Community-engaged scholarship: is faculty work in communities a true academic enterprise?
The Commission on Community-Engaged Scholarship in the Health Professions was established in October 2003 with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to take a leadership role in creating a more supportive culture and reward system for community-engaged faculty in the nation’s health professions schools. The authors prepared this article to inform the commission’s deliberations and to stimulate discussion among educators in the health professions. The authors define the work that faculty engage in with communities, consider whether all work by faculty in community-based settings is actually scholarship, and propose a framework for documenting and assessing community-engaged scholarship for promotion and tenure decisions. They conclude with recommendations for change in academic health centers and health professions schools.
Calleson, D.C., Jordan, C., and Seifer, SD. (2005). Community-Engaged Scholarship: Is Faculty Work in Communities a True Academic Enterprise? Academic Medicine, Vol. 80, No. 4. 317-321. Full text