Engaged Scholars Program

A collaboration between the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Dean of the College, and Brown academic departments, the Engaged Scholars Program supports students, faculty, and community partners seeking to integrate teaching, research, and practice to advance scholarship and benefit the world beyond Brown.

The Engaged Scholars Program (ESP) offers:

For Students
Educational pathways that connect academic theory and practice, enabling students to gain hands-on experience working with community partners to address important social challenges

For Faculty
Support for the development and teaching of engaged courses and community partnerships

For Community Partners
Opportunities to pursue community-driven projects and research in collaboration with Brown students and faculty

Engaged Scholars departments currently include Anthropology, Environmental Studies & Sciences, Engineering, Theater Arts & Performance Studies, and Public Policy. Additional departments will join each year.

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Erik Ehn, Department Chair of Theater Arts and Performance Studies and Engaged Scholars Program faculty, discusses his work with the Swearer Center. 

What is Engaged Scholarship?

“Engaged scholarship” refers to community-based inquiry by students and faculty in partnership with community members outside of the academy. Its goal is to create high-impact learning experiences and collaborative educational partnerships that address major social challenges and produce tangible public benefits.

Engaged scholarship is premised on the idea that reciprocal exchanges between academic and non-academic partners - in the classroom, on campus, in the community - create rich opportunities for learning, knowledge-creation, and problem-solving that will help to create a more just and equitable society.

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