Our next ELGL webinar offering will explore the important and sometimes tumultuous relationships between universities and the towns they reside in. Known as Town-Gown relations, university and municipal administrators have to work together despite sometimes centuries of baggage. Dr. Stephen Gavazzi will explain how we can measure and understand these relationships by knowing how marriage and family relationships work.
Town & Gown Relationships: How Campuses & Communities Work Together or …. Don’t
What if you had a marriage that was arranged by others, which could not be ended, but that you had to make work regardless of how you felt about your partner?
That, in a nutshell is the relationship between a college campus and the community that surrounds it. Dr. Stephen M. Gavazzi, Ph.D., creator of The Optimal College Town Assessment, Dean and Director of The Ohio State University at Mansfield, and Professor in the College of Education and Human Ecology will walk us through his work exploring the complex relationships between higher education institutions and local governments and discuss 4 case studies. Webinar participants should walk away with a framework from which to view these relationships and some practical applications, including how data can be used to institute strong Town Gown practices.
Meet the Speaker
Dr. Stephen M. Gavazzi is the dean and director of the Ohio State University at Mansfield, a position he’s been in since 2011. He’s also the founder and CEO of Great Thinker Productions an organization that provides consulting and technical assistance on issues involving families and development. A professor of Human Development and Family Science, Dr. Gavazzi co-authored two recent articles arguing that research on marriages and families can help us understand Town-Gown relations. The articles are:
- Understanding Campus and Community Relationships through Marriage and Family Metaphors A Town-Gown Typology
- A Tale of Three Cities piloting a Measure of Effort and Comfort Levels within Town-Gown Relationships
Register for this FREE webinar taking place on February 27 at 10:00 am PT (12:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm ET) at town-gown-webinar.eventbrite.com. All of our webinars take place at anymeeting.com/ELGLwebinar where you can log in with your email address.
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I’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball.