Every 3-4 months during the year a group of scholars from across New England come together as members of an Engaged Scholarship Think Tank under the auspices of The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE)(www.nerche.org
). We have created this group on Faculty Row as a way of connecting this regional group of scholars with a national and international group interested in community engaged scholarship, teaching, and learning. In addition to creating a connection among engaged scholars, if you are interested in accessing resources associated with the Engaged Scholarship Think Tank, contact John Saltmarsh at NERCHE. (firstname.lastname@example.org)Engaged Scholarship
The term “scholarship of engagement” is an emergent concept first used by Ernest Boyer in a 1996 article by that title. The term redefines faculty scholarly work from application of academic expertise to community engaged scholarship that involves the faculty member in a reciprocal partnership with the community, is interdisciplinary, and integrates faculty roles of teaching, research, and service. While there is variation in current terminology (public scholarship, scholarship of engagement, community-engaged scholarship), engaged scholarship is defined by the collaboration between academics and individuals outside the academy - knowledge professionals and the lay public (local, regional/state, national, global) - for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. The engaged scholarship includes explicitly democratic dimensions of encouraging the participation of non-academics in ways that enhance and broaden engagement and deliberation about major social issues inside and outside the university. It seeks to facilitate a more active and engaged democracy by bringing affected publics into problem-solving work in ways that advance the public good with and not merely for the public.