About the Toolkit

Project History and Evolution

This project grew out of the third annual gathering of research-intensive university representatives committed to advancing community engagement and community engaged scholarship in research universities. While the discussions at prior meetings of this group at Tufts University and UCLA included community engagement, e.g., involving students in service-learning, the third meeting at the University of North Carolina (February 2008) was devoted to community engaged scholarship. At that meeting, the group took the name, The Research University Community Engagement Network or TRUCEN. The first edition of the Toolkit was posted on this website in 2009.

Why an Engaged Scholarship Toolkit for Research Universities?

Research universities produce most of the latest and cited research, prepare the next generation of college and university faculty, have extensive library and research facilities, and serve as models for other higher education institutions. While their strength is research, generally speaking these universities have lagged behind other higher education institutions such as land-grant universities in organizing and systematizing partnerships with communities to ameliorate social ills. Nevertheless, research universities are in an admirable position to advance community engaged scholarship; indeed this may be their contribution to the community engagement movement with the greatest potential. To do community-engaged research well, however, requires new understanding, practice, and epistemology that is qualitatively different than that prioritized in traditional scholarship. To gain recognition and reward for community engaged scholarship at research universities requires new ways of documenting and evaluating this work. This Toolkit contains resources that address these matters.

What is Engaged Scholarship in a Research University Context?

In his 1996 article in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Public Service and Outreach (now the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement), Earnest Boyer coined the term “scholarship of engagement” to represent work across the four scholarship models that would involve engagement with communities for the benefit of communities. For Boyer, scholarship of engagement applied to the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching. In developing this Toolkit, we have taken a narrower view of engaged scholarship that is particularly relevant to research universities, which value knowledge production (discovery, integration, and application) and dissemination. Therefore, the Toolkit’s materials are biased toward non-teaching scholarship, though many resources may refer to teaching, as well.

Salient Values of Engaged Scholarship in a Research University Context

  1. Engaged scholarship includes discovery, application, and integration, but not teaching;
  2. Engaged scholarship is carried out with and in the community, and not just on the community;
  3. Genuine partnerships draw on assets of all parties;
  4. There is (indigenous) knowledge in the community that can be tapped to advance knowledge; and
  5. Only faculty peers are qualified to review engaged scholarship for faculty review and reward.

About the Contents

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 twenty categories in the toolkit are split between three sections:

Section A: About Engaged Scholarship

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

Section C: Resources for Engaged Scholarship at Research Universities

About the Original Essays

Included in this toolkit are original essays written by leading scholars of engaged scholarship based mostly in research universities. These scholars were invited to address a topic of their own choosing related to this work in a research university context. These essays have been placed in the respective section most appropriate based on their content as well as in their own clustered section. Some resources are listed in multiple sections as appropriate.

About the Toolkit Developers

Clayton Hurd, Current Toolkit Moderator/Developer. Hurd is the Senior Program Director for Public Service Research and Graduate Engaged Scholarship at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University.  Before arriving at Stanford, Hurd held a dual appointment as Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Service-Learning at the College of Coastal Georgia. Previous to that, he served as Assistant Professor of Education and Director of the Office of Service-Learning in the Institute for Learning and Teaching at Colorado State University (2005-2010). He has extensive experience in community-based research, including ethnographic work in Central and South America on indigenous rights and education (Bolivia, Ecuador and Guatemala) and in northern California and the US Southwest on issues of US-Mexico immigration, community organizing, public schooling and social sustainability in urban contexts. Hurd’s recently-released book, Confronting Suburban School Re-segregation in California (November 2014, University of Pennsylvania Press), examines the political and educational processes that have contributed to increasing White/Latino school re-segregation in suburban areas of the United States.  In his current role at the Haas Center, he supports graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in linking their passion for community service and action with academic study and research in their field(s) of interest.

