ERIC Number: ED450631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-May
Working with Our Communities: Moving from Service to Scholarship in the Health Professions. Track 2.
Maurana, Cheryl; Wolff, Marie; Beck, Barbra J.; Simpson, Deborah E.
This paper presents a model of community scholarship. Community scholarship is defined as the products that result from the active, systematic engagement of academics with communities for such purposes as addressing a community need, studying community problems and issues, and engaging in the development of projects that build health. The paper opens with a historical perspective on scholarship and then describes four innovative approaches to documenting, recognizing, and rewarding faculty work. Four evidence-based models that document and assess scholarly activities creatively were selected for this discussion because they contain features that are applicable to community scholarship. Two models involve the development of a faculty portfolio. The third applies a set of six criteria that underlie the process of scholarship, and the final model is based on four competencies with specific requirements for the various professional ranks. The model that is developed is based on: (1) learning that combines rigorous academic curriculum with meeting community needs; (2) discovery that emphasizes community-oriented research; and (3) engagement that moves to the formation of strategic campus-community partnerships to improve health. Some suggestions are given to implement this model. (Contains 23 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Corporation for National Service.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (4th, Washington, DC, April 29-May 2, 2000). This paper is one of nine commissioned for discussion at the conference.