Faculty Community Engagement

Engaged scholarship occurs when a faculty member connects his or her teaching and pursuit of knowledge to public problems and solutions. I have studied faculty exemplars that have received national and international awards for their community engagement, and studied the myriad ways institutions can create environments that support faculty in this work. I have also studied strategies adopted by engaged scholars to navigate inhospitable academic reward systems, and the cultural values and assumptions embedded in the assessment of scholarship that act as a barrier to success.

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O’Meara, K., Lounder, A. & Hodges, A. (2013). University Leaders’ use of episodic power to support faculty community engagement. Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, 19(2). 5-20. View PDF

O’Meara, K. (2011). Because I Can: Exploring Faculty Civic Agency (Working Paper 2011-1). Dayton, OH: Kettering Foundation. View PDF

Bloomgarden, A,. & O’Meara, K. (2007). Faculty role integration and community engagement: Harmony or cacophony? Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 13(2), 5-18. View PDF

O’Meara, K. (2012). Research on faculty motivation for service learning. In P. Clayton, R. Bringle, & J. Hatcher (Eds.), Research on service-learning: Conceptual frameworks and assessment (pp. 215-243). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, LLC.

O’Meara, K. (2011). Faculty civic engagement: New training, assumptions, and markets needed for the engaged American scholar. In J. Saltmarsh & M. Hartley (Eds.), To serve a larger purpose: Engagement for democracy and the transformation of higher education (pp. 177-198). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. View PDF

O’Meara, K., Sandmann, L. R., Saltmarsh, J., & Giles, Jr. D. E. (2011). Studying the professional lives and work of faculty involved in community engagement. Innovative Higher Education, 36(2), 83-96. View PDF

O’Meara, K. & Niehaus, E. (2009). Service-learning is…How faculty explain their practice. Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, 16(1). 1-16. View PDF

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