Roads Scholar Engagement Tour

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.

This year’s tour will be held September 13-14 in the Portland-Metro area and includes a chartered bus tour from OSU, site visits, presentations, 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 in the Metropolitan area and 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. Space is limited to 50 OSU employees.

In addition to Bus Speakers and Breakout Sessions, site visits include: 

  • North Willamette Research Extension Center
  • Willamette Falls, with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission 
  • WeWork Collaborative Building
  • The Jupiter Hotel
  • The Hacienda CDC
  • Portland Mercado
  • The Learning Gardens Laboratory
  • Social Justice Tour with Nisha Burton                           

Questions can be directed to

Registration deadline is September 7th. 

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.