Welcome to the homepage for the Engaged Scholarship Committee (ESC) at the University of Memphis. The ESC is a multidisciplinary group faculty
from departments across the University who support and practice engaged research and
learning principles. The Committee currently sponsors several programs to support
engaged scholarship: Engaged Scholarship Research Grants, Engaged Learning Fellows,
Engaged Scholarship Mentors, Engaged Scholarship Conference Travel Grants, and a Community
Partner Award. The committee welcomes new members to bi-monthly meetings to hear presentations
from our peers, discuss opportunities for partnerships, research, publications, and
more. To find out more or get involved, please contact us.
Engaged Scholarship is built upon reciprocal relationships between Universities and
communities. It 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.
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.
Within the University, faculty and staff enrich the learning experience of Memphis
students through participatory action research, engaged learning, and internships.
Additionally, 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.