Community Engaged Scholarship

UNM Community Engaged Scholarship Library Research Guide (UNM NetID required)

This guide is designed to assist faculty, administrators, university leaders, staff, students, and community members with research, resources, models of community engaged teaching and scholarship as well as strategies for advancing community engaged work at the post-secondary level. It is interdisciplinary in that it integrates research and resources from a wide variety of academic areas but maintains focus on faculty roles of teaching, research, and service. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Monica Kowal or Suzanne Schadl for assistance.

The term "scholarship of engagement" is an emergent concept first used by Ernest Boyer in a 1996 article by that title. The term redefines faculty scholarly work from application of academic expertise to community engaged scholarship that involves the faculty member in a reciprocal partnership with the community, is interdisciplinary, and integrates faculty roles of teaching, research, and service.

While there is variation in current terminology (public scholarship, scholarship of engagement, 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.

Community Engaged Scholarship (CES) 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.