Resources for Service to the Community

Practical Tools for Evaluating and Documenting Engaged Scholarship

Community-Engaged Scholarship Toolkit

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The goal of this toolkit is to provide health and related faculty with a set of tools to carefully plan and document their community-engaged scholarship and produce strong portfolios for promotion and tenure. This toolkit includes the following components:

  • Planning For Promotion and Tenure focuses on the role of mentors, developing a vision for work with communities and strategies for documenting one's work across the academic missions.
  • Creating a Strong Portfolio provides specific details for preparing a portfolio for promotion and tenure review, including sections on the career statement, curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio, letters from external reviewers, letters from community and practice partners, and documentation of service or public health practice activities. Each section includes portfolio examples from faculty who participated in the Scholarship Project.
  • Portfolio Examples include biosketches and portfolio materials from the faculty members who participated in the Scholarship Project.
  • References & Resources include citations, a glossary of terms, examples of schools that support community-engaged faculty, and a list of agencies that fund community-engaged scholarship.

The Community-Engaged Scholarship Review, Promotion & Tenure (RPT) Package was added to the toolkit in May 2008.  This resource and guide describes 8 characteristics of quality community-engaged scholarship, and includes a sample dossier that shows how a community-engaged scholar may present his or her work to RPT committees.

Campus Compact.  Section B:  Engaged Scholar and Review, Promotion and Tenure (RTP)

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An annotated bibliography of resources:

  1. Rationales for Giving Engaged Scholarship Standing in Research University RPT Processes
  2. Policies for Encouraging and Assessing Engaged Scholarship in RPT Processes
  3. Evaluation Criteria for Assessing Engaged Scholarship in RPT Processes
  4. Demonstrating Quality and Impacts of Engaged Scholarship
  5. Tenure and Promotion Portfolio Exemplars

Clearinghouse & National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement

View Scholarship of Engagement website

Evaluation criteria used by the National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement, based on Scholarship Assessed.

Making Outreach Visible

Driscoll, A., and E.A. Lynton. (1999).  Making outreach visible:  A guide to documenting professional service and outreach.  Washington, DC:  American Association for Higher Education.

A companion volume to Making the Case for Professional Service, (see below) this monograph provides guidelines for documentation and review of professional service.  Sixteen prototype service/outreach portfolios from four universities are included.

Evaluating Service

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.  Evaluating Service.

A quick synopsis of Driscoll and Lynton’s work.

Conceptual Background for the Scholarship of Service/Engaged Scholarship

Boyer, E.L. (1990).  Scholarship reconsidered:  Priorities of the Professoriate.  San Francisco:  Jossey Bass.

The seminal work that introduced an academic model advocating expansion of the traditional definition of scholarship and research into four types of scholarship:  discovery, integration, application (later called engagement), and teaching and learning.

Glassick, C.E., M.T. Huber, and G. I. Maeroff. (1997).  Scholarship assessed:  Evaluation of the professoriate.  San Francisco:  Jossey Bass.

Begun under the oversight of Boyer, this volume examines the changing nature of scholarship, proposing new standards for assessing scholarship and evaluating faculty.

Lynton, E.A.  (1995).  Making the case for professional service.  Sterling, VA:  Stylus.

A classic monograph that is a proponent of the scholarship of service.  It includes case studies of “best work,” by faculty members as well as reports and criteria from four universities.

Calleson, D.C., C. Jordan, and S.D. Seifer. (2005).  Community-engaged scholarship:  Is faculty work in communities a true academic enterprise?  Academic Medicine, 80 (4).  317-321. 

The authors define the work that faculty engage in with communities, consider whether all work by faculty in community-based settings is actually scholarship and propose a framework for documenting and assessing community-engaged scholarship for promotion and tenure decisions. (Available free.)

Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning

Eisman, Gerald, Series Editor.  Service Learning for Civic Engagement.  Herndon, VA:  Stylus.

A five-volume “panoply of exemplary practice, insight, and course materials to enhance civic learning.”

  1. Gender Identity, Equity, and Violence
  2. Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities
  3. Race, Poverty, and Social Justice
  4. Research, Advocacy, and Political Engagement
  5. Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Specific University Guidelines and Criteria

Michigan State University:  Four Dimensions of Quality Outreach

(Definitely a five-star document!)

Advancing Community Engaged Scholarship at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.  Definition of Professional Service/Criteria for Evaluating Professional Service.

Miami University.  Defining, Documenting, and Evaluating Service:  A Guide for Regional Campus Faculty.

Portland State University.  Policies and Procedures for the Evaluation of Faculty for Tenure, Promotion, and Merit Increases. 

(These policies and procedures incorporate the Boyer Model.)

Campus Compact.  Strategies for Creating an Engaged Campus:  Faculty Development

A list of links to 28 colleges and universities that have grappled with reward and evaluations systems that take faculty community based work into account.


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