Engaged Scholarship

“Consistent with our mission to serve ‘the community, the nation, and the world,’ learning that connects academic and real-world experiences is central to the undergraduate experience at Brown. As an established leader in this area, Brown is in a position to define the 'second wave' of integrative approaches to engaged learning.”  - Building on Distinction: A New Plan for Brown

We support engaged teaching, learning, and scholarship through several key programs and courses at the Swearer Center:

  • 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
  • TRI-Lab brings together students, faculty, and community practitioners to engage with complex social issues and collaboratively develop, refine, and test solutions to these issues
  • Engaged Courses are developed and taught by Brown faculty and Swearer Center staff on a range of themes relevant to social change work.

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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.

Brown University is a member of The Research University Civic Engagement Network (TRUCEN). TRUCEN works to advance civic engagement and engaged scholarship among research universities and to create resources and models for use across higher education. Click here for more information about how TRUCEN defines the theory and practice of engaged scholarship.

Learning and Doing at Brown

The "Learning and Doing" series on engaged scholarship at Brown University tells the stories of faculty and students partnering with the community to advance scholarship and benefit the world beyond Brown. Learning and Doing with: 

Activist Artist Pia Brar '16 
Sustainable Design Engineer Chris Bull
Student Government President Maahika Srinivasan ‘15​
Anthropologist Liz Hoover
Food System Advocate Lauren Behgam '15
Climate Change Scientist Timmons Roberts
Civics Advocate Rachel Black ‘16
Political Scientist Jim Morone
Civil Engineer Sam Lee '15
Playwright Erik Ehn

Brown University's Engaged Scholars Program connects academic learning with social impact.  News from Brown. May 13, 2016.
ESP welcomes 63 new students. Swearer News
. May 11, 2016.
Anthropology class pushes students to serve community. March 2016.
"Helping Students Pursue Research with a Purpose"
. January 13, 2016.
"How Engaged Learning Can Invigorate Higher Education," Huffington Post, March 2015.