Professional Collaborations/Communities of Practice

University professional groups exist in many forms around campus. They are a great resource for connecting with others who have similar job responsibilities but are in different units. Members of the groups network and share ideas. This site is dedicated to maintaining an accurate list of these groups. Please the IT@UMN Communities of Practice Page for information on the fCoPs and iCoPs hosted by the IT@UMN community. 

If you know of updates to this list, please contact Ryan Ceresnak (

Academic Advising Network
Includes and serves professional advisors, faculty members, administrators and others in academic and student affairs concerned with the intellectual, personal and educational needs of students.

Analysts Group
Works to share knowledge and perspectives related to university data, systems, and policies, analysis tools, techniques, and approaches to research questions, and serves to promote professional development among its members.

Peter M Radcliffe

The Art of Participatory Leadership (aka Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter)
A community of staff, faculty and students working together to create meaningful conversations at the University.  We draw on strategies and frameworks for engagement and change including World Cafe, Open Space, ProAction Cafe, Storytelling, Chaordic Path, 4-fold Practice and many more. Visit the Art of Participatory Leadership Google Group and Facebook page for more information. 
        Dave Dorman
        Jen Mein

Campus Conversations
A periodic forum to discuss issues of interest to the University community.

Ann Freeman

Career Development Network
Comprised of career and student services professionals, fosters professional growth and the sharing of best practices among members, which enhances our ability to provide quality career development resources to students at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Becky Hall

Communicators Forum
Promotes excellence in communications and enhances cooperation among communications professionals working at the University.

Sarah Howard

Community Campus Coordinators Alliance 
The Community Campus Coordinators Alliance (CCCA) is the professional association for Civil Service Bargaining Unit (CSBU) and Professional/Administrative (PA), Public Engagement (PE) staff across the University of Minnesota System. The organization supports PE staff professional development with activities like regular networking opportunities, a mentorship program, staff awards, and dissemination of scholarly work.

        Katie Peacock

Computer Management
The Computer Management (CM) Group at the University of Minnesota is a diverse group of IT professionals that meet monthly to discuss, develop, and collaborate on Computer Management standards across the University System.

To contact the Steering committee, email

Consultation Collaborative
The Consultation Collaborative is intended to form a network of consulting services to support holistic professional development of instructors

Paul Ching

Mitch Ogden
(612) 625-0849

E-Learning Network

A community of U of MN professionals working in academic technology, online learning, and hybrid/blended education. Join the listserv and you will be invited to meetings on various topics of interest six times per year:!forum/elearningnetwork

        Sara Hurley    

University Media Community 
The purpose of this group is to share ideas, best practices and update each other of the latest media related activities around the University. The group also acts as feedback conduit which helps to guide the future direction of the Video and Conferencing Service.  The members of the group have the essential function of sharing information from and with their colleagues, departments, and colleges. All are invited.  To join our Google Group please visit:

           Mike Williams
           (612) 217-4250    

Project And Change Management Collaborators (PCMC)
A vibrant and responsive peer network at the University of Minnesota that strives to advance knowledge and foster exceptional results in project and change management.
Began in 2007
Monthly programs offered throughout the academic year

Survey Peer Network
A platform designed to connect University professionals with survey-related resources, and each other, to generate a campus-wide awareness of survey best practice and implementation and to facilitate survey-related conversation through multiple communication channels.
Erin Heath Lever

Workflow Collaborative
Improve service delivery by providing a software solution that can be shared across University units to automate the workflow that supports business processes and facilitates process improvement
Eric Eklund