Engaged Scholarship Development Initiative

Faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows are invited to participate in the Engaged Scholarship Development Initiative (ESDI) to learn how to implement Engaged Scholarship, connect with other engaged scholars, and advance their own work.

The initiative will take place in two parts: Part I includes a series of open workshops during the academic year and Part II involves an intensive and competitive summer design workshop for select participants.

Download the informational packet about the program (PDF)

Part I: Open Workshops Series (November 2020 – May 2021)

  • Workshops will cover the basic elements, ethics, and outcomes of Engaged Scholarship.
  • Interactive: The workshops feature an interactive and hands-on design that will explore best practices and examples of Engaged Scholarship involving Pitt scholars and their collaborators.
  • Flexible: Each 90-minute workshop will be virtual and participants may attend some or all of the workshops offered.

Engaged Scholarship 101
Graduate Students:
Monday, November 16, 2020
​Noon–1:30 p.m.

Faculty and Postdoctoral Scholars:
Monday, December 14, 2020
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Register

Ethical, Anti-Racist, and Decolonial Approaches to Engaged Scholarship
Monday, January 25, 2021
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Register

Collaboratives, Collectives, and Advisory Bodies:
Participatory Structures for Engaged Scholarship

Monday, February 15, 2021
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Register

Funding and Publishing Engaged Scholarship
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Attend the session at the Community Engaged Scholarship Forum

Crafting Summaries of Impact:
Packaging Engaged Scholarship for Performance Review and Career Seeking

Monday, April 12, 2021
Noon–1:30 p.m.
Register

Workshop Topics and Competencies

The workshop series will explore the topics listed below. For each, the relevant Competencies for Engaged Scholarship (Blanchard, Strauss & Webb, 2012) are listed.

Engaged Scholarship 101

Join us to learn the basics of engaged scholarship: key concepts, common models, the importance of reciprocal partnerships, and the various products and outcomes.

Relevant Competencies for Engaged Scholarship:

  • Understanding the concepts of community-engaged scholarship, and familiarity with basic literature and history of community-engaged scholarship
  • Knowledge of and skills in applying the principles of community-engaged scholarship in theory and practice, including principles, theoretical frameworks, models and methods of planning, and implementation and evaluation
  • Knowledge and successful application of a definition of community-engaged scholarship, community-engaged scholarship benchmarks, scholarly products, outcomes, and measures of quality.
Ethical, Anti-Racist, and Decolonial Approaches to Engaged Scholarship

Examine the unique ethical challenges found within engaged scholarship, including colonizing approaches to working in and with communities, and discuss equitable and anti-racist approaches for collaboration.

Relevant Competencies for Engaged Scholarship:

  • The ability to work effectively in and with diverse communities
  • The ability to negotiate across community-academic groups
Collaboratives, Collectives, and Advisory Bodies: Participatory Structures for Engaged Scholarship

Explore real-world models of participatory structures in Engaged Scholarship and learn how collaborative practices enhance university and public partners' capacities and foster social change.

Relevant Competencies for Engaged Scholarship:

  • The ability to transfer skills to the community, thereby enhancing community capacity, and ability to share skills with other faculty
  • Understanding of the various contributors to community issues (economic, social, behavioral, political, environmental); developing skills commitment for fostering community and social change
Funding and Publishing Engaged Scholarship

Build awareness of strategies to secure funding and publish work relevant to Engaged Scholarship.

Relevant Competencies for Engaged Scholarship:

  • The ability to write grants expressing community-engaged scholarship principles and approaches
  • The ability to write articles based on community-engaged scholarship processes and outcomes for peer-reviewed publications
Crafting Summaries of Impact: Packaging Engaged Scholarship for Performance Review and Career Seeking

Learn how peers at Pitt have positioned their Engaged Scholarship within their review, promotion, and tenure portfolios and job-seeking materials and discuss strategies for engaged scholars to grow and thrive in academia. 

Relevant Competencies for Engaged Scholarship:

  • The ability to effectively describe the scholarly components of the work in a portfolio for review, promotion, and/or tenure
  • Knowledge of review, promotion, and tenure process and its relationship with community-engaged scholarship; ability to serve on review, promotion, and tenure committee
  • The ability to balance tasks in academia (e.g., research, teaching, service) posing special challenges to those engaged in community-engaged scholarship in order to thrive in an academic environment
  • The ability to mentor student and junior faculty in establishing and building a community-engaged scholarship-based portfolio

Part II: Summer Design Intensive (May 2021)

Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and their collaborators can apply to participate in a two-day design intensive during which they will plan an engaged scholarship project for implementation in the coming year. Over the two days, participants will receive coaching, personalized mentorship, and support from other engaged scholars at Pitt and the community. More information coming soon. 


Blanchard, L. W., Strauss, R. P., Webb, L. (2012). Engaged Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Campus Integration and Faculty Development. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(1). 97-128.