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Faculty and staff at the University of Delaware collaborate with the community to produce scholarly teaching, research, and service products.
According to researchers Kelly Ward and Tami Moore of Washington State University, faculty and staff benefit in very specific ways. These include reclaiming the role of the educator, pursuing passion, and working on the margins of their disciplines.
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Community engagement describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and the larger communities (local, regional/state, national and global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.
This definition evolved from the initial work of Ernest Boyer. Boyer (1991) prompted the academy to recognize and reward various forms of scholarship, including the Scholarship of Teaching, the Scholarship of integration, the Scholarship of Application and the Scholarship of Discovery. Later, he expanded the Scholarship of Application to become the Scholarship of Engagement. Boyer, Ernest. (1996). The Scholarship of Engagement. Journal of Public Outreach. 1(1): 11-20.
In January 2015, the University of Delaware was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for excellence in community engagement efforts put forth by the students, faculty, and staff at the university. Since then, we have been working to raise the standard for community engagement at UD, and in the communities.
Read the Carnegie Task Force Recommendations as of May 2014. If you are interested in incorporating community engagement in your work at UD, the following list includes examples of scholarship of engagement:
The Community Engagement Initiative can assist in:
For more information on service-learning courses, contact Susan Serra, Assistant Director of Service Learning at (302) 831-3188 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning and the Office of Service Learning have funds available for individuals or teams of faculty to support the development of service-learning courses and community-based research projects.
Grants are available on a rolling basis to support costs associated with involving students in the community as part of a service-learning course and for the development of community-based research courses and/or projects. Download Community Engagement Proposal Form.
The Office of Service Learning offers direct funding for faculty:
Proposals will be accepted twice a year beginning in 2018-2019.
In addition, faculty interested in working with individual students on a service-learning, community-based research, or community-based creative activity may be interested in the following programs: