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.

See my recent op-ed on the need to add clarity and context to the evaluation of engaged scholarship in the academy.

O'Meara, K. (2018, August 22). Accurately Assessing Engaged Scholarship. Inside Higher Education.


Select Articles and Chapters

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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