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2013 Carnegie Foundation Definition
Community engagement describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and the larger communities (local, regional/state, national and global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
This definition evolved from the initial work of Ernest Boyer. Boyer (1991) prompted the academy to recognize and reward various forms of scholarship, including the Scholarship of Teaching, the Scholarship of integration, the Scholarship of Application and the Scholarship of Discovery. Later, he expanded the Scholarship of Application to become the Scholarship of Engagement.
Boyer, Ernest. (1996). The Scholarship of Engagement. Journal of Public Outreach. 1(1): 11-20.
Community Engagement Elective Classification
The following list includes examples of scholarship of engagement in terms of research, teaching and service.
Faculty at the University of Delaware collaborate with the community to produce scholarly teaching, research and service products. According to researchers Kelly Ward and Tami Moore of Washington State University, faculty benefit in very specific ways. These include reclaiming the role of the educator, pursuing passion and working on the margins of their disciplines.
Seifer, S.D., Blanchard, L.W., Jordan, C., Gelmon, S., & McGinley, P. (2012). Faculty for the engaged campus: Advancing community engaged careers in the academy. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(1), 5-19. Read article
Fitzgerald, H., Barack, C. and Seiner, S. (2011). Handbook of engaged scholarship, Volume 1: Institutional change; Volume 2: Community-campus partnerships. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.
Franz, N.K. (2011). Tips for constructing a promotion and tenure dossier that documents engaged scholarship endeavors. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 15(3), 15-29. Read article
Vogelgesang, L.J., Denson, N. and Jayakumar, U.M. (2010). What determines faculty-engaged scholarship? The Review of Higher Education, 33(4), 437-472.
Foster, K.M. (2010). Taking a stand: Community-engaged scholarship on the tenure track. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 3(2), 20-30. Read article
Glass, C., Doberneck, D., & Schweitzer, J. (2008). Outreach and engagement in promotion and tenure, National Center for the Study of University Engagement, Michigan State University poster, , and the research process is explained in a PowerPoint presentation View the .pdf
O’Meara, K.A. (2001). Working Paper No. 25 Scholarship unbound: Assessing service as scholarship in promotion and tenure, New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). Read article
The Summer Service Collaborative promotes the exchange of promising practices among colleges and universities who sponsor domestic and international summer service immersion programs and courses. This is a report of its first five years.
The Delaware Community Engagement Survey was sent to all employees via University email on September 25, 2013 with an accompanying letter from Provost Domenico Grasso. Several reminders were published in UDAILY, and the survey was closed on October 16, 2013. Designed with the on-line survey software QUALTREX, responses were tabulated using SPSS.
Campus Compact is a national organization consisting of colleges and universities, which supports student and faculty involvement in the community. The website includes resources, publications, conferences and more.
The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse has print materials on every facet of service learning and community engagement.