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Community-Engaged Scholarship

Public Good Fund for Faculty

Background

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In 2001, the University of Denver formally adopted language in its vision statement that commits the institution to becoming a great private university dedicated to the public good.

As a means to achieving this vision, the provost has provided an annual fund of $100,000 to promote and increase public good research and outreach at the University.

Engaged Scholarship at the University of Denver

Engaged scholarship comprises intellectually and methodologically rigorous work that is grounded in the norms of democratic education:

"...inclusiveness, participation, task sharing and reciprocity in public problem solving, and an equality of respect for the knowledge and experience that everyone involved contributes to education and community building" (Saltmarsh & Hartley, 2011, p. 17).

At its heart, engaged scholarship differs from approaches that emphasize one-way applications of faculty expertise to community problems. Instead, the engaged scholarship intentionally:

  • Emphasize the co-production of knowledge in the context of reciprocal partnerships with local stakeholders.
  • Pursue the renewal of democracy and the kind of public action that works to confront public problems and social justice through democratic means.
  • Demonstrate strong collaboration with community partners in proposal and project development.
  • Forge collaborative enterprises between academic researchers (professors and students) and community members, which validate multiple sources of knowledge. This also promotes using multiple methods of discovery and disseminating gained knowledge.

Resources

Recent Public Good Awards

2013-2014

Erin Willer, Communications—The Scraps of the Heart Project: Storying Infant Death and Healing Parents Through Scrapbooking

Martin Quigley & Matthew Taylor, Biological Sciences and Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences—Mitigation of Environment and Socioeconomic Consequences of Water Scarcity in Rural Landscape Conversion

Vicki Tomlin & Maria Riva, Department of Counseling Psychology, Morgridge College of Education—Refugee Community Collaboration 

Keith Miller, Chemistry and Biochemisty—Designing Interactive Activities to Stimulate Informal Science Learning in Public Libraries

Ramona Beltran, Social Work—RiseUp!: A Culture-Centered HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for Indigenous Youth

Bonnie Clark, Anthropology—Fostering Communities of Memory: The DU Amache Project 2014-2015

William Gowensmith, Graduate School of Professional Psychology—Expansion of the College Gateway Program

Sam Museus, Morgridge College of Education—The Collecting Asian American and Pacific Islander Refugee Stories (CARS) Project

Alejandro Ceron Valdes, Anthropology—Evaluation of Procurement and Supply of Medicines in Guatemala's Public Health System: Case Studies

Cheri Young, Knoebel School of Hospitality Management—Humanity, Hope, and Hospitality


2012-2013

Yoli Anyon and Nicole Nicotera, Graduate School of Social Work—Meeting the needs of diverse learners in the classroom: An interdisciplinary intervention to build the capacity of school personnel

Inna Altschul, Graduate School of Social Work—Increasing College Enrollment, Persistence, and Graduation among DPS Students

Renee Botta, Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies—Testing the Outcomes of Global WASHES Training Models with New Facilities

Omar Gudiño, Department of Psychology—Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health - Child, Adolescent and Family Services Section

Gloria Miller, Morgridge College of EducationDocumenting Critical Family-School Partnering Strategies with Refugee Parents

Don McCubbrey and Zulema Lopez, Department of Business Information and Analytics and Department of Languages and Literatures—Textbook Translation Project in Support of University Students in Developing Economies

Stephen Shirk, Department of Psychology—Improving Access to Effective Treatment for Adolescent Depression

Matthew Taylor, Department of Geography & the Environment—Creating a Public Web-Based Geographic Information System to Support Communal Decision Making along Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast


2011-2012

Lori Patton and Nicole Russell, Morgridge College of Education—Evaluating and Enhancing the Especially Me Program

Bruce Pennington, Department of Psychology—Integrated Clinical Service for Underserved Children with Learning Disorders

Don McCubbrey, Daniels College of Business (Clinical)—International Internship in Support of Open Education Resources in Developing Economies

Mary Stansbury and Shimelis Assefa, Morgridge College of Education—Choosing Ecellence: Let All Children Bloom

Kimberly Bender, Graduate School of Social Work—Preventing Victimization Among Homless Youth

William Gowensmith, Graduate School of Professional Psychology—How Well Do Decision Makers Understand the Risk for Violence in Mentally Ill Individuals

Michele Hanna, Graduate School of Social Work—Residential Treatment and Adoption: The Adoptive Parent Perspective

Megan Kelly, Writing Program—Cultivating Undergraduate Student Engagement in a Campus-Community Garden

Julie Laser, Graduate School of Social Work—Strengthening Networks of Refugee and Immigrant Service Providers

Eugene Walls, Graduate School of Social Work—Colorado Trans on Campus: Final Report and Dissemination

Bruce Pennington, Department of Psychology—Clinical Service for Underserved Children with Learning Disorders


2010-2011

Tracy Elhers, Department of Anthropology—Todas Somos Lideres: A Leadership Institute of Girls

Matthew Taylor, Department of Geography—Burning for Sustainability: Firewood, Human Health, and Global Warming in Guatemala

Lynn Clark, Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies—Developing an After-School Multimedia Center at South High School

More Information

For more information, please contact Anne DePrince at anne.deprince@du.edu, or at 303-871-2939.