Reciprocity and Scholarly Connections: Faculty Perspectives About the Role of Community Engaged Work in Their Career Vitality

Amiee LaPointe Terosky

Abstract


This qualitative study examined 25 faculty members representing varying ranks, institutional types, disciplines, racial/ethnic backgrounds, and gender with current or recent participation in community-engaged research, service, and/or teaching. The study explored their perspectives on whether or not and, if applicable, in what ways their participation in community-engaged work influenced their vitality. For 23 of the 25 participants, community-engaged work positively affected their vitality. Interview analysis and document review revealed two aspects of this work as most significant: reciprocity (mutual benefits between faculty and community partners) and scholarly connections (integrating content expertise and community work). Implications for practice are discussed. 


Keywords


community engagement; faculty; vitality; public good

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