What is Public Scholarship?
“IUPUI defines public scholarship as an intellectually and methodologically rigorous endeavor that is responsive to public audiences and public peer review. It is scholarly work that advances one or more academic disciplines by emphasizing co-production of knowledge with community stakeholders.”
Defining Public Scholarship for IUPUI is one of the main goals of the Public Scholarship FLC. In the fall of 2015, we began from a position of examining the definitions that other universities and research centers have adopted including that generated by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE).
As a starting point, Public Scholarship is a form of engaged scholarship (e.g., scholarship of engagement, community-engaged scholarship, outreach scholarship) that consists of (1) research, teaching, integration and application of scholarship that: (2) explicitly uses democratic methods that encourage the participation of non-academics in ways that enhance and broaden engagement and deliberation within and beyond the university, (3) collaboration between academics and individuals outside the academy, both knowledge professionals and the lay public (local, regional/state, national, global), and (4) a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. It seeks to facilitate a more active and engaged democracy by bringing affected publics into problem-solving work in ways that advance the public good with and not merely for the public.