Katie Peacock joined Metropolitan State University in October 2018 and currently serves as Acting Director of the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship. She provides leadership and strategic direction for the university’s commitment to civic and community-engagement through teaching, research and service.
Katie has worked at the intersection of higher education and community engagement since 2002 and has served in almost every role of community-university partnerships: non-profit partner, instructor, curriculum developer, student, and administrator. Most recently, Katie served as the Assistant Director for Community Partnerships and Engaged Learning in the Center for Community Engaged Learning at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. There she provided consultation and support for academic community engagement, cultivated partnerships with Twin Cities organizations, oversaw a co-curricular engagement program, taught a community-engagement capstone course and courses in the leadership minor, and led the Center's racial equity initiative.
A firm believer that in order to champion community engagement one must also be a practitioner, Katie is a long-time community volunteer. She has worked with the English Learning Center, Jane Addams School for Democracy, West Bank CDC, WomenWinning and has served on the boards of One Yoga and Planned Parenthood North Central States. She currently serves on the board of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and is their governance chair.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Women and Community Development, from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a Master of Public Policy degree, from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs.