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Scholarship & Research

Community-Engaged Scholarship refers to scholarly work conducted as a reciprocally-beneficial partnership between traditionally trained "experts" and members of a community, and intended for community improvement. There are many outlets for publishing and presenting community engaged scholarship or scholarship of teaching and learning related to community engagement and service-learning, for more information on these resources, please follow the links below:

Publishing & Presenting Outlets

In addition to the impact that community-engaged scholarship can have on local organizations, communities, and students, a large number of traditional scholarship outlets also exist. An increasing number of peer-reviewed journals and professional conferences in many disciplines now feature the practice and product of community-engaged scholarship. For more information on these resources, please follow the links below.

National Faculty Awards for Community Engagement

For faculty committed to civic and community engagement, there are two major national awards

  • Pre-tenure 
    • The Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty, sponsored by the Swearer Center at Brown University in partnership with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).
    • Due Date: Early May
  • Post-tenure

Both awards value community collaboration as well as institutional impact and honor engaged scholarly work across the faculty roles of teaching, research, and service.


IACC Engaged Scholar Research Fellows

Iowa Campus Compact is currently accepting applications for 2018-2019 Engaged Scholar Research Fellows. Applicants can do not have to have any specific title, but must be currently employed by a member campus and be prepared to contribute to the field of community engagement through published research. The fellowship will cover registration costs to attend the annual Pen to Paper writing retreat, other support and develop and the opportunity to apply for additional research funds.


Faculty (and staff) from all disciplines and professional schools at Iowa Campus Compact member campuses are eligible to apply. Applicants should have knowledge and experience in community engagement as a part of at least one course or project and have a research question to propose. Fellows will work on a community engagement research project with the goal of publication and other forms of dissemination to grow knowledge in the field.


  • Fellows will have registration and travel covered for their attendance at the Fall 2018 Pen to Paper Writing Retreat (date and location TBD).
  • Faculty Fellows will receive support for their research project from IACC staff and other fellows.
  • Faculty will be eligible to apply for additional funds to support their research.


Use the form below provide brief statements about your background in community engagement and your research proposal. Applicants must also provide a letter of support form their academic dean and can provide other letters.


  • Program Announcement: January 2018
  • Proposals Due: Friday, May 4, 2018
  • Acceptance Notification: June 2018
  • Grant Period: August 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019


Submit application materials using the form online by Midnight on Friday, May 4, 2018. Only complete proposals received by the deadline will be considered. Questions can be directed to Emily Shields, Iowa Campus Compact Executive Director at eshields {at}

Drake Research Grants

The Drake Research Grant offers up to $3,000 to fund activities and materials necessary to support research undertaken by Drake University faculty on continuing appointment: supplies (including animals), student research assistance, and when central to the research process, travel associated with research or creative activity.

For more information visit:

Contact Arthur Sanders, Associate Provost, 

Drake Faculty Development & Enrichment Grants

Faculty Development and Enrichment Grants for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Grants of up to $1,500 are available to underwrite the costs associated with a variety of development and enrichment activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Attending workshops aimed at enriching your approaches to teaching, including advanced training in the areas in which you routinely teach.
  • Attending workshops aimed at advancing your engagement in institutional leadership.
  • Carrying out research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in post-secondary contexts.
  • Attending conferences, seminars, workshops, and the like, at which you will present the results of your postsecondary SOTL research.
  • Inviting speakers, workshop coordinators, or consultants to work with a small group of faculty on innovative pedagogies.
  • Establishing or advancing multi-disciplinary on-campus programs.
  • The integration of innovative learning technologies into teaching, including the purchase of limited hardware and software.

For more information visit:

Contact Arthur Sanders, Associate Provost, 

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