Assistant Vice President of Engagement and Extension and Deputy Director of Extension Lindsey Shirley, Ph.D. was inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship (ACES) in January 2022 as part of the 2021 new member class. The Academy recognizes exceptional leaders who unite academics and communities to benefit society.
A career-long dedication to community-engaged scholarship
Shirley was recognized for her illustrious career in and extensive contributions to community-engaged scholarship. Before joining CSU, Shirley served as associate provost for extension and engagement at Oregon State University. Her leadership at OSU led to positive solutions with communities that serve as a framework to explore and uncover new possibilities. Dr. Shirley’s portfolio of work includes innovations in teaching and learning implemented into secondary, post-secondary, and extension learning environments across the United States and international locations.
As part of her contributions to the scholarship of engagement, Dr. Shirley worked to advance the outdoor recreation economy in Utah, Oregon, and across the United States. Efforts led or supported by Dr. Shirley include a new degree program, a 15-year vision for Outdoor Recreation in Oregon, Confluence Accords signed by eight states outlining four pillars with a commitment to working collectively toward promoting and advancing the outdoor recreation economy, and a framework for action to advance Oregon’s strategies that catalyzes innovative policies and legislation, and empowers local, statewide action.
“My work is centered on community and connections,” said Shirley. “Throughout my career, I’ve worked with communities to build partnerships that make programs and education even more accessible for learners of all ages. I’m honored to be inducted into the Academy and look forward to continuing to expand community-engaged work and partnerships to build thriving communities across Colorado.”
Establishing best practices of scholarly and community engagement
“[Dr. Shirley’s] community engagement scholarship informs university and community partners who implement best practices of scholarly engagement, community engagement and service/civic engagement,” said Burton Bargerstock, President of Academy. “[Dr. Shirley’s] work improves life for many by bringing together partners who can successfully address complex issues and document positive outcomes reaching individuals, communities and society.”
“Dr. Shirley has a long-standing commitment to expanding access to the land-grant university system’s mission of learning, discovery, engagement and extension,” said Dr. Blake Naughton, vice president for engagement and extension. “We’re excited to see Lindsey honored by the academy for her work and are looking forward to continuing to expand access to community-engaged scholarship benefitting Colorado communities.”
About the Academy of Community Engaged Scholarship
Founded in 2013, ACES is a consortium of leading community engagement scholars and practitioners who are recognized for advancing scholarship that serves the public good. The mission of ACES is to provide expertise to policymakers, higher education institutions and organizations, community leaders, and national and international entities interested in addressing complex societal issues through the effective engagement of higher education with community members and organizations. Learn more about the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship at academyofces.org.
About the Office of Engagement and Extension
Colorado State University’s Office of Engagement and Extension brings the university’s educational programs, services and resources across Colorado and beyond, empowering individuals and communities to thrive through learning. For over 100 years, CSU Extension, one of the units in the Office, has helped people in Colorado find the answers they need for a healthy home life, successful business and thriving community. Learn more at engagement.colostate.edu