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Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

Public Scholarship: Imagining Iowa

 

What is public scholarship?

Public scholarship takes many forms, and can include service learning projects and campus-community partnerships. Each campus community develops its own unique approach to public scholarship, which provides a wide variety of models from which to base new projects. For more information, the reports linked below, also available on the Imagining America website can help us to understand and to define what public scholarship will mean to the Iowa State community.

Engaging Campus and Community: The Practice of Public Scholarship in the State and Land-Grant University System Scott Peters, Cornell University (2005)

The Humanities and the Public Soul
Julie Ellison, founding director of Imagining America

Excellence in Campus Community Partnerships in the Arts, Humanities, and Design
Report prepared by Cynthia Koch, Ph.D, for Imagining America (2005)

What (Public) Good Are the (Engaged) Humanities?
Gregory Jay, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee



CEAH Funding for Public Scholarship

Previously Funded Project:
Improving Communication and Cooperation between Diverse Stakeholders: Mapping the Rhetorical Terrain of the Bioeconomy

Project funding provided by CEAH and the LAS College.

  • Carl Herndl, Professor, Rhetoric and Professional Communication
  • Jean Goodwin, Associate Professor, Speech Communication
  • Lee Honeycutt, Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Professional Communication
  • Greg Wilson, Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Professional Communication


  • In this public scholarship pilot study, this group of ISU rhetoricians will identify the diverse ways that producers, technical experts, industry leaders, policymakers, and community members frame their decisions in considering sustainable biofuels development. In doing so, they will determine how knowledge travels across distances (intellectual, disciplinary, and cultural) and bridges differences (of preconception, values, and discursive forms) when these very different groups communicate with each other--as they must, if we are to re-imagine and acheive a new vision of agriculture in Iowa. This group will, in short, be mapping the rhetorical terrain of the new bioeconomy. Results will help ISU Extension improve outreach communication and develop strategies that agricultural communicators can adopt to bridge differences and promote sound decision making.

     

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    Publication Opportunities
    Journal of Higher Education, Outreach, and Engagement (JHEOE)

    Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship

    Reflections: A Journal of Writing, community Literacy, and Service Learning
    Topic of Immigration for Spring of 2009; Topic of Community-Oriented Scholarship for Summer of 2009


    Conference Opportunities
    Imagining America's Tenth Annual National Conference
    Culture, Crisis and Recovery


    Graduate Resources
    Publicly Active Graduate Education

    The mission of PAGE is to support graduate students and early-career scholars interested in pursuing publicly-engaged academic work in the arts, humanities, and design. Publicly engaged academic work is scholarly or creative activity integral to one’s academic area. It encompasses different forms of making knowledge about, for, and with diverse publics and communities. Through a coherent and purposeful sequence of activities, it contributes to the public good and yields artifacts of public and intellectual value. PAGE’s resources and activities serve to build the theoretical and practical language with which students and scholars can articulate their own public scholarship, and to foster and strengthen a national, interdisciplinary network of emerging public intellectuals.