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Elements of Community Engaged Scholarship


Source:  Andrew Furco

As a faculty member's research, teaching and service are interdependent and regularly inform one another, so do the elements of Community Engaged Scholarship.  The added criteria for Community Engaged Scholarship is that a faculty member is doing that research, teaching and/or service in partnership with a community organization.

Engaged Research occurs when a reciprocal university-community partnership identifies, investigates, and solves a societal problem for mutual benefit of both the university and the community. Outcomes of the research lead to improved, evidence-based practice for the public good.

Engaged Teaching occurs when learning opportunities happen in community-based environments. This includes service learning, internships, clinical experience, field trips, or practicums to enhance the student’s educational experience while simultaneously contributing to the public good.

Engaged Service occurs when a faculty member as a subject matter expert partners with a community organization for mutual benefit. This can include lending research expertise about a specific issue, serving on a board (private or public), offering research-based policy recommendations to legislators at a committee hearing, or providing expertise through the media for the benefit of the public good.