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Research Articles

Vol. 27 No. 4

A Qualitative Study of Multilevel Faculty Motivations for Pursuing Engaged Scholarship

  • Michael Rios
  • Larissa Saco
November 19, 2021


Drawing on the narrative inquiry method, a qualitative study of 49 engaged scholar interviews at the University of California, Davis was conducted to understand motivations for practicing engaged scholarship. Notwithstanding the significant contributions to understanding faculty motivations in this field, we argue that previous research details the roles of individuals and institutions of higher learning while leaving room for further theorization of other important influences and their intersections. The study findings reveal that faculty report intrinsic, extrinsic, and relational motivations that interact at multiple levels of influence. These multilevel motivational influences have implications for faculty recruitment and retention, implementation of institutional support strategies, and recognition in merit and promotion.