Office of Community Engagement

Our Commitment

ETSU was created in 1911 to meet the needs of the region and to prepare teachers. The ETSU mission reflects the same role that it has had since its inception: “to improve the quality of life of the people of this region and beyond.”

The Office of Community Engagement is committed to ETSU’s strategic priority of leading the region forward through community engagement and service. We will work towards that goal by:

  • Spearheading ETSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) “Go Beyond the Classroom” to elevate community-engaged learning as a vehicle for achieving key student learning outcomes and enhancing student success.
  • Creating opportunities for students to engage with the community that promote community and public service and active citizenship.
  • Promote service and facilitate ETSU-Community Partnerships that advance research, workforce and talent development, and economic development in the region.

ETSU continues to prepare students to become productive, enlightened citizens who actively serve their communities and the world.


Learn More About the "Go Beyond the Classroom - QEP"




Students at ETSU have a myriad of opportunities to engaged in experiential learning opportunities and critical reflection to facilitate an optimal student learning environment to connect classroom content to direct real world experiences.

Engage in the Classroom             Influence Change             Contribute to Community            

Male student in white shirt that reads "ETSU" holds a box of plants while volunteering outdoors.

Male student in blue scrubs works in lab while professor watches.

Faculty and Staff

The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Community Engagement provide a wide array of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff that support Community-Engaged Learning best practices, promote engaged scholarship, and foster mutually beneficial relationships with community partners.

Explore CEL Teaching Strategies
Apply for CEL Course Designation  
Connect with Engaged Scholarship
Apply for Funding

Community Partners

The Office of Community Engagement is your entry point to form and sustain long-term reciprocal partnerships with ETSU faculty, staff, and students, provide transformative learning experiences for students, respond to identified community needs, and improve the quality of life for the people of our region.

Learn Together             Find An ETSU Partner             Engage with Students

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For additional information or assistance, contact:

Dr. Susan McCracken
Vice-Provost for Community Engagement and Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan