Event: EU Living Knowledge Conference, DIT, June 2016

Are you interested in exchanging and developing knowledge and practices on how best to bring local communities, civil society organisations, students, researchers and educators to collaboratively undertake responsible research and innovation? If so, come to Living Knowledge 7 and help us build excitement, partnerships and policy to support this.

Carnegie Foundation look to Ireland to fund first ever pilot study outside the US on Civic Engagement Classification

Funded by the Carnegie Foundation and the Irelands Funds, eleven Irish HEIs will work with the Community Knowledge Initiative at NUI Galway, Talloires Network and University of Massachusetts Boston to progress a year-long Irish study and first pilot of the Elective Community Engagement Classification outside of the US higher education sector.

The Engaged Dissertation: Exploring Trends in Doctoral Student Research

This study explored the extent to which doctoral students are conducting community-engaged scholarship and investigated the characteristics of their degree-granting institutions. The research utilized the most immediate work of doctoral students by examining completed dissertations. Analysis showed which graduate students are pursuing community engagement through their scholarship, whether they are increasing in number, and the fields of study and institution types with which they are affiliated.

Scholarship of engagement and engaged scholars: Through the eyes of exemplars

How do leaders of the scholarship of engagement (SOE) experience and define this field? To gain insights into these differing understandings of SOE, this study explored the perspectives of a group of elites, exemplars within the field of the scholarship of engagement. Framed in social constructivism, this study explored the exemplars’ socially and culturally mediated experiences, beliefs, and symbolic interactions. Key findings suggested that the exemplars’ journey and their understandings of SOE were interrelated to their current positionality.

Measuring and Articulating the Value of Community Engagement: Lessons Learned from 100 Years of Cooperative Extension Work

The Cooperative Extension System was created in 1914 with the passage of the Smith-Lever Act. Cooperative Extension was the first formal nationwide structure created for university–community engagement. Expectations for Extension as an engaged institution have changed over time. Once seen chiefly as a source of private value for program participants in local communities, Extension is now also expected to provide public value for those not directly involved in Extension programs.

Scholarship Perceptions of Academic Department Heads: Implications for Promoting Faculty Community Engagement Scholarship

After North Carolina State University developed recommendations for departments and faculty to integrate learning, discovery, and engagement through the scholarship of engagement, the issue was raised: “What do department heads think, and how do they support engagement especially during promotion, tenure, and reappointment of engaged faculty?” This study found that 75% of departments say they value community- engagement scholarship when making promotion and tenure decisions, 73% of the departments include standards to reward community-engagement scholarship, and 20% of the depar

Partnering to Survive: Reflections on the Pursuit of Campus-Community Initiatives Prior to Tenure

How does a early career faculty member survive the pursuit of campus-community initiatives? This article draws on experiences gained through a unique faculty position that combines community engagement with full academic responsibilities. The article provides lessons learned through adventures in applied teaching, negotiated criteria for tenure and promotion, and the cultivation of community relationships that have culminated in a truly “civic scholarship.”Sherman, D.L.

Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action

This special issue of Progress in Community Health Partnerships (PCHP), “Maximizing Community Contributions, Benefits, and Outcomes in Clinical and Translational Research,” seeks to advance the field of community-based health research by providing information, tools, and understanding of the accomplishments, best practices, and challenges that community and academic partners have experienced in their engagement with National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical and Translational Science Awardees (CTSAs) and other research entities.Shepard, P.M., Idehen, A., Casado, J., Freeman, E., Horowitz


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