Scholarship of Engagement

This page contains resources for faculty and staff to accomplish our strategic goal of  "providing service and knowledge that impact our global society" in a scholarly manner. Engagement activities at Purdue University include promoting: economic development; P-12 education; service and experiential learning; quality of life for constituents; and lifelong learning. Most of our activities at the College of Veterinary Medicine have an engagement component.

The "scholarship of engagement" is a concept by which engagement efforts are embraced as scholarly activities, equal to teaching and research. Scholarly engagement efforts are: tied directly to one's area of academic expertise; contribute to the public good; and have demonstrated impact through assessment of outcomes. Assessment should demonstrate the continuum of engagement impact: (1) generation of new knowledge; (2) change in behavior or practice as a result of that knowledge; and (3) how the change in behavior or practice impacts the public good. One role of the Office of Engagement is to promote such scholarship by:

  • providing links to resources on the scholarship of engagement
  • providing notification of opportunities to speak at and to attend engagement conferences
  • assisting with documentation of engagement efforts for promotion and tenure purposes
  • facilitating collaborative efforts with communities, professional organizations, commodity groups, veterinarians, biomedical scientists, experts in synergistic areas, other universities, private industries, and government agencies
  • providing notification of funding opportunities for engagement projects

Download guidelines for you to use when developing and reporting your scholarly engagement activities - Scholarly Engagement.pdf


Evaluation Criteria for the Scholarship of Engagement. National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement. Dr. Lorilee R. Sandmann (PDF)

Resource Guide and Recommendations for Defining and Benchmarking Engagement. Committee on Institutional Cooperation. Draft finalized on 8/09/2006 (PDF)

Returning to Our Roots. The Engaged Institution. Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities. February 1999 (PDF)

Scholarship of Engagement: Making the Case for Promotion. Dr. Lorilee R. Sandmann. Presented at Purdue University on March 18, 2008 (PDF)

Scholarship of Engagement Select Bibliography (PDF)

Making the Case for Promotion October 30, 2009 workshop materials

The PVM Office of Engagement promotes and supports the application of learning and discovery to foster long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships that improve our communities and the veterinary profession.

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