2006 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.
The following list includes examples of scholarship of engagement in terms of research, teaching and service.
- Community-Based Research/Creative Activities
- Applied research
- Service Learning Examples
- Study Abroad
- Participatory Curriculum Development
- Clinical services
- Policy analysis
- Expert testimony
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.
The Office of Service Learning is the resource for the University. We can assist in developing new community-based research and service-learning courses, reformulating an existing course to involve students in the community and identifying prospective community partners.
For more information on service-learning courses, contact Sue Serra, Coordinator for the Office of Service Learning, (302) 831-3188; firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Grant for Community Engagement Projects
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning and the Office of Service Learning have funds available for individuals or teams of faculty to support the development of service-learning courses and community-based research projects.
Grants are available on a rolling basis to support costs associated with involving students in the community as part of a service-learning course and for the development of community-based research courses and/or projects. (Download Community Engagement Proposal Form)
Looking for a workshop on any aspect of service learning, community-based research or engaged scholarship? The Office of Service Learning will custom-tailor a faculty workshop that fits your needs.
- Promotion, Tenure and Merit Resources
- Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship. The Tenure Team Initiative (TTI), one of the consortium's most important initiatives to date, seeks to articulate and support the adventurous work of publicly engaged scholars and artists.
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health's Community-Engaged Scholarship Toolkit is intended as a resource for community-engaged faculty on how to "make their best case" for promotion and tenure. More than a dozen recently promoted and/or tenured faculty members have graciously donated excerpts from their portfolios for posting on the toolkit.
- General Resources on Community Engagement
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 Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
The Scholarship of Engagement online provides clear criteria for the scholarship of
Declaration on the Civic Responsibilities of Research Universities (the preliminary online publication of the same Campus Compact-organized study group)
National Community-Based Research Networking Initiative provides a list of other universities that are engaged in scholarship of engagement.
- Print Resources:
The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse has print materials on every facet of service learning and community engagement.
- Publication Outlets:
The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning is a national, peer-reviewed journal focused on curriculum-based service learning, community-based research, campus-community partnerships, and faculty engaged (public) scholarship. Published by the Ginsberg Center, complimentary copies are made available to University of Michigan faculty. To review past articles, visit the journal’s electronic portal developed by the U-M Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office.
Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship
- Community Engagement Organizations and Conferences:
Engagement Scholarship Consortium Annuual Conferece
Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life
International Association for Research on Service Learning and Civic Engagement
The International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership
National Faith-Based Service-Learning Conference
- Grant Writing:
How to Write an Outreach Grant Proposal