Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee
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Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee

At the University of Memphis, Engaged Scholarship:

  • Involves academic projects that engage faculty members and students in a collaborative and sustained manner with community groups. 
  • Connects university outreach endeavors with community organizational goals.
  • Furthers reciprocal relationships between the university and the community.
  • Entails shared authority in the research process from design to implementation.
  • Results in excellence through such products as peer-reviewed publications, peer-reviewed collaborative reports, documentation of impact, and external funding.

Engaged Scholarship is built upon reciprocal relationships between Universities and communities. Similarly, Engaged Scholarship at the University of Memphis reflects the cumulative efforts of numerous people. 

Within the University, faculty and staff enrich the learning experience of Memphis students through participatory action research, service-learning, and internships.  Members of the U of M community also travel all over the country, lecturing and presenting at conferences in an effort to expand engaged scholarship throughout the broader academic field. 

Engaged Scholarship also requires that educators and students venture beyond the halls of academia to connect with residents and community stakeholders, all of whom play an equally integral role in the Engaged Scholarship process.

Message from the Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee

Welcome to the homepage for the Engaged Scholarship Faculty Committee (ESFC) at the University of Memphis.

The ESFC formed in the fall of 2002 as an ad hoc faculty group representing most University of Memphis colleges informally addressing common interests around student internships and service learning. The faculty group quickly expanded its discussion to encompass broader questions regarding shared interests in strengthening the University of Memphis's connection to the Mid-South community and soon came to recognize that such a vision fit aptly within a movement in higher education increasingly referred to as "engaged scholarship." Thus, the "Ad Hoc Task Force on Engaged Scholarship" was founded. 

The committee now welcomes new members to regular monthly breakfasts to discuss opportunities for partnerships, research, publications, and more. 

To find out more or get involved, please contact us.

- Keri Brondo, PhD & Michael Hagge, PhD 
Co-Chairs, ESFC

Upcoming Events

The Engaged Scholarship Committee has many exciting events planned for this academic year. Check back soon for details.

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Last Updated: 8/27/14