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Section One: Faculty for the Engaged Campus National Initiative

Vol. 16 No. 1

Faculty for the Engaged Campus: Advancing Community-Engaged Careers in the Academy

March 13, 2012


Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a
national membership organization that promotes health equity
and social justice through partnerships between communities and
higher education institutions. In response to faculty concerns about
the institutional barriers to community-engaged careers in the
academy, CCPH embarked on a series of national initiatives centered
on a two-pronged change strategy: (1) to support communityengaged
faculty members going up for promotion and tenure in a
system unlikely to change in time to benefit them, and (2) to work
toward longer-term systems change. CCPH’s initiative, Faculty for
the Engaged Campus, aimed to strengthen community-engaged
career paths in the academy by developing innovative competencybased
models of faculty development, facilitating peer review and
dissemination of products of community-engaged scholarship, and
supporting community-engaged faculty members through the promotion
and tenure process. In this article, the authors describe these
challenges, the approaches taken to address them, lessons learned,
and observations for the future. Subsequent articles in this thematic
issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement
report on the design and impact of the initiative’s components.