Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative

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About Community-Engaged Scholarship

Community-engaged scholarship involves partnerships between the community and university addressing issues of shared importance and demonstrating mutual benefit. These partnerships co-create knowledge by employing expertise and resources in a range of scholarly activities, including teaching, research and engagement.

The Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative builds upon Duke’s Engaged Scholar Network organized in 2018 by Dr. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, who served as a North Carolina Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Scholar. The Network was a collaboration with Duke Service-Learning, Duke Faculty Write Program, Forum for Scholars and Publics and Duke Civic Engagement to bring together scholars and partners to share engaged scholarship endeavors including lessons learned, challenges faced and next steps in their work together.

Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative Overview

The Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative aims to continue cultivating a community of practice among faculty, students, staff and community partners by bringing together, working with and building on many existing initiatives and sources of support for engagement at Duke University. The Collaborative provides space to learn, share and actively apply concepts and insights reflecting best practices for community-engaged scholarship. To those ends, we provide both project funding and a range of developmental offerings intended to build and deepen the knowledge and practice of engaged scholarship. The Collaborative is open to all, from those with emerging interests in community-based collaborations to those with substantial experience in partnering with communities in engaged endeavors.

Upcoming Events

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Learning Opportunities

The following learning opportunities are held throughout the school year and are open to all. Below are offerings that will launch in the 2021-22 academic year:

Engaged Scholars Lunch and Learn Sessions

A series of 4 offerings (2 fall, 2 spring) highlighting the work of advanced community engaged scholars and community partners. These sessions highlight partnerships, scholarship and critical lessons learned along the way.

Workshops on Engaged Scholarship

A series of 4 offerings (2 fall, 2 spring) throughout the school year, developed and provided in partnership with other units on campus providing support to community-engaged scholarship.

Engaged Scholarship Symposium

This annual event brings together those involved in community-engaged scholarship through the fellowship program and project funding streams. Sessions are led by Duke engaged scholars and community partners. The symposium serves as both an opportunity for cross-learning among project teams and a showcase of engaged scholarship at Duke and in the community.

Funding Opportunities

The Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative also provides funding opportunities to support community-engaged scholarship at Duke:

Community-Engaged Scholar Fellows Program



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The Community-Engaged Scholar Fellows program is for those among the Duke faculty, staff and their community partners who are interested in furthering their engaged practice. The program offers structured, holistic, developmental support, learning opportunities and the possibility of additional project funding. Over the course of a school year, the Fellows program provides opportunities for participants to:

  • Link with and learn from experienced engaged scholars and community partners to build concrete skills and strategies to engage in ways that are ethical, sustainable and co-generative;
  • Be paired with experienced faculty and community partner mentors who to provide feedback and guidance;
  • Connect to potential community or other organizational partners to build new or expand existing engagements;
  • Develop an understanding of the range of resources at Duke available to support engaged scholarship;
  • Build capacity to publicize and publish engaged scholarship.

Program Structure and Requirements

If accepted into the program, Community-Engaged Scholar Fellows are required to:

  • Create a community-engaged scholarship plan in consultation with a mentor team at the beginning of the school year that includes project milestones and learning objectives and the steps needed in order to achieve them;
  • Attend half-day cohort meetings one Friday of each month that will include workshop style sessions from campus partners and project and learning objective check-ins;
  • Participate fully in other Learning Opportunities and events offered by the Community-Engaged Scholarship Collaborative;
  • Present on their engaged scholarship during a symposium at the end of the spring semester;
  • Participate in program evaluation processes and submit a final report.

Applications can be submitted by individual Duke staff or faculty members or by teams of Duke staff or faculty members and community partners. Fellows from previous cohorts may reapply.

Each Fellow receives a stipend of $2,500 in recognition of the time dedicated to enhancing and deepening their engaged scholarship practice and to support their participation in program activities.

Community-Engaged Scholarship Fellows, either as individuals or as Duke-community partner teams, are eligible for up to an additional $12,000 to develop, enhance, expand or sustain an existing engaged scholarship project. If applying with a partner, only one member of the team should submit the additional information to apply for joint project funding.

Funds may be provided as the sole source of support or as complementary funds for the community-engagement component of the research or program. While priority will be given to projects related to Durham and Community Affairs’ strategic focus areas, projects with other foci and geographies are also welcome.

If you have any questions about the Community-Engaged Scholar Fellowship program, please contact Leslie Parkins, Assistant Vice President and Director of Civic Engagement at

Current Fellows
  • Margaret Louise Brown (Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics)
  • Scott “Esko” Brummel (Duke University Initiative for Science & Society)
  • Xavier Cason (Durham Public Schools Foundation)
  • Yolanda Dunston (North Carolina Central University)
  • Alec Greenwald (Duke Academic Advising Center)
  • Caitlin Margaret Kelly (Duke Rubenstein Library)
  • Shannon Mallery (Durham Parks and Recreation, City of Durham, NC)
  • Kusum Knapczyk (Duke’s Asian and Middle Eastern Studies)
  • Susie Post-Rust (Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University)
  • Justin Ridge (Duke University Marine Lab/Nicholas School of the Environment)
  • Miguel Rubiera (La Iglesia Emanuel)
  • Mara Shurgot (Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering’s Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease (WaSH-AID), Parks and Recreation Department, City of Durham)
Small Grant Recipients for 2021-2022
  • Arraigados Juntos – Rooted Together
    Duke Affiliate: Esko Brummel, Root Causes
    Community Partner: Miguel Rubiera, Volunteer Program Manager at La Iglesia Emanuel

