Our Trainers

Lorilee R. Sandmann, Ph.D.

Professor emerita in Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, the College of Education at The University of Georgia

For over 45 years, she held administrative, faculty, extension, and outreach positions at the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Cleveland State University, as well as The University of Georgia. She is also the former editor of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Dr. Sandmann’s research, teaching, writing, advising, and consulting focuses on leadership and organizational change in higher education with special emphasis on the institutionalization of community engagement, as well as faculty roles and rewards related to community-engaged scholarship. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and the UGA’s Outstanding Faculty Scholarship of Engagement Award. She has been inducted into the Academy of Community Engagement Scholarship and the International Adult Continuing Education Hall of Fame. She has been the director of the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement, leader of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders, and serves as a core reviewer and on the National Advisory Panel for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. Dr. Sandmann holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She can be reached at sandmann@uga.edu.


David J. Weerts, Ph.D.

Professor of higher education and the faculty director for academic planning and programs in the Office for Public Engagement at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He also serves as director of the Engagement Academy for University Leaders.

Over the past twenty years, his scholarship and teaching have focused on intersections among university-community engagement, state financing of higher education, and institutional advancement. His research on these topics has appeared in leading educational journals including Teachers College Record, The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and the Review of Higher Education. He has received awards for this work from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. Dr. Weerts has held major gift officer positions at the University of Wisconsin Foundation and the University of Minnesota Foundation and served two terms on the executive committee for the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Council on Engagement and Outreach. He currently serves on the board of directors for Iowa- Minnesota Campus Compact and on the editorial board for the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Dr. Weerts holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He can be reached at dweerts@umn.edu.


Robert Greenwood, Ph.D.

Associate VP, Public Engagement and External Relations and
Director of the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development


Dr. Greenwood led the development of Memorial’s Public Engagement Framework, which was approved by the University’s Senate in 2012. He and his team then developed a suite of public engagement programs and supports. They have conducted two formative evaluations of the Framework, and are now conducting a summative evaluation in preparation for a new Public Engagement Strategy aligned with the university strategy. Memorial’s approach to public engagement has been highlighted by the OECD and Engage Australia as an international best practice. The Harris Centre’s mandate is to coordinate and facilitate Memorial University’s educational, research and engagement activities in the areas of regional development and public policy. Rob also oversees Memorial’s Signal Hill Campus, Alumni Engagement, Strategic External Relations, the Botanical Garden, the Johnson Geo Centre and the Newfoundland Quarterly. Rob has also served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. He was Vice President, Corporate Development, Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National Research Council of Canada. He has taught, consulted, published and presented extensively on community economic and regional development, strategic economic planning, sectoral and cluster development, knowledge mobilization and public engagement. He can be reached at robg@mun.ca