Roads Scholar Engagement Tour

The Annual Roads Scholar Tour for 2018 has been canceled. The concept is being reworked and will be available as a new, innovative event better representing OSU's ever-growing Outreach & Engagment and Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion missions.

Please keep an eye out, and we hope you join us in the future! If you'd like to participate in the planning team, or just want to send your ideas and feedback, please email We look forward to hearing from you!

The Annual Roads Scholar Tour is a unique experience for faculty who wish to expand their knowledge of OSU’s community engagement mission. The tour explores the work of OSU’s Division of University Outreach and Engagement around Oregon by offering first-hand encounters with illustrative examples, creating interpersonal connections, and facilitating meaningful cultural experiences with key Oregonians and institutions.

Each year's tour is held for two days in September exploring a different area of Oregon to meet people and see OSU divisions or partnered organizations, work to better their community, and serve our missions of social justice and outreach. The event includes a chartered bus tour from OSU, bus speakers, site visits, break-out sessions, materials, meals, a hotel stay, culturally-relevant entertainment, and a follow-up mentorship/grant application opportunity. The goal of the tour is to have new faculty (0-3 years), or employees new to engagement, experience OSU’s footprint across Oregon explore opportunities for increased engagement.

The University Division of Outreach and Engagement sponsors the tour, so there is no cost to join; a $50 non-refundable registration fee does apply, which you can pay with a department index. 

Past participant testimonials

“The tour helped me better appreciate the university and also think about potential partnerships.”

“It was a great opportunity to meet other OSU faculty and staff and to find out how outreach and engagement contributes to their work.”

“I met some really interesting people and am looking forward to finding opportunities to collaborate in the future.”

“I enjoyed the opportunity to visit sites and organizations where Oregon State has an engaged research connection.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to check out the FAQ for the Roads Scholar Engagement Tour

Suggested reading

In preparation for the bus tour, it is recommended that participants read a selection of articles related to engagement. These articles can be found on our Resources for Faculty and Staff page.

Past tours


  • Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (Madras)
  • Warm Springs Museum (Warm Springs) 
  • Kah-Nee-Tah Resort (Warm Springs)
  • OSU Cascades Campus (Bend)
  • Redmond Extension Offices (Redmond)


  • Confederate Siletz Tribe (Newport)
  • Hatfield Marine Science Center (Newport)
  • Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery (Tillamook)
  • Tillamook Bay Community College (Tillamook)
  • Tillamook Cheese Factory (Tillamook)


  • PCUN / CAPACES Leadership Institute (Woodburn)
  • Columbia Gorge Community College (Hood River)
  • Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center (Hood River)
  • Willamette Valley Vineyards (Turner)


  • Tillamook Bay Community College
  • Hatfield Marine Science Center (Newport)


  • North Willamette Research and Extension Center (Aurora)
  • Oregon Food Bank (Portland)
  • Food Innovation Center (Portland)
  • WaterWise Demonstration Garden (Newberg)
  • PCUN Oregon's Farmworker Union (Woodburn)
  • Networking reception and dinner at the Oregon Garden

If you have have any questions, please contact Jeff Sherman.

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