Public Scholarship

Public Scholarship

Community engagement is a defining attribute of IUPUI and a significant facet of faculty roles, spanning research, creative activity, teaching and service.  Public scholarship, sometimes referred to as publicly engaged or community engaged scholarship, refers to a type of scholarly work and creative activity, is distinguished by its purposes, processes and outcomes, including:

  1. co-production of knowledge between faculty and community stakeholders,
  2. significant time investment to cultivate relationships with community stakeholders,
  3. engagement with public(s) at multiple stages across time,
  4. interdisciplinary work and collaboration, and
  5. an explicit goal of a public good impact.

Public Scholarship Defined

An intellectually and methodologically rigorous endeavors that is responsive to public audiences and public peer review.  Public scholarship is scholarly work that advances one or more academic disciplines by emphasizing the co-production of knowledge with community stakeholders.

The practices that generated public scholarship are nested within what higher education scholars refer to as “next generation scholarship.”  Next generation scholarship is fundamentally collaborative, transdisciplinary and increasingly digital in nature. By its nature, public scholarship is always collaborative, minimally interdisciplinary, maximally transdisciplinary and increasingly digital.

IUPUI is committed to attracting and retaining faculty oriented to, skilled in the practices of public scholarship.  A growing body of research suggests that next generation approaches, like publicly engaged scholarship will become an increasing part of the 21st century scholarly enterprise driven by generational shifts in faculty composition, increasing demand for knowledge that addresses complex problems, institutional goals for student learning success, and a host of questions related to public accountability. 

The following resources provide an orientation to public scholarship at IUPUI.