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.
Access the Public Good Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) for academic year 2014-2015 (PDF)
- Appointed faculty may submit proposals for consideration in the spring by noon on March 31, 2015.
- Access the final report form required of all Public Good Fund recipients (PDF).
Recent Public Good Awards
Kim Bender & Anamika Barman-Adhikari, Graduate School of Social Work—Photovoice Youth Voice
Erica Chenowth, Korbel School of International Studies—Production, Dissemination, and Evaluation of a Short Video Highlighting the Historical Record of Nonviolent Resistance
Mailk Nwosu, Arts, Humanities and Social Science—Contextualizing African/African American Migration and Diaspora Narratives
Raja Raghunath & Rebecca Galemba, Sturm College of Law; Josef Korbel School of International Studies—Wage Theft in the Commercial Construction Industry in Denver
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
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
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
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
For more information, please contact Anne DePrince at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at 303-871-2939.