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Engaged Scholarship Committee

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. 

News & Events

The next ESC meeting will be on Friday, April 3 in the UC, Room 320-A from 12:00-1:15.    

Katharina A. Azim, doctoral student from Educational Psychology and Research who was funded by the ESC Travel Award Committee will be presenting her work.  The title of her presentation is: An Intergenerational Community-Based Art and Literacy Program in a Shelter For Families Who Are Homeless.​​ (Research conducted with Drs. Laurie MacGillivray and Donalyn Heise).


Due to technical difficulties with the "EFL" application and inclement weather, the Engaged Scholarship Committee has decided to EXTEND the application deadline for the Engaged Learning Fellowship to 5pm on ​Monday, March 23, 2015.

For questions about this program, please contact Katherine Lambert-Pennington (almbrtpn@memphis.edu or 678-2080) or Nicole Thompson (nlthmpsn@memphis.edu or 678-2459).

Deadline for submitting Applications for Engaged Scholarship Research Grant, Engaged Mentor Program, and Engaged Learning Fellowships has been extended due to this week's school/business cancellations - All proposals are due by 5 pm on Thursday, February 26, 2015.​​

On February 13, 2015, the ESFC met in the Rose Theatre.  Dr. Lauren Burrows, travel grant awardee, gave a talk about her experience at the Emergent Scholars Workshop and her recent conference presentations at the Engagement of Scholarship Consortium Conference.

The Engaged Scholarship Committee and the Provost are pleased to announce three new programs to support Engaged Scholarship involving students as part of the student retention efforts on campus: Engaged Scholarship Research Grant, Engaged Mentor Program, Engaged Learning Fellowship. Click here for details.

Announcing the Engaged Scholarship Conference Travel Fund – Faculty

The Provost and the Engaged Scholarship Committee invite faculty to apply for the the University’s Engaged Scholarship Conference Travel Fund (ESCTF). The University’s Engaged Scholarship Conference Travel Fund (ESCTF) supports faculty travel to engaged scholarship conferences in order to promote the visibility and scholarly outcomes of University-Community engagement. 

The application process for 2015 winter/spring travel funding is now open for travel between January 1, 2015 and May 30, 2015. Click here for details.
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