Support for Engaged Scholarship Courses

Support for Engaged Scholarship Courses

The MPES offers individual consultations, and ongoing support from a network of colleagues engaged in similar pedagogical work. In addition, the MPES can provide support funding for reasonable expenses to teach an engaged scholarship course as indicated below. Support will vary across approaches; depend on what the engaged learning component entails; how many times the course will be taught; the size of a course; and considering other course support that may be available through departments and OUE.

Support is only available for designated Engaged Scholarship courses. To request funding for an engaged scholarship course, fill out the Engaged Scholarship Funding Request Form. 

Course expenses

  • Fees, such as for a local field trip, for example museum admission
  • Printing, such as for posters and archival materials
  • Local transportation for off-campus assignments (MBTA T-passes)
  • Events, such as for consumables at a capstone or closing event
  • Transportation or parking for community collaborators to come to campus
  • Equipment, such as tripods or voice recorders

Course support

Funding may be provided to support course administration, manage course logistics, liaison with community partners, oversee and facilitate students’ work with communities and collaborators. The MPES does not provide instructional support, although instructional support from OUE is often coupled with additional support from the MPES.

  • An hourly CA or RA to help prep a course prior to the semester it will be taught
  • An hourly CA or RA to assist the course when taught
  • Additional funding for a TF/TA to take on additional responsibilities in an MPES course. For example, additional funding to increase a TF’s time from .2 to .3 or, although rarely, .4.
  • Funding for a TF or TA for a smaller seminar course

Guest speakers

Guests speakers are imagined in a distinct way for engaged scholarship courses that differs from what is often supported by academic departments. The MPES can sometimes provide funding for guests to come to class, meet and work with students when those individuals are practitioners, activists, organizers, artists, leaders of community-based organizations, frontline workers, etc.- people who are not often invited into Harvard classrooms. In Mindich courses, students should actively engage with guests, or guests should facilitate students’ engagement with materials and perspectives in community settings or outside of the academic domain in some way.  Visits and conversations with speakers are conceptualized as active, not passive experiences, and thus should entail more than listening to a guest speaker. Because part of what distinguishes engaged scholarship is that students do work/have experiences off campus (including remotely), there should therefore be a bi-directional experience between students and guests or collaborators which not only informs academic work but, importantly, supports students active engagement with a public audience, defined group, or community.

The MPES aims to facilitate getting resources/funds into communities, and outside of academic circles as well as Harvard-affiliated spaces. The MPES does not provide honoraria to, for example, senior scholars, policy experts, and alumni who are often invited into Harvard classrooms. When the MPES does provide funds for honoraria, it is strongly preferred that those funds be paid to the organizations or causes speakers are affiliated with as opposed to the individuals, if possible, and/or that a donation to a cause/organization be made in place of or in addition to an honorarium.

MPES is not able to pay for co-instructors or collaborator/consulting fees. Funds for artists’ fees and in-class workshops will be considered on an individual basis. In these instances, presenters will need to invoice as opposed to being paid an honorarium.

In project-based and participatory courses the experience/project should be mutually beneficial to students and community collaborators, and in most cases should not require compensation for collaborators to work with students. The MPES can cover costs associated with the project and community partners engagement (eg: travel to visit class) so collaborators do not incur any costs.