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Community Engaged Scholarship

The University of Memphis is proud to be a hub of community engaged scholarship.

What is Engaged Scholarship?

The term "scholarship of engagement," first used by Ernest Boyer, redefines scholarly work from the application of academic expertise toward active, reciprocal, interdisciplinary partnerships with the community that incorporate teaching, research and service.

Variations on the term include participatory action research, public scholarship, scholarship of engagement, community-engaged scholarship, and engaged scholarship.

Simply Collaboration

The idea is simple: encourage university faculty, staff and students to take the knowledge and research skills from the Ivory Tower of the academy out onto Main Street and become active participants in the community.

The goal is to forge strong collaborations and partnerships between academics and the public for the mutually beneficial and reciprocal exchange of knowledge and resources. 

Good Neighbors

From the national model collaborative grant making partnership, the Strengthening Communities Initiative, to the service learning opportunities incorporated into classwork and the many centers focused on collaborative work and research, the University of Memphis encourages students and faculty to actively participate in the community we all call home. 





Partnership Spotlight

Aury Kangelos and Ken Reardon

The Green Machine: A Fresh Start
Low-income residents of the Mid-South's "food deserts" often have trouble obtaining fresh, affordable food. The City and Regional Planning Department and HCD Fellowship program have worked with a large community team to develop a plan and bring it to life.

Smallest User

The Smallest User
The U of M Department of Journalism engages students in a neighborhood-based energy-efficiency initiative.

Other Partnership Stories


Engaged Scholarship Committee

Engaged Scholarship and Community Outreach Activities by College 

Featured Partnerships


All Community Resources

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