Engaged research, scholarship and creative activity extends faculty endeavors to serve the public. This may include: basic discovery research, applied or action research, original performances, creative production and applied policy. Engaged research/scholarship/creative activity is often seen as an externally focused activity that brings together faculty and community collaborators to address real world problems and issues. Such collaboration, however, is only one of the ways in which engaged research can take place. Basic research and creative activity may also develop into engaged activities when results are transmitted to an external audience
– particularly if that audience is one that is often underserved. It may also open a line of inquiry that benefits the public. The best examples of engaged research and creative activities are those that involve faculty in advancing knowledge through the
pursuit of their scholarly interests while simultaneously addressing specified community problems and issues. thereby benefiting the scholar, the discipline, the university, and society.
Examples of engaged research and creative activity include:
- Research in cooperative robotics and distributed intelligences aimed at enabling large teams of robots to work cooperatively in search and rescue operations, c clean-up of hazardous waste, etc. (College of Arts and Sciences).
- Studies of animal heaIth, genetics, nutrition, and reproduction for improved animal health and research on the effects of antibiotic use and animal management to improve performance of human and animal medicine with
local farmers, veterinarians, government agencies among others (College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources).
- Conducting and disseminating participatory research on the extent of under-taxed absentee land ownership in coal-mining counties of central Appalachia (College of Arts and Sciences).
- Collaboration among colleges resulted in development and implementation of water kiosks and community center access in a low-income Appalachian community (Colleges of Nursing, Architecture and Engineering).
- Performances or exhibitions of music, dance, art, etc .. that are accessible to members of communities who do not usually experience the arts (College of Arts and Sciences).