The Engaged Scholar


The Faculty Write Program is collaborating with the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Office of Civic Engagement, and Duke Service-Learning to develop The Engaged Scholar Network at Duke.

This network will explore questions like the following: What kind of engaged research is happening on our campus? Are there opportunities for collaboration? How do we represent our work in our annual reviews and for APT? What would help us advance our scholarship?

The Engaged Scholar Network began with an Engaged Scholar Network Discussion in Fall 2018. The initiative has included an Engaged Scholar Retreat each fall beginning in Fall 2018, and The Engaged Scholar Lunch Series beginning in Spring 2019, which spotlights faculty whose work includes collaborations outside the academy.  

Featured Scholars

Keisha Bentley-Edwards, Samuel DeBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Assistant Professor, Division of General Medicine

Keval Kaur Khalsa, Professor Dance and Theater Studies, Dance Program

Sarah Wilbur, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance, Dance Program

Jesse McCoy, James Scott Farrin Senior Lecturing Fellow, Supervising Attorney, Civil Justice Clinic

Theresa Newman, Charles S. Rhyne Clinical Professor of Law, Co-Director, Wrongful Convictions Clinic

Liliana Paredes, Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies

Orin Starn, Professor of Cultural Anthropology and History

Liz Shapiro-Garza, Associate Professor of the Practice of Environmental Policy and Management

Catherine Kastleman, Program Coordinator, Superfund Research Center


Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative. The Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative aims to continue cultivating a community of practice among faculty, students, staff and community partners by bringing together, working with and building on many existing initiatives and sources of support for engagement at Duke University. The Collaborative provides space to learn, share and actively apply concepts and insights reflecting best practices for community-engaged scholarship.

Primer on the Benefits and Value of Civic & Community Engagement in Higher Education, North Carolina Campus Compact, 2021. The Primer project was envisioned in fall 2019 in response to a growing critique of the “social justice” goals of higher education. The urgency of its purpose increased due to the challenges of 2020 – the global pandemic, racial unrest, and political polarization and threats to democracy.

Articles, books, and resources on community-engaged scholarship, University of North Carolina Greensboro. Excellent resource for understanding how engaged scholarship fits in the broader context of scholarship in the academy. 

Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit, Campus Compact. The purpose of the toolkit is: To add clarity to the meaning and conceptualization of community-engaged scholarship in a research university context; to provide a rationale for why to do it and resources on how to do it well; to provide tools and assistance for faculty at research universities to document engaged scholarship for reward and promotion (i.e., how to get credit for it); and to provide tools and assistance for enabling the assessment of engaged scholarship (i.e., for faculty reward and promotion).