Engaging Scholarship for Public Impact

Goal:

KU will engage local, state, national, and global communities as partners in scholarly activities that have direct public impact.

Outcomes:

  1. Recognition, facilitation, and support of engaged scholarship.
  2. Mutually productive partnerships with the community for engaged scholarship.
  3. Learning and scholarship experiences for students.
  4. Increase in scholarly activities by leveraging existing community engagement activities.

Examples:

The work group on Engaging Scholarship for Public Impact (ESPI) is in the process of gathering examples of work by KU researchers who are conducting engaged scholarship. We are looking for recently completed and ongoing projects that are consistent with the work group's goal:

KU will engage in local, state, national, and global communities as partners in scholarly activities that have direct public impact.

Included below are some excellent examples of engaged scholarship. If you would like your work added, please use the web form below. There is a great deal of exciting work going on at KU and this is one way to share you work with the campus community.

 
  • November 8, 2010
    Agenda (50 KB)
    Minutes (14 KB)
  • November 22, 2010
    Agenda (43 KB)
    Minutes (9 KB)
    ESPI Subgroup Charges (87 KB)
  • December 3, 2010 – Definitions and Models Subgroup
    Agenda (27 KB)
    Minutes (48 KB)
  • December 9, 2010 – Experts and Consultants Subgroup
    Agenda (28 KB)
    Minutes (50 KB)
  • December 12, 2010 – Surveys and Baselines Subgroup
    Agenda (54 KB)
    Minutes (46 KB)
  • December 21, 2010 – Experts and Consultants Subgroup
    Agenda (33 KB)
    Minutes (52 KB)
  • January 14, 2011 – Surveys and Baselines Focus Group
    Agenda (88 KB)
  • January 19, 2011 – Surveys and Baselines Focus Group
    Agenda (88 KB)
  • January 25, 2011 – Surveys and Baselines Focus Group
    Agenda (89 KB)
  • January 25, 2011 – Experts and Consultants Focus Group
    Agenda (88 KB)
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