The UT Faculty Handbook (July 2015) states that Professors and Associate Professors are “expected to have achieved and to maintain a nationally recognized record in disciplinary research/scholarship/creative activity/engaged scholarship”. For faculty involved in engaged scholarship, these four categories are intimately related and interdependent on each other. This wording can be interpreted to mean that engaged scholarship is an optional, additional path by which faculty can demonstrate their value to their academic unit, the University, and their profession. Not all faculty will choose to participate in engaged scholarship. At the same time, faculty who do participate may do so at the expense of more traditional research and scholarship activities and may need to pay careful attention to the presentation of their record of
Engaged scholarship must engage the faculty member with relevant communities and must apply the academic expertise of the faculty member in solv ing problems of those communities. The community may also be engaged in the evaluation of the success of the project. The guidelines below are intended to assist faculty plan, document, and demonstrate their effort in engaged scholarship.
Evaluation of Individual Projects
After engaged scholarship activity has been designed and implemented, there are several ways (none alone is sufficient) to present evidence of scholarly excellence:
- Peer reviewed books, journals, monographs, exhibits, shows, and
- Non-peer reviewed publications/performances such as creation of videotapes, computer programs, and fact sheets; syllabus reprints; development of program materials; media appearances; authored newspaper articles; writing for business trade or community publications, and technical reports that fall between peer-reviewed and non-reviewed publications.
- In the case of publications/performances that are not peer reviewed, the faculty member should be encouraged to provide a statement that details innovative links made between theory and practice along with other indications of value and/or impact.
- Evaluative statements from peers or clients related to the scholarly quality, creativity and impact of publications, reports and other materials produced by the faculty member.
- Grants and contracts designed to develop and deliver outreach innovations, when such grants and contracts are competitive and subject to peer review and approval.
- Documentation that individuals from outside the state or nation have sought out and want to study t he engaged provider’s work and innovations.
- Development of instruments and processes used by others to solve persistent problems.
- Receipt of issuance of patents and evidence of intellectual property such as copyrighted materials, software, multimedia presentations, etc.
Evidence of Excellence In Engaged Scholarship
Faculty for whom engaged scholarship is a major component of their scholarly activity will need to demonstrate a comprehensive commitment for the purposes of annual evaluations, tenure, and promotion. These faculty should have achieved and maintained a nationally recognized record in engaged scholarship, and be able to demonstrate that they:
- Address issues that are relevant to the discipline and the community
- Engage the community in all aspects of the relevant scholarship activities
- Make contributions that are meaningful to both discipline and the community
- Disseminate findings to both discipline and the community
- Practice methods of continuous improvement of engagement and scholarship
- Act in leadership roles in both discipline and the community
- Demonstrate ethical and socially responsible practices
Detailed application of engaged scholarship will be determined by the individual department or unit.