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The Engaged Scholarship Initiative

At Penn State, engaged scholarship is defined as out-of-classroom academic experiences that complement in-classroom learning. Members of the University community are working on ways to elevate the role of engaged scholarship in undergraduate education and to create more opportunities for students to have such experiences.

We invite you to learn more by exploring this site, attending an event, talking to your peers and colleagues, connecting with College and campus resources, and contacting us. We also invite you to contribute to this site by sharing examples, additional resources, and more. Please contact us with your contributions, questions, or suggestions.


Two Keynote Speakers Announced for Engaged Scholarship Symposium

Advancing Engaged Scholarship: Practical Strategies for Penn State will be held on Tuesday, March 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pennsylvania.

Two notable figures in the field of engaged scholarship will provide keynote presentations at the second annual Engaged Scholarship Symposium.

Richard Kiely, PhD, Director of Engaged Learning and Research at Cornell University
Richard_KielyDr. Kiely provides support, guidance, resources, course work, and professional development opportunities for faculty, students, and community members who are interested in community-engaged learning and research.

Dr. Kiely’s research focuses primarily on institutional models that foster sustainable campus-community partnerships, as well as the learning processes and outcomes that occur in service-learning courses and community-based research programs.

Dr. Kiely continues to be an active scholar in the area of service-learning and engagement in higher education and regularly conducts seminars and workshops for students and faculty on course design, experiential learning, service-learning, community-based participatory action research, assessment, and program evaluation. View his full profile here.

Bryant T. Marks, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College
Bryant_MarksDr. Marks is the director of the Morehouse Male Initiative, whose mission is to identify factors that foster the affirmative personal and academic development of Black males.

Dr. Marks teaches courses on the psychology of African American males, statistics, research methods, social psychology, racial identity, intergroup relations, prejudice, and racism. He is currently distributing a set of science manuals with a companion DVD that include modules created by African American college students designed to teach concepts in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and psychology. This innovative, student-centered approach to teaching science incorporates the interests and experiences of African American males into each lesson. View his full profile here.


Carnegie CEC sealPenn State recognized by Carnegie Foundation for community engagement efforts

January 7, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As a result of Penn State’s far-reaching community partnerships, including cancer prevention efforts in Appalachia and sustainable greenhouse design and production in Africa, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected the University for its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.

The classification recognizes “excellent alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy engagement,” according to the Carnegie Foundation. Some 361 U.S. colleges and universities have earned the classification.

Read the official story on Penn State News.

View Penn State’s official application and supporting documents on our Resources page.


Photo of student Ryan HenriciPenn State senior selected as Marshall Scholar

November 24, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ryan Henrici, a Penn State Schreyer Honors College scholar, has been selected to receive a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, a highly sought-after program that finances American college students to study in the United Kingdom. The senior from Wayne, Pennsylvania, will graduate in May with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and has chosen to study malaria at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Penn State President Eric Barron noted, “As an exemplary engaged student, Ryan has contributed to Penn State and the research community in many extraordinary ways.” Read more


Photo of Laurie GrobmanBerks’ Grobman wins Outstanding Baccalaureate College Professor of the Year

November 20, 2014
Laurie Grobman, professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State Berks, will be recognized as one of the best in American higher education when she is named Outstanding Baccalaureate College Professor of the Year today (Nov. 20) at a luncheon and awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. She is one of four national winners of the 2014 U.S. Professors of the Year awards. Read more


VIDEO: Engaged Scholarship around Penn State