Center For Public Scholarship And Social Change

Community Partners

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;
  • 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.


News about our Partners and recent events:

In collaboration with Ambassadors for Hope, the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change hosted Sec. John E. Wetzel (PA Sec. of Corrections) at the Ware Center to discuss with community leaders, residents, and Millersville students the impact of incarceration on children and families.

Student research fellows, through the Center of Public Scholarship and Social Change, assist in the Lancaster Southwest Revitalization Plan.

In 2015, a Lancaster County family services advocate for children who have a parent in prison was launched thanks in part to the work of Bob Cooper, Dr. Mary Glazier, support of the Ambassadors for Hope executive committee, and Millersville University students.

March 15, 2016 - Millersville’s Dr. Mary Glazier was on Smart Talk with representatives from Ambassadors for Hope and Compass Mark to discuss the needs of children with a parent in prison.  Listen to the archived program at

At the request of the Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change and the Lancaster Safety Coalition (LSC), Millersville Communication and Theatre students Michael Rapak, Haley Shiner, and Jessica File produced this short film in support of the (LSC).

 On-going research for the Lancaster Safety Coalition was featured in on ABC27 in a report on their rebranding and fundraising. 


The Community Engagement Grant Program aims to create a community of faculty with a shared interest in service learning and/or community based research to collaborate and support each other in the development of engaged public scholarship.

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Research Fellows

  • Amy Mitchell: Graduate Assistant 
  • Joseph Brandenburg: Graduate Assistant
  • Abigail Jefferys: Research Fellow
  • Brandon Lee: Research Fellow
  • Laddie Springer: Research Fellow
  • Camila Huber: Research Fellow
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  • Contact Info
    Center for Public Scholarship

    Mary H. Glazier, Ph.D.
    Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change
    717-871-7476 (McComsey Hall)

    Amy Mitchell
    Graduate Assistant

    Joseph Brandenburg
    Graduate Assistant

    Second Floor, Huntingdon House
    8 George Street, Millersville PA

  • Events And Resources

    The Center for Public Scholarship engaging events are excellent opportunities for faculty, staff, students, and the community to share their interest in service learning and community-based research.

    The Policy Conference is an annual event that engages the University family and the community-at-large in national dialogues of policy issues of interest to the region, nation, and the world. The format of the event includes general and breakout sessions with keynote speakers and other experts of national and international repute.

    The Center for Public Scholarship and Social Change has developed a set of resources at your disposal, including links, journals, conference information, and grant opportunities.