The University of Tennessee, the state’s flagship higher-education institution, is committed to advancement of its land-grant mission of service to society by becoming a model of engagement with its community and responsiveness to its constituencies. With the vast intellectual resources and talents represented by its faculty, staff, and students, the university seeks to maintain and improve its interaction with the society that sustains and nurtures it by focusing on improving the human condition and providing effective and lasting responses to diverse societal needs. In particular, the public university has a mission to serve groups that do not have positions of power within society. A key component of engaged scholarship is reciprocity. Engagement is a joint effort in which members of the community work together with faculty, staff, and students to identify needs and develop solutions. The primary purpose of this document is to support the goals of engaged scholarship by providing guidance to individuals and academic units on how to appropriately integrate engagement into the academic mission of the university.
The primary purpose of this site is to support the goals of University of Tennessee’s engaged scholarship by providing guidance to individuals and academic units on how to appropriately integrate outreach into the academic mission of the university. It defines the many facets of outreach and provides guidance in how to design, implement, and evaluate outreach. It should serve as a broad guide for unit heads and deans who evaluate faculty work for the tenure and promotion process as well as for merit salary increases. Departmental and college by-laws will provide more specific guidance on the role of outreach within academic disciplines.
The Chancellor’s Academic Outreach and Engagement Council has prepared these guidelines as part of its seven-point mission:
- To develop, propose, and continuously improve policies for academic outreach and engagement on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus.
- To lead the academic community in developing standards and definitions of engaged scholarship that are based on best practices.
- To facilitate the implementation and continuous advancement of academic outreach and engagement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
- To serve as the primary faculty representative and advocate for engaged scholarship.
- To disseminate information regarding academic outreach and engagement activities through close coordination and collaboration with other stakeholders.
- To work with key stakeholders to support and extend faculty members’ pursuit of engaged scholarship.
- To reward and recognize faculty members who demonstrate excellence in academic outreach and engaged scholarship.