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.
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.
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.