Center For Public Scholarship And Social Change

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.

Goals for the Center include the following:

  • 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;
  • Collaborate with community organizations to define and prioritize the issues on which such research focuses;
  • 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.

Meet the Crew

Get to know the faculty, staff and research assistants who work incredibly hard on the Center's projects!

About Us

Research Reports

Please feel free to look through all the research reports the Center has done over the years!

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2022 Community Engagement Grant

The Community Engagement Grant Program, housed within the Center for Public Scholarship & Social Change, is an internal grant program for faculty that aims to support costs (e.g., supplies, equipment, student wages) associated with one of the following projects: Community-Based Research and Community Impact Projects.

The submission deadline is Monday, April 4th, 2022. 

For the application and more information about the grant, please click here.

People and Places

Congratulations Dr. Jennifer Frank, Jenna Graeff, and Dawn Watson on being published in the Engage for Change Journal! To read their paper, "Two Sides of the Same Coin: Homelessness as Environmental Injustice", click here.

Stepping Stones

Dr. Jennifer Frank and her team have been featured on the LNP website! To learn more about this amazing project, click here to read the full article.

Message for the Class of Fall 2021

Congratulations Mary Brogna, Destiny Lebron, and David Lenig on graduating! We wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavors! We will be cheering you on as you start your next stage of life. On behalf of the Center, thank you for all your hard work, engagement, and dedication in helping the local community.