The Ohio State University at Newark


Cope to Join Roads Scholars Tour This July

Newark, Ohio, July 17, 2015- Ohio State Newark’s Associate Dean, Virginia Cope, Ph.D., will be participating in this year’s annual Roads Scholars Tour, a traveling seminar taking Ohio State faculty, administrators and community partners to a variety of sites throughout a region of Ohio. The participants will meet with other faculty and community partners during the tour to see first-hand the reach and impact that teaching, research and engagement collaborations have on communities and residents across the state. With over 50 participants visiting 7 stops along the way, the two-day tour will highlight some of Ohio State’s many vital connections with health care, service learning, industry and the arts. The tour will take place Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22.

"The tour is a great way to find a personal connection with the outreach we do at our university,” says Cope, who is happy to join the Roads Scholars tour for the first time. “I’m excited at the opportunity to learn more about our partners in the arts and industry across the state.” As the state’s flagship land-grant university, The Ohio State University has forged key partners across all 88 counties in Ohio thanks to a lasting commitment to outreach and engagement. The benefits of the Roads Scholars tour go beyond the tour itself, helping faculty and administrators network with colleagues, establish relationships with community members and apply what they learn while in the classroom.

Day one of the tour includes four stops: Havener Eye Institute in Columbus, Next Generation Films in Lexington, ArcelorMittal in Cleveland, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Wrapping up Wednesday, July 22, three more stops include Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Akron, the University of Akron, and The Ohio State University at Wooster-Agricultural Technical Institute.

Those interested may follow the Roads Scholars Tour on social media at #OSUontheroad for insight from participants throughout the tour. Along with her position as Associate Dean at Ohio State Newark, Cope also teaches classes with a focus on British and American literature, race and ethnicity, and gender and sexuality studies. Her book, Property, Education, and Identity in Late Eighteenth-Century Fiction: The Heroine of Disinterest was published in 2009, and she has published various articles and reviews on gender and economic transformations, African-American literature, and racialization. She is currently working on projects on free women of color in antebellum New Orleans, cosmopolitanism and pedagogy, and the fictional representations of Mary Wollstonecraft.

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