What does Community-Engaged Scholarship look like in practice?
Faculty can work towards the university's mission of advancing the public good in many ways. Our approach is to always start from community-defined priorities, but the final outcome of a campus-community partnership can take many forms. Below, we offer examples from across the University of Michigan.
Examples of Community Engagement at UM
The simple graphic on the right illustrates the diverse ways in which faculty can engage communities. The academic partners listed below are working to address a variety of community priorities.
Consider the example of affordable housing. (For an accessible version, click here.) This single priority can lead to a variety of teaching, research, and learning opportunities. Starting from community-defined priorities does not limit the scope or focus of your partnership, which can evolve in collaboration with community partners. It simply ensures that community voices are at the center of our work.
- Multidisciplinary: teaching or research projects across department or schools
- Intradisciplinary: teaching or research collaborations within a single department or school
- Cross-University: including curricular (faculty or students) and co-curricular (student organizations or programs) partners
- Part of a Course: short-term community-engaged project
- Gameful Option: community-engaged project as one (gameful) option among many
- Focus of a Course: semester-long (or more) community-engaged project
- Consultation: faculty or advanced graduate students share specialized knowledge with community partners
- Public Products: faculty or advanced graduate students translate specialized knowledge for a lay audience
- Faculty Research: scholarship aligned with existing community interests
- Student Research: undergraduate or graduate student projects, thesis or dissertation
- Student Organization Project: one-time short-term service project
- Student Organization Partnership: long-term or ongoing partnership with a student organization
- Student Internship: ongoing project as part of a curricular or co-curricular engagement