophical dialogue for children and youth in the El Paso area. Our program involves collaboration between local teachers, UTEP students and professors, as well as several dedicated community partners.

Related Communities

Center Against Family Violence
Related Effort: Community of Engaged Scholars

Domestic violence and sexual assault cross many arenas. Political science issues include public policy, federal and state legislation about victims’ rights, immigration issues related to persons escaping violence. Other areas of interest include public health, social work, counseling, media, business, etc. We are always interested in partnering with UTEP faculty, staff and students.
Contact: Stephanie Karr (Executive Director), email: skarr@cafv.org

Engaged Scholarship Consortium Resources
Azuri Gonzalez

The Engaged Scholarship Consortium Resources tabs includes journals and calls for manuscripts, books, instruments and other tools useful for the development and dissemination of engaged scholarship.


I3 Move Communities provide a way to share expertise, resources, and community information to the general public. There are numerous tools available, both open source and proprietary, for engaging in dialog and sharing information and knowledge within a closed group.

Communities have access to IBM SmartCloud, a tool that provides a Cloud Computing solution for sharing files, defining activities, creating blogs, developing wikis, and promoting ideas. To request an account and training on IBM SmartCloud, contact econnect@utep.edu.

This community engages in dialog as follows: