Scholarship of Engagement

Scholarly engagement, like scholarly learning and discovery, is an important mechanism for faculty advancement in a land grant institution. Scholarly engagement addresses needs identified by communities through mutually beneficial collaborations among the university and community stakeholders, resulting in positive measurable impacts for all parties.

Engagement or service activities (i.e. committee service, delivering continuing education presentations, providing clinical services) are important for faculty to be good citizens of the university and can all be components of scholarly engagement, but are not necessarily scholarly activities alone.

Scholarly engagement is distinguished from other activities through inclusion of the following components:

  1. The core principles of engagement are satisfied
    • A community-identified need is addressed
    • There is a mutually-beneficial collaboration among community and university partners
  2. B.  The project includes scholarship
    • The faculty member employs their discipline-based expertise
    • The activity is innovative and has clear objectives
    • The activity can be replicated and built upon by others to benefit future scholars
  3. C. Impact is demonstrated through outcomes assessment (A description of the state of events before the program was initiated can be helpful in documenting impact)
    • New knowledge is generated with a change in behavior or practice as a result of that knowledge
    • The change in behavior or practice contributes to and impacts the public good, namely, the activity resulted in measurable positive impact to the community, the profession, or the university
    • The program impact includes direct impact on participants, students, and value to the public
  4. D. Excellence is exemplified
    • There is documented peer-recognition (funding, conference invitations, presentations, publications in peer-reviewed journals, awards, honors, media recognition, economic impact, patents, etc.)
    • Resources are brought into Purdue or the community to support the activity (funding, donations in kind).

Examples of scholarly engagement in clinical service can include developing, presenting (invited presentations), and publishing (peer-reviewed articles, case-studies, textbooks/reference books/book chapters) new and improved diagnostic approaches or treatment modalities to solve current health challenges. For such activities to be scholarly, clear impact on the patients or practice of veterinary medicine should be documented (i.e. improved survival rates, decreased time to diagnosis, more accurate diagnosis, replaced previous gold standard). Other impacts that can be documented include: developing a specialty service that was not previously offered; documenting translation of new approach from veterinary to human medicine; research funding garnered for clinical trials; or patents)

The PVM Office of Engagement is pleased assist faculty with documentation of scholarly engagement efforts for promotion and tenure purposes.

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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