Partnerships are crucial for effective engaged scholarship. This paper explores reflections by students, faculty, and a community partners on the process of establishing a long-term community-university partnership by integrating a service-learning component into a doctoral program in Community Psychology. Assessing university readiness in the pre-partnership stage and ensuring that scholars and their institutions are willing and able to engage in partnerships were the main reflections in establishing long-term partnerships. A practical framework on collaboration readiness (measuring contextual factors, between-group factors, and in-group factors) is offered to guide community-university partnership development.
Eckerle Curwood, S., Munger, F., Mitchell, T., Mackeigan, M., & Farrar, A., (2011). Building effective community-university partnerships: Are universities truly ready? Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Spring 2011, 15-26. Full Text.