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Community-Engaged Scholarship

Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., calls for work that connects the university to human society, human life, and the environment. Engaged scholarship at Loyola University Maryland does this work.

Engaged Scholarship

Engaged scholarship is produced through reciprocal, mutually beneficial partnerships between the university’s knowledge centers—the faculty, students, curriculum, classrooms, and library—and community agencies, persons, and other resources. By advancing social and environmental justice, engaged citizenship, transformative learning, and disciplinary knowledge, such partnerships are an example of Loyola’s Jesuit mission in action.

Characteristics of Engaged Scholarship at Loyola

  • Often combines the traditional work of research, teaching, and service.
  • Can take the form of pedagogical activity (service-learning teaching and course development).
  • Can produce publications focused on pedagogy.
  • Can take the form of “traditional,” peer-reviewed scholarship.
  • Is frequently interdisciplinary and collaborative.
  • Generally places a special priority on under-resourced communities.
  • Typically places a special priority on the Baltimore area. 
  • Forms partnerships in the spirit of the guidelines developed by the Campus-Communities Partners for Health (CCPH).

Qualities and Characteristics of Scholarship*

 Traditional Scholarship Engaged Scholarship 
 Breaks new ground in the discipline ...and has direct application to broader public issues
 Answers significant questions in the discipline ...which have direct relevance to public or community issues
 Is reviewed and validated by qualified peers in the discipline ...and by members of the community
 Is based on solid theoretical basis ...and practical basis
Applies appropriate investigative methods Applies appropriate investigative methods
 Is disseminated to appropriate audiences ...academy and community audiences
 Makes significant advances in knowledge and understanding of the discipline

...and public social issues

...and applies the knowledge to address issues in the community 

*Adapted from: Furco, A. (2005). A comparison of traditional scholarship and the scholarship of engagement. In J. Anderson, J., and J.A. Douglas (Eds.). Promoting Civic Engagement at the University of California: Recommendations from the Strategy Group on Civic and Academic Engagement. Berkeley: CA: Center for Studies in Higher Education, p. 10. 

Faculty Development


CCSJ provides faculty development on specific topics during fall and spring workshops. The spring workshop is generally held the week prior to commencement in May. Information about upcoming workshops will be advertised via the Engaged Faculty email list (please email CELS@loyola.edu if you would like to be added to this list) and through other University channels. 

Faculty Fellows Seminar

The Faculty Fellows Seminar (pdf), held during the spring semester, focuses on service-learning pedagogy and is required to teach service-learning designated courses (pdf). Interested faculty should email the Faculty Director for Community Engaged Learning and Scholarship, Dr. Allen Brizee or Assistant Director for Academic Engagement, Rosemary Riel. Download the application here.

Tenure and Promotion

Faculty may wish to consult the Community-Engaged Scholarship Review, Tenure, and Promotion package developed by the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative (CCHP), which includes detailed guidelines, rubrics, and even a mock CV and dossier for those who are seeking language for annual updates and tenure and promotion applications. These guidelines are broadly applicable to many academic disciplines.

Stay Connected

Faculty may also join the Engaged Faculty Outlook group for notification of events of interest on and off campus, information pertaining to Loyola's service-learning program, service and immersion activities, the York Road Initiative, and campus-community engagement. Contact CELS@loyola.edu if you'd like to be added to the list.


To promote community-engaged research for social justice, the university sponsors two types of grants:

The Kolvenbach Grant Program

These grants are available to undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Accepted proposed research is done in conjunction with community partners and aimed toward both helping the organization achieve its goals and advancing knowledge in the field. Applications are due by the first Friday of the spring semester. For more information and to apply, see the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs page. Contact CELS@loyola.edu with any questions.

The CELS Mini-Grant Program

CELS sponsors several mini-grant funding opportunities:

  • Faculty/Student Development Funds,
  • Engaged Scholarship Funds,
  • CELS Course Operating Funds, and
  • Campus-Community Partnerships in Knowledge Grants.

Please visit the mini-grant funding opportunities for more information and to apply. 

Loyola Faculty Awards and Scholarship


To recognize engaged work done by our faculty, the Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship is given annually in recognition of extraordinary contributions to Loyola students, community partners, and institutional mission through sustained involvement and excellence in engaged scholarship. To nominate faculty or to learn more, visit the Awards page.  


See our list of publications and grant recipients for examples of successful engaged scholarship projects.