UD Engage



Students in Camaroon on service study abroad


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
  • Performances
  • Exhibits


  • Service Learning Examples
  • Study Abroad
  • Participatory Curriculum Development


  • Clinical services
  • Policy analysis
  • Expert testimony

Benefits to Faculty

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.


Journal of Higher Education Outreach & Engagement


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