About the Center
The Center for Public Scholarship & Social Change brings together teams of faculty, students, and members of the community to engage collaboratively in research for public purposes. Aiming to leverage the ability for shared research on public issues, the Center for Public Scholarship lends assistance and expertise in identifying research issues, developing research designs, collecting data, writing up results, disseminating results, and working with policymakers and practitioners to resolve issues affecting local, regional, and global communities.
Key figures and organizations of client communities are actively sought to play a significant role in helping to define and prioritize the issues on which such research focuses. Goals for the Center include the following:
- conduct, publish, and disseminate results of sponsored research on regional concerns through online and print communication, conferences, mass media educational communication, teleconferencing, and cross-cultural consulting and training;
- organize and direct focused research on public issues and develop new models, provide expertise, create linkages to support public impact activities, and help initiate and guide public policy decision-making;
- support faculty, student, staff, and community research projects through the Polling and Research Office, including but not limited to research involving perceived community needs, quality of services, and attitudes of the public;
- help raise the level of public awareness about and responsiveness to public issues;
- coordinate faculty and visitor colloquia, workshops, and conferences to bring awareness to and support the development of community-based scholarship; and
- offer funding opportunities for individual faculty members, visitors, students and student organizations to subsidize community-based research activities.