Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit (updated 2015)

Welcome to the fifth edition of the Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit! Your visit to this website reflects your interest in engaged scholarship. We invite you to investigate the materials in the Toolkit and join us as we build a movement to advance community-engaged scholarship (also called public scholarship or community-based research) at research universities in the United States and beyond.


  1. To add clarity to the meaning and conceptualization of community-engaged scholarship in a research university context;
  2. To provide a rationale for why to do it and resources on how to do it well;
  3. To provide tools and assistance for faculty at research universities to document engaged scholarship for reward and promotion (i.e., how to get credit for it); and
  4. To provide tools and assistance for enabling the assessment of engaged scholarship (i.e., for faculty reward and promotion).


The Toolkit is made for faculty and administrators looking to develop their knowledge and skills related to engaged scholarship and for graduate students looking to undertake professional pathways involving engaged scholarship.


The goal for this section is to produce what we hope is a representative sample of project descriptions that will be of interest and use to a research university audience. We looked for articles that described projects with varied goals in a diversity of institutional (academic, disciplinary, administrative) and geographic contexts and that worked with varied and/or unique demographic groups of students and/or community groups or constituents. Most of the annotations within the Toolkit have been drawn directly from article abstracts with only minor editing, if any.

The Toolkit features twenty categories split between the three sections below.

Section A: About Engaged Scholarship

Section B: Engaged Scholarship and Review, Promotion, and Tenure (RPT)

Section C: Resources for Engaged Scholarship at Research Universities

Please forward your suggestions for resources on engaged scholarship that should be included in the Toolkit to Clayton Hurd with the reference and rationale for including it.