Timothy K. Stanton, Founding Toolkit Developer. Until 2014, Stanton served as Director of Stanford University’s Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town, South Africa. Before that,  he served as Visiting Senior Fellow at Stanford’s John Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities. Prior to this post he founded and directed the Scholarly Concentration in Community Health and Public Service at Stanford’s School of Medicine. He helped found and served as Associate Director and Director of Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service from 1985-1999. Stanton provides research and planning assistance to The Research Universities Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN) as Engaged Scholar for Campus Compact. As Special Consultant for California Campus Compact he led a project focused on graduate studies and civic engagement. He has published numerous articles on service-learning and engaged scholarship, and a book, Service-Learning: A Movement’s Pioneers Reflect on its Origins, Practice, and Future. With Jon Wagner (UC Davis) he recently authored Educating for Democratic Citizenship: Renewing the Civic Mission of Graduate and Professional Education at Research Universities.

Jeffrey P. Howard, Co-founding Toolkit Developer. Howard is the assistant director for faculty development at DePaul University’s Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning and Community Service Studies. Previously, he was the associate director for service-learning at the University of Michigan’s Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, where he was responsible for faculty development, publications, communications, and the Center’s service-learning portfolio of academic and co-curricular service-learning initiatives. He has taught, conducted research, and published work on academic service-learning for 33 years. He is the founder and editor of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, a peer-reviewed journal that recently expanded its purview from academic service-learning to engaged scholarship, with a circulation of about 1000, and co-editor (with Robert Rhoads, UCLA) of Academic Service-Learning: A Pedagogy of Action and Reflection, published by Jossey-Bass. He wrote the Service-Learning Course Design Workbook, underwritten by a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which he has used for faculty development workshop at more than fifty colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Most recently he was part of the writing/editing team for “New Times Demand New Scholarship,” a publication deriving from The Research Universities and Community Engagement Network that seeks to advance research universities’ role in higher education civic engagement. He is a past recipient of the Michigan Campus Compact Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a member of Campus Compact’s Consulting Corps.

Bridget Connolly, graduated from Stanford University with an BA in International Relations and a minor in African Studies in 2011. During spring and summer of 2010 she participated in the Cape Town Overseas Studies Program and carried out a major community-based partnership research project investigating the impact of a social development fund on community cohesion in a Cape Town township. This past year she worked for Global Student Embassy (GSE), a San Francisco Bay Area non-profit, coordinating and leading service-learning exchanges to coastal Ecuador. Currently, Bridget is interested in returning to Cape Town to do participatory research with community members and organizations involved with the Emergency First Aid Responder (EFAR) System.

Lucy Litvak graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2011, where she earned a B.A. in Human Biology with a concentration in Community Health. In 2010, she participated in the Stanford’s Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town, where she worked with Bridget Connolly to conduct a major community-based partnership research project. Their research investigated the impact of a social development fund on community cohesion in a Cape Town township. As part of another Stanford course, she partnered with a local non-profit to conduct an assessment of the school gardens in Redwood City, CA. This past year she worked for the California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) as their Campus Organizer at Stanford. Starting in September 2013, Lucy will be working at the Union of Concerned Scientists as a Program and Outreach Associate.

Invitation to Contribute to the Toolkit

We welcome feedback and ideas to integrate in future editions of the Toolkit that will ease browsing and searching. Since there has been an explosion in literature on community engaged scholarship in recent years, we also invite you to propose recommendations for resources on engaged scholarship appropriate for research university faculty and administrators to be included in the Toolkit. Please forward your suggestions to Clayton Hurd with the reference and rationale for including it.

How to Cite the Toolkit

Hurd, C., Stanton, T., Connolly, B., Howard, J. & Litvak, L. (2016). Research university engaged scholarship toolkit; fifth edition. Boston: Campus Compact, http://compact.org/initiatives/trucen/research-university-engaged-scholarship-toolkit/


This project would not have been possible without the support of Campus Compact, which has co-sponsored past gatherings of TRUCEN representatives and has underwritten this Toolkit. We also appreciate the TRUCEN member representatives who have contributed to the thinking represented in this Toolkit and graciously agreed to review the content. We appreciate as well the contributions of others in this field, who generously agreed to have their work included. Finally, we are grateful to the authors of the original essays contained in this toolkit, all of whom are engaged scholars par excellence on whose shoulders the rest of us stand.