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Scholarship of Engagement

The scholarship of engagement is conceptualized as involving faculty in the community in ways that benefit the community and advance the faculty member's scholarship. It may involve students or not. It is a parallel activity to service-learning. It may be conceptualized as a model of scholarship that involves and benefits a community and advances a faculty member's scholarship.


Chicago Service Learning Research Fellowship​: The Center supports an annual fellowship  focused on the impact of higher education service learning on communities and/or community partners in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. The goal of the fellowship is to advance research on the community impact of academic service-learning in Chicago while supporting early career faculty and/or doctoral students in the United States. The research must focus either on analysis of existing data or collecting new data on service learning in the Chicago area in partnership with a Chicago higher education institution and/or Chicago community partner(s). A one-week residency in Chicago at the beginning of the Fellowship as well as a one-week residency in Chicago at the end of the Fellowship is  underwritten by this Fellowship to ensure a successful research project, dissemination of the findings, and engaging with stakeholders, all in the service of extending the career development benefits for the Fellow.​  Proposals will be accepted from tenure-track assistant professors or doctoral-level graduate students enrolled at any accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

​Engaged Scholarship Toolkit: Co-developed by Jeff Howard, DePaul University and Tim Stanton, Stanford University, identifies a plethora of web-based resources and articles related to community-engaged scholarship.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health​: CES4Health publishes peer reviewed community engaged scholarship including videos, reports, digital stories and toolkits. The publications are open access.

For assistance with developing scholarship from community engagement, contact Jeffrey Howard. ​​​