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Incentive Grants for Community Engaged Scholarship

2014-2015 Awardees 

Community Engagement offers faculty grant opportunities to support Community Engaged Scholarship (defined below). All California State University San Marcos faculty are eligible to apply. Awards will range from $2,000 - $5,000, based on the proposal and budget specifications.  The next application cycle will be announced in spring 2015.

In keeping with the parameters of Community Engaged Scholarship, project proposals must involve faculty partnership with a non-academic community organization(s) on research/creative activity, teaching or service. Successful proposals will: (1) demonstrate a mutually-beneficial, reciprocal relationship (both partners share tasks through all stages of the project and both benefit from the outcome); (2) demonstrate a contribution to the public good (defined below); and (3) enhance the mission of the university in the creation, transfer and/or application of knowledge.

Categories of fundable activities include, but are not limited to:
• Design and implementation of Community Engaged Scholarship research project or creative activity
• Development of curricular or pedagogical strategies involving Community Engaged Scholarship
• Collaboration with a community organization by providing subject matter expertise
• Travel to conference to present an Community Engaged Scholarship project

Review examples of Community Engaged Scholarship


Engaged scholarship is defined by the collaboration between academics and individuals outside the academy— knowledge professionals and the lay public (local, regional/state, national, global)— for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The scholarship of engagement includes explicitly democratic dimensions of encouraging the participation of non-academics in ways that enhance and broaden engagement and deliberation about major social issues inside and outside the university. It seeks to facilitate a more active and engaged democracy by bringing affected publics into problem-solving work in ways that advance the public good with and not merely for the public.

- New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE)


The term “public good” speaks to the commitment to civic [engagement] and social responsibility, to serving and protecting . . . [societal well-being]. It implies a moral obligation on the part of individuals and institutions to attend to social problems.

Higher Education for the Public Good: A Report from the National Leadership Dialogues