Community Engaged Scholarship

Many of our college campuses struggle with the same challenge. Our academic reward systems have not caught up with 21st century scholarship and teaching, including engaged scholarship and service-learning. Numerous studies of faculty involvement in community engagement show that academic reward systems that do not change to assess and recognize engaged scholarship stand as a formidable barrier to the careers of engaged scholars, recruitment of faculty for this critical work, and campuses truly institutionalizing the work at their core. Watch two clips from the 2011 ERCC on this theme.


In the first, The University of Maryland’s Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara (left) shares how the innovative conference model allowed for cooperation and planning among campus teams to address institutional culture:

In the second clip, Dr. O’Meara shares how tenure and promotion guidelines have often served as a barrier to publicly engaged faculty work:

View O’Meara’s comprehensive and cutting-edge Prezi presentation on supporting community engagement in promotion and tenure:

Viewing Tip: After clicking the play button, hover over “more” in the bottom right area of the window in order to click “full screen” for the optimal viewing experience.

 For more public engagement resources resulting from the 2011 ERCC, visit:

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