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Students in Camaroon on service study abroad


2013 Carnegie Foundation Definition

Community engagement describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and the larger communities (local, regional/state, national and global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

This definition evolved from the initial work of Ernest Boyer. Boyer (1991) prompted the academy to recognize and reward various forms of scholarship, including the Scholarship of Teaching, the Scholarship of integration, the Scholarship of Application and the Scholarship of Discovery. Later, he expanded the Scholarship of Application to become the Scholarship of Engagement.

Boyer, Ernest. (1996). The Scholarship of Engagement. Journal of Public Outreach. 1(1): 11-20.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Classification Description Community Engagement Elective Classification

The following list includes examples of scholarship of engagement in terms of research, teaching and service.


  • Community-Based Research/Creative Activities
  • Applied research
  • Performances
  • Exhibits


  • Service Learning Examples
  • Study Abroad
  • Participatory Curriculum Development


  • Clinical services
  • Policy analysis
  • Expert testimony

Benefits to Faculty

Faculty at the University of Delaware collaborate with the community to produce scholarly teaching, research and service products. According to researchers Kelly Ward and Tami Moore of Washington State University, faculty benefit in very specific ways. These include reclaiming the role of the educator, pursuing passion and working on the margins of their disciplines.


  • Consultation
    The Office of Service Learning is the resource for the University. We can assist in developing new community-based research and service-learning courses, reformulating an existing course to involve students in the community and identifying prospective community partners.
    For more information on service-learning courses, contact Sue Serra, Coordinator for the Office of Service Learning, (302) 831-3188; serra@udel.edu.

  • Grant for Community Engagement Projects
    The Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning and the Office of Service Learning have funds available for individuals or teams of faculty to support the development of service-learning courses and community-based research projects.
    Grants are available on a rolling basis to support costs associated with involving students in the community as part of a service-learning course and for the development of community-based research courses and/or projects. (Download Community Engagement Proposal Form)
  • Workshops
    Looking for a workshop on any aspect of service learning, community-based research or engaged scholarship? The Office of Service Learning will custom-tailor a faculty workshop that fits your needs.

  • Promotion, Tenure and Merit Resources
    Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life Tenure Team Initiative on Public Scholarship. The Tenure Team Initiative (TTI) (.pdf), one of the consortium's most important initiatives to date, seeks to articulate and support the adventurous work of publicly engaged scholars and artists.

    Community-Campus Partnerships for Health's Community-Engaged Scholarship Toolkit is intended as a resource for community-engaged faculty on how to "make their best case" for promotion and tenure. More than a dozen recently promoted and/or tenured faculty members have graciously donated excerpts from their portfolios for posting on the toolkit.

    The Community-Engaged Scholarship Review, Promotion & Tenure (RPT) Package is designed to help RPT committees understand community-engaged scholarship and how to assess its quality and impact.

    Seifer, S.D., Blanchard, L.W., Jordan, C., Gelmon, S., & McGinley, P. (2012). Faculty for the engaged campus: Advancing community engaged careers in the academy. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(1), 5-19. Read article

    Fitzgerald, H., Barack, C. and Seiner, S. (2011). Handbook of engaged scholarship, Volume 1: Institutional change; Volume 2: Community-campus partnerships. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press.

    Franz, N.K. (2011). Tips for constructing a promotion and tenure dossier that documents engaged scholarship endeavors. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 15(3), 15-29. Read article

    Vogelgesang, L.J., Denson, N. and Jayakumar, U.M. (2010). What determines faculty-engaged scholarship? The Review of Higher Education, 33(4), 437-472.

    Foster, K.M. (2010). Taking a stand: Community-engaged scholarship on the tenure track. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 3(2), 20-30. Read article

    Glass, C., Doberneck, D., & Schweitzer, J. (2008). Outreach and engagement in promotion and tenure, National Center for the Study of University Engagement, Michigan State University poster, , and the research process is explained in a PowerPoint presentation View the .pdf

    O’Meara, K.A. (2001). Working Paper No. 25 Scholarship unbound: Assessing service as scholarship in promotion and tenure, New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). Read article

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