Community Involvement

CH Nash Museum at Chucalissa

This summer we are doing our 5th summer project of community engagement and oral history into Southwest Memphis. I have one graduate student who will be launching their practicum on institutionalizing the relationship with Freedom Prep Charter school students at Chucalissa, updating our AF-AM cult heritage exhibit with those students. I have another grad student who will be launching her practicum work on developing programs at the museum for children with autism. Visit Website


Engaged Scholarship in Anthropology Research

The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences is a recognized campus and community leader in engaged scholarship. Examples include:

  • Anthropology's mission expressly promotes engaged scholarship. Currently, our faculty collaborates with more than 50 organizations on projects that empower campus and public partners to share an equitable role in research.
  • Anthropology's Tenure and Promotion Guidelines recognize and reward engaged scholarship, and tenure track hires are expected to advance engaged research.
  • The MA in Applied Anthropology focuses on the application of engaged scholarship. The practicum requirement involves collaboration with agencies on engaged research to advance community development and/or community health.
  • The Department of Anthropology Community Advisory Board is composed of community leaders who provide direction on public needs and future trends.
  • Anthropology Engaged Scholarship Award: Presented at the annual Honors Assembly to Anthropology students for meritorious public engagement.
  • The Anthropology Student Club features engaged community service activities.
  • Two of our faculty have won the University's Award for Engaged Scholarship.
  • Two of our faculty recently won CAS Learn-And-Serve Awards for service learning.
  • Two of our faculty recently Co-Chaired the Engaged Scholarship Committee.
  • Most of our faculty serves on the advisory boards of community organizations and subcommittees (e.g. United Housing, United Way of the Mid-South, MIFA, Latino Memphis, South Memphis Alliance, Memphis Teen Vision, Shelby County Health Department, Memphis March of Dimes). Dozens of community, state, and federal organizations benefit from engaged collaborations with Anthropology faculty.

Visit the Department of Anthropology website for more information about Engaged Scholarship in Anthropology Research.


Strengthening Communities Initiative, Engaged Scholarship, and SUAPP

The School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP) provides valuable services to cities and enable the institution and the urban citizens to improve their core knowledge and expertise leading to future development of theories and discoveries that advance our nation.

Since 1999, the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy (SUAPP) at the University of Memphis has produced important discoveries through collaboration with institutions, agencies, and organizations and by defining the questions and best practices of research methodologies and data analysis. Engaged scholarship has become the hallmark of SUAPP’s work.

For more information on the Strengthening Communities Initiative, Engaged Scholarship, and the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, visit the SUAPP website.