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Public Scholarship Program

The Public Scholarship program of CCCE aims to bring increased visibility and support the work of Public, or Engaged, Scholarship by Carleton’s faculty, and in many cases by collaborations between faculty and students.   

What is Public Scholarship?

Because what counts as Public Scholarship can be variously defined, the Public Scholarship program aims to help foster conversations at Carleton to bring clarity to Carleton’s distinctive approach to these endeavors, and to raise the profile of the exciting Public Scholarship of Carleton’s faculty over many years in this respect. 

Here are two definitions from Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a consortium to which Carleton belongs:

  • Public Scholarship refers to diverse modes of creating and circulating knowledge for and with publics and communities. (Click to read more...)
    • It often involves mutually-beneficial partnerships between higher education and organizations in the public and private sectors. Its goals include enriching research, creative activity, and public knowledge; enhancing curriculum, teaching and learning; preparing educated and engaged citizens; strengthening democratic values and civic responsibility; addressing and helping to solve critical social problems; and contributing to the public good.
           — Imagining America Mission Statement
  • Imagining America defines public scholarship as scholarly or creative activity that joins serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence. It includes: (Click to read more...)
    • Scholarly and creative work jointly planned and carried out by university and community partners;
    • Intellectual work that produces a public good;
    • Artistic, critical, and historical work that contributes to public debates;
    • Efforts to expand the place of public scholarship in higher education, including the development of new programs and research on the successes of such efforts.
           — “Scholarship in Public,” the Report of the Tenure Team Initiative of Imagining America