Documenting Public Scholarship with Dr. Timothy Eatman


In 2008, Dr. Eatman worked with Imagining America and 20 presidents and deans to outline an initiative for higher education to recognize promotion and tenure for publicly engaged scholars. This is an indispensable resource for any faculty or graduate student working in public scholarship to provide safeguards, tips, and best practices so that your knowledge creation is protected in the promotion and tenure process. Read the report here: Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University.

In 2011, Dr. Eatman was part of a team that composed this catalyst paper connecting public scholarship, community engaged scholarship and equity, diversity, and inclusion as core components of the mission of higher education. Read the catalyst paper here: Full Participation: Building the Architecture for Diversity and Community Engagement in Higher Education.

Learn more about the project here

Observing the American education system, Dr. Timothy Eatman characterizes it "as a rigid, adult-centered sorting system and bureaucratic enterprise." Critically, this system can be difficult to navigate for underprivileged students. Further, once college is achieved, the graduate role becomes increasingly important as a tool to challenge the system. Dr. Eatman asserts that "there are equally valid and important modes of knowledge production manifest in nonacademic contexts, and that these are essential to maximizing the knowledge-making enterprise." This is where publicly engaged scholarship can play a major role at universities nationally. Public scholarship can unite the academic and the community in a mutually beneficial knowledge creation. 

Read more about Dr. Timothy Eatman's views on how the arc of the academic career bends toward publicly engaged scholarship.