Engaged Scholarship Pedagogy and Curriculum Design

Engaged Scholarship is an orientation to teaching and research that connects “the rich resources of the university to our most pressing social, civic, and ethical problems”(1). These connections are explicit, concrete, and distinguished by methods, pedagogies, and scholarly processes that are applied, collaborative, participatory, and action-oriented.


Engaged Scholarship in Undergraduate Courses

There are three main approaches for an engaged scholarship course, and to incorporate public-facing, civic and community-engaged learning: assignments, modules, and immersive experiences. The approaches vary in:

  • How engaged scholarship fits within the intellectual arc of a course
  • Scope of work students will carry out
  • Time requirements
  • How and to what extent students engage with the public, specific organizations, a broad or defined community, and the relationships involved


In these guidelines, you will find an overview and a description of what each of these three increasingly involved approaches entail.


Click each link for more details on each approach:


Guidelines for each approach include:

  • Scope: The extent of the engagement, and the degree to which the engagement is embedded in the course; the role of faculty and course support staff (TFs, TAs, RAs, CAs); and the relationships involved
  • Key Characteristics: The features of the approach and what is involved; what students will carry-out
  • Learning Goals: The purpose and intended outcomes of the engaged learning component; the knowledge, skills, and attitudes/behaviors engaged learning will nurture in students over the term.
  • Course examples: One-page outlines of FAS courses in each category

A single course might include some of the elements in each category, but not all of them

Additionally, here you will find a description of:


(1) Boyer, Ernest (1996). The scholarship of engagement. Journal of Public Service and Outreach, 1(1), 11-20