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Center for Community Service and Justice

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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. The university supports that work by supporting community-based research and civic- and community-engaged learning and scholarship.

Engaged scholarship at Loyola University Maryland is ideally 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, including service-learning teaching and course development, as well as 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 guidelines developed by the Campus-Communities Partners for Health (CCPH)

Faculty may wish to consult the Community-Engaged Scholarship Review, Tenure, and Promotion package developed by the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative, 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.

Faculty Development

CCSJ provides faculty development on specific topics during fall and spring workshops. The spring workshop is generally held in May the week prior to commencement. Topics of recent workshops include "Liberating Service Learning" with Randy Stoecker, University of Wisconsin (Spring 2017) and "Who's Being Served? Critical Service Learning and Racial Justice," led by John Reiff, University of Massachusetts, and Baltimore Racial Justice Action (Spring 2018).  In fall 2018, we are offering a faculty reading group on the ethics and methodologies of community-engaged research, led by Rob Helfenbein, PhD., Associate Dean of the School of Education. 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).

Faculty seeking to include examples of engaged scholarship in documents for annual review and tenure and promotion materials are encouraged to consult the recommendations of the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative, which include criteria and guidelines applicable to any discipline and a sample dossier.

Faculty may also join the Engaged Faculty Outlook group for notification of events of interest on and off campus to engaged faculty, 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.

Grants and Awards

To promote community-engaged research for social justice, the university sponsors 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, see the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs page; contact CELS@loyola.edu with any questions.

CELS also sponsors several small-grant funding opportunities: Faculty/Student Development Funds, Engaged Scholarship Funds, CELS Course Operating Funds, and Campus-Community Partnerships in Knowledge Grants.

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. Learn more on our Awards page.  

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