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ERIC Number: ED532611
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 218
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1094-1365-6
Faculty and Community Collaboration in Sustained Community-University Engagement Partnerships
Allen, Angela Danyell
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Michigan State University
This dissertation is a qualitative case study of the factors of collaboration between faculty and community partners in sustained community-university engagement partnerships at a public research university in the Midwest. Based on secondary data from an annual, online, mixed-method survey of faculty-reported engagement activity, parallel yet tailored interviews were conducted with ten faculty and nine community partners, corresponding to nine full partnerships. The research conceptual framework implied that as faculty and community partners sustained their partnerships, partnership policies, resources and commitments influenced their ability to align both the academic and civic organizational contexts. This study's findings assert that the community-university engagement model of mutual exchange between partners is working in practice, especially in relationship to co-creation of knowledge, into transfer, application and preservation. The collaborative process necessitated simultaneous organizational and community policies, resources, and commitments that were strongly influenced by the characteristics of fit between faculty and their community partners. The fit between both partners was based on a commitment to co-create scholarly work useful to the community. Moreover, the leadership relationship was supported by the factors of establishing common goals, networks, experience, and knowledge sharing across both academic and civic organizational contexts. As both partners came together to develop and implement the partnerships in this study, their example of mutual respect and trust expanded throughout both of their respective institutions' networks. Thus, the actual leadership relationship was modeled into a community-placed network of relationships that sustained the partnership, in spite of institutional challenges. The scholarship of engagement centers on campus and community processes and products of community-campus engagement. The purpose of the scholarship of engagement is to assess reciprocity for both communities and campuses that undertake these collaborations. Although there is an emerging body of community-university engagement literature in higher education, little is known about reciprocal impacts on communities involved in community-university engagement--including institutional policies, resources, and commitments. Further, even less has been published within higher education detailing the community's perspective in these partnerships. The factors of organizational alignment that are in common between faculty and community partners demonstrate the synchronicity between organizational challenges and opportunities across these sectors. Understanding these collaborations addresses implications for social change and the idea of the academic institution as societal citizen. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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