Our professional development workshops and programs are available to individuals in all disciplines.

The Connector provides professional development opportunities for faculty and students at the University of Missouri with a focus on grants/funding, broader impacts, and public engagement.

We strive to meet the needs of researchers at the university who are looking to explore ways to incorporate outreach, engagement, and broader impacts into their work.

Professional Development Workshops

Our office hosts workshops for faculty and graduate students in all disciplines on a range of topics from Grants 101 to more advanced Broader Impacts Writing sessions for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. For a full list of upcoming workshops, please take a look at our Events page or subscribe below to our monthly office newsletter. Past events and workshops can also be found by visiting the Events page.

Interested in a particular workshop or topic? Email us at theconnector@missouri.edu.

MU Engages Program

The Missouri Engagement Scholars (MU Engages) will accept applications for our second cohort beginning Summer 2022.

The program will be comprised of faculty from across campus who will participate in a one-year program to develop and implement public engagement initiatives that are related to or grounded in their research.

MU Engages: Information, Guidelines, and Application Details

The University of Missouri Office of Research and Economic Development and MU Extension and Engagement are pleased to support the Missouri Engagement Scholars (MU Engages) program.

About the Program

The MU Engages program will select faculty from across campus to participate in a one-year program to develop and implement public engagement initiatives that are related to or grounded in their research.

The program is open to faculty in all disciplines. Up to 10 faculty will be selected for the 2022-2023 cohort, which will run from June 2022 to May 2023. MU Engages will kick off with a week-long training co-hosted by experts in the fields of science communication, broader impacts, and engagement.

This training will provide experience in research communication and developing a public engagement strategy. Working with the Connector staff, fellows will create an engagement plan that will be implemented on their campus during the following academic year and beyond. Plans will be completed by August 1, 2022. The culmination of the one-year fellowship will be a portfolio of public engagement experiences and a systematic effort to better integrate research with the public on a personal, departmental, and campus-wide level. Fellows will be required to attend regular meetings each semester to report back on their progress.

A stipend will be awarded to each fellow for their commitment to the program, and seed money will be provided to support the engagement program and professional development needs that that culminate from it.

  • All Full-time, Tenured or Tenure-Track Faculty at the University of Missouri, Columbia campus.
  • Awardees must be working at the University of Missouri at the time of award and during the length of the fellowship.
  • Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Funding Details

Each fellow will receive a $7,500 stipend, with half paid following Summer 2020 training, and half paid at the conclusion of the program. $2,500 will also be awarded for supplies related to fellow’s engagement project and professional development needs to related to the fellow research and engagement plan.

Important Dates

Fellowship applications are due March 25th, 2022. Fellows will be notified during the Spring 2022 semester of their acceptance into the program.

Application Materials
  • A One-Page Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Answers to following questions in less than 600 words total:
    • What is public engagement to you?
    • What is your previous experience in public engagement?
    • What do you hope to accomplish as a Missouri Engagement Scholar?
  • Letter of Support—preferably from your department chair or dean
Application Format & Submissions
  • Applications must use 12-pt or larger font and be single-spaced with 1-inch margins.
  • Please include the applicant’s last name in the header.
  • All materials should be submitted as one PDF document.
  • PDF application file should be titled [LASTNAME]_MUEngages.pdf (i.e. Smith_ MUEngages.pdf).
  • All applications will be emailed as a single PDF to theconnector@missouri.edu.


Please contact Dr. Sara Vassmer, Director of The Connector at vassmers@missouri.edu.

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