The College of Arts and Sciences' Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Award was initiated
in 2004-2005. This award was established in light of the mission of the University
of Memphis as an urban research institution that seeks to serve its metropolitan,
state, and national communities. Vital to this mission is scholarship that addresses
the concerns and opportunities of these communities. Such scholarship:
- Involves academic projects that engage faculty members and students in a sustained
manner with community groups and partners;
- Connects University and College outreach with community goals;
- Furthers productive relationships between the University and the community;
- Results in need-inspired and applied research; and
- Results in excellence in engaged scholarship through such products as peer-reviewed
publications, peer-reviewed collaborative reports, and external funding.
In recognition for excellence in engaged scholarship, recipients of the College of
Arts and Sciences Award receive $500.00 toward research expenses, a plaque, and recognition
at our August faculty meeting.
Today we are very pleased to recognize the work of one of our faculty members for
his excellence in engaged scholarship, Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Department of Computer Science.
Dr. Dipankar Dasgupta, Professor, Department of Computer Science, joined the faculty at the University
of Memphis in 1997, having completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University
of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. Dipankar received an Early Career Research Award by the
College of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished
Research Award in 2002.
With regard to his engaged scholarship, Dr. Dasgupta has focused on promoting information
security education in the community. He has established formal relationships with
many local institutions to share curricula, lectures, and teaching materials on Information
Recently, he has developed a multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in Information
Assurance. In his letter of nomination, Professor Fernando Burgos, Department of Foreign
Languages and Literatures, notes that "Under his leadership, the Center for Information
Assurance has...allowed Professor Dasgupta to undertake a number of valuable outreach
projects which have been instrumental in engaging the public and private sectors of
the Mid-South region…" around the critical issue of cyber security.
In one of many letters of support for Dr. Dasgupta's nomination, a colleague writes
that with his leadership, "The Center for Information Assurance has taken a number
of initiatives to advance Information Assurance education on campuses and in the region,
focusing on issues and solutions surrounding threats to cyber security….The cyber
security training program will prepare information system professionals and law enforcement
officers to identify, prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from cyber
attacks at the federal, state, and local level."