Each “Year Of” has a working group dedicated to advancing scholarly activities associated with that year’s theme. 

Engagement Scholarship can mean two things:

  1. Scholarly projects that are done in an engaged fashion – i.e. university researchers collaborate with community or corporate partners to undertake a research project that is mutually beneficial. 
  2. Research and scholarly inquiry about engagement; investigating research questions about the nature, efficacy, or outcomes of engagement. 

2020-2021 Year of Engagement Scholarship Initiatives 

Funding for Engagement Scholarship

Global Place-Based Universities Conference

  • January 21-22, 2021; led by UCIS. 
  • Brings university partners from around the globe together to discuss university engagement in their larger cities and regions.

Pitt’s Community-Engaged Scholarship Forum 

The University of Pittsburgh Community Engaged Scholarship Forum (CESF) elevates, celebrates, and reflects on collective approaches to community-engaged scholarship and practices that advance mutually beneficial, community-identified priorities. CESF defines community broadly to include partnerships with nonprofits, grassroots organizations, coalitions, neighborhoods, government agencies, and entrepreneurs/businesses. Organizations and individuals with an interest in the intersections of campuses and communities are invited to participate.

  • March 2, 2021
  • Implements a digital version of this system-wide conference on community-engaged scholarship. 
  • Enhances the Partnership of Distinction award highlights to brightspot exemplary partnerships across the Pitt system. 

Engaged Scholarship Development Initiative 

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