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Section Two: Faculty for the Engaged Campus Funded Sites

Vol. 16 No. 1

Reflections on Community-Engaged Scholarship Faculty Development and Institutional Identity

March 13, 2012


Ohio University was one of six campuses funded in 2009–2010 as part of the Faculty for the Engaged Campus initiative. Following a self-assessment, a faculty development program to increase faculty competency in community-based participatory research (CBPR) was designed and implemented. The program included three major components designed to advance individual competencies for engaged scholarship: (1) a Faculty Fellowship in Engaged Scholarship, (2) the Community-Based Participatory Research Learning Community, and (3) the co-editing of a book, Participatory Partnerships for Social Action and Research. An additional goal, centralizing community-based participatory research efforts within the Appalachian Rural Health Institute, was partially achieved and is the focus of ongoing efforts. Two lessons were learned from this grant-funded endeavor: (1) there is a reciprocal relationship between institutional and faculty values and action; and (2) sustained dialogue with institutional leadership is critical for creating institutional structures and