Envisioning Public Scholarship for Our Time
Models for Higher Education Researchers

Foreword by Lorelle L. Espinosa
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This book proposes a new paradigm of public scholarship for our time, one that shifts from the notion of the public intellectual to the model of the engaged scholar.

The editors’ premise is that the work of public scholarship should be driven by a commitment to supporting a diverse democracy and promoting equity and social justice. The contributors to this volume present models that eschew the top-down framing of policy to advocate for practice that drives bottom-up change by arming the widest range of stakeholders -- especially members of marginalized communities -- with relevant research.

They demonstrate how public scholarship in higher education can increase its impact on practice and policy and compellingly argue that public scholarship should be recognized as normative practice for all scholars and indeed integrated into the curriculum of graduate courses.

The chapters describe multiple types of public scholarship and different strategies that move beyond informing policymakers, faculty, and administrators to engage publics such as students and parents, media, the general public, and particularly groups that may have had little or no access to research. Examples include partnering with a community agency to design a research project and disseminate results; writing for practitioner or policy venues and magazines outside the traditional academic journals; serving on boards for national groups that impact decisions related to your area of research; and the use of social media.

Whether scholar, director of graduate education, or graduate student of higher education, this book opens up a new vision of how research can inform practice that promotes the public good.

Table of Contents:
Foreword by Lorelle L. Espinosa

Part One: Context for Public Scholarship
1) Defining the Evolving Concept of Public Scholarship—Adrianna Kezar, Yianna Drivalas, and Joseph A. Kitchen
2) The Many Faces of Public Scholarship: Opportunities, Lessons Learned, and Challenges Encountered From the Journey of a Public Scholar—Adrianna Kezar
3) Cultivating Ethical Mindfulness: Using an Activity Theory Framework to Address Ethical Dilemmas in Public Scholarship—Cecile H. Sam and Jarrett T. Gupton

Part Two: Approaches to Public Scholarship
4) Legal Arenas and Public Scholarship—Sylvia Hurtado
5) Black Data Matter: Connecting Education Research to the Movement for Black Lives—Charles H. F. Davis III, Shaun R. Harper and Wilmon A. Christian III
6) The Remaking of My Research Practice: From Creating Knowledge to Creating Equity-Minded Competence—Estela Mara Bensimon
7) Legislative White Papers: Connecting Research and Policy in Nevada—Kim Nehls, Oscar Espinoza-Parra, Holly Schneider, Travis Tyler, and Elena Nourrie
8) Involvement in National Movements: Working Closely With Students—Amalia Dache-Gerbino
9) Where Scholarship and Practice Meet: Perspectives From Cooperative Extension—Casey D. Mull, Jenna B. Daniel, and Jenny Jordan
10) Using Social Media as Public Scholarship—Constance Iloh
11) Art and the Academy: How Arts-Based Research Can Support Public Scholarship—Yianna Drivalas and Adrianna Kezar

Part Three: Encouraging and Learning Public Scholarship
12) Reenvisioning Graduate and Early Career Socialization to Encourage Public Scholarship—Michael Lanford and William G. Tierney
13) Modeling, Mentoring, and Pedagogy: Cultivating Public Scholars—Angela Clark-Taylor, Molly Sarubbi, Judy Marquez Kiyama, and Stephanie J. Waterman
14) Public Scholarship Across Faculty Career Stages—Jamie Lester and David Horton Jr.
15) Preparing Higher Education Scholars to Engage in Public Scholarship Inside the Beltway: Crossing Cultures, Building Bridges—Lesley McBain
16) Public Scholarship: An Invitation, a Final Example, and a Summary of Key Themes—Adrianna Kezar, Zoe Corwin, Joseph A. Kitchen, and Yianna Drivalas

Editors and Contributors

Chapter 1

Reviews & Endorsements:
In Envisioning Public Scholarship, scholars offer accounts of why and how our social science research can be conducted for the democratic good. In the spirit of John Dewey’s democratic ethics, scholars in these pages organize and operationalize democratic equity as both means and ends of research. “Public scholarship” is not the old century’s call for educating policy makers. Rather, this clarion’s call is a millennial one—research as democratic activism, boldly presented and timely, indeed.
- Ana Martinez-Aleman, Professor, Lynch School of Education , Boston College
"As educators, this book reminds us of our shared responsibility to contribute, and more importantly, to be in service to the public good. Every emerging and current scholar should read this book with this question in mind: How will my work embody the definition of public scholarship as connected to a diverse democracy, equity, and an avenue for social justice? The answer has the potential to reshape how we conduct research and how we prepare future scholars."
- Tia McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Student Success , Association of American Colleges & Universities