breaking the university reward systems?

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Call for applications from Canadian universities ready to take on challenge of rewarding and developing community engaged scholarship.

Community-engaged scholarship (CES) is gaining momentum in Canadian higher education, yet university reward systems have not kept pace. Much work needs to be done within university cultures to institutionalize and sustain community engagement as a core value and practice. Developing a cadre of faculty members whose focus is CES – and universities that recognize and reward them – are central to addressing this issue.

The College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health are spearheading a national initiative that aims to change university policies and practices to better develop and reward community-engaged scholarship. Through the attached “call for university partners,” we are seeking 5-10 universities to join with us in a three-year collaborative effort.

Universities that are committed to advancing CES and eager to collaborate with their peers are encouraged to apply. Applicants may propose to make change at the level of the university as a whole, in one particular school/college or in multiple schools/colleges.

Applications are due on July 12, 2010. A conference call will be held on May 26, 2010 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm ET to answer questions from prospective applicants. To register for the call, please complete this online form:

Please forward this to anyone you believe would be interested in this effort.

Questions or comments may be sent to or feel free to contact a member of the initiative leadership team, below.

“We look forward to hearing from you!”

Kerry Daly, Associate Dean for Research, College of Social & Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph,
Linda Hawkins, Director, Initiative on Community Engaged Scholarship/Research Shop, College of Social & Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph,
Sarena Seifer, Executive Director, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and Adjunct Professor, College of Social & Applied Human Sciences, University of Guelph,

I’d hope librarians from across the country become involved in this initiative!

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