    A collaboration between La Iglesia Emanuel and Duke’s Root Causes’ Fresh Produce Program, the Arraigados Juntos – Rooted Together project aims to create a community learning center to better support the needs of grassroots organizations providing direct social support, outreach, and education to the Durham community.
  • Co-Created Knowledge to Inform Housing Stability and Food Sovereignty in Durham
    Duke Affiliate: Kay Jowers, Nicholas Institute & Duke Environmental Justice Lab
    Community Partner: Camryn Smith, Executive Director, Communities in Partnership

    This project is part of an ongoing collaborative effort between Communities in Partnership (CIP), Duke’s Environmental Justice (EJ) Lab, and the World Food Policy Center (WFPC) to evaluate food insecurity and assess housing-based interventions in Durham, NC before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Creating a Community of Practice for Data Collection and Analysis in Sampson County, North Carolina
    Duke Affiliate: Sherri White-Williamson, Instructor at the Nicholas School of the Environment
    Community Partner: Danielle Koonce, Board member, Environmental Justice Community Action Network

    A collaboration between Environmental Justice Community Action Network (EJCAN) and the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, this project will work to expand the data about pollution from factory farm facilities in Sampson County, North Carolina to promote environmental justice.
  • Training for Resiliency and Race-Equity Sensitivity for Authentic Social-Emotional Mentoring
    Duke Affiliate: Elizabeth DeMattia, Community Science Initiative, Duke University Marine Lab, Nicolas School of the Environment
    Community Partner: Dre’ Nix, Chief Operating Officer, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain

    This collaboration among the Community Science Initiative at the Duke Marine Lab (DUML), the Boys and Girls Club of the Coastal Plain, and East Carteret High School seeks to promote resilience knowledge and race-equity sensitivity for authentic social-emotional mentoring through enhanced training opportunities with high school student mentors.
  • NC Flies to MaRRS
    Duke Affiliate: Justin Ridge, Duke University Marine Lab/Nicholas School of the Environment
    Community Partner: Ava Bryant, Regional Vice President – Region 3, Boys & Girls Club of the Coastal Plain

    The project will build upon the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing Lab’s (MaRRS Lab) efforts to develop programming using drone technology to engage K-12 students, enhance science literacy and inspire the pursuit of STEM careers, particularly in underrepresented groups in STEM professions, including women and minorities.
  • Bass Connections University-Assisted Community Schools (BCUACS) Team: Participant Engaged Research
    Duke Affiliates: Alec Greenwald, Academic Advising Center; Dr. Amy Anderson, Program in Education; Maranatha Wall, Program in Education; Lindsey Miller, Duke Office of Durham & Community Affairs; Chi Vo, Duke Office of Durham & Community Affairs
    Community Partners: Dr. Charity Sneed-Watkins, North Carolina Central University; Dr. Yolanda Dunston, North Carolina Central University; Jamie Eaton, North Carolina Central University; Laura Armstrong, North Carolina Central University; Mirlesna Azor, North Carolina Central University; Jessica Benton, UNC Chapel Hill; Xavier Cason, Bull City Community Schools Partnership

    This collaboration between Bull City Community Schools Partnership and teams from Duke and NCCU seeks to address the inter-related challenges of disparate access to healthcare services and educational outcomes through a participant engaged-research project that evaluates the need and capacity for school-based health services in Durham Public Schools.
  • Art in the Parks
    Duke Affiliate: Caitlin Margaret Kelly, Archive of Documentary Arts/Power Plant Gallery; Lou Brown, Forum for Scholars and Publics
    Community Partner: Shannon Mallery, Durham Parks and Recreation Priority Area Connections COMMUNITY

    Art in the Parks is a partnership between Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) and three units at Duke: the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Power Plant Gallery, and the Archive of Documentary Arts that seeks to create and nurture a thriving connection between the arts, university scholars, and the Durham community.
  • The Black Economic Development Zone and Brightwood Community Garden
    Duke Affiliate: Brian Stoner, Director of Duke Center for Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Infectious Disease and Karis Boyd-Sinkler, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Pratt School of Engineering
    Community Partner: Mr. Sheddrick (Skip) Gibbs, The Other America Movement

    The BEDZ (Black Economic Development Zone) at Brightwood plans to expand a community garden, which will serve as a living classroom to educate the community about sustainable agriculture and nutrition with the long-term goal of creating a sense of community and autonomy among black and minority entrepreneurs.
  • Exploring Services for the Formerly-Incarcerated Population with Mental Health and Substance Use Diagnoses
    Duke Affiliates: Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences; Michele Easter, Dept of Psychiatry; Maria Tackett, Dept of Statistical Science; Clinton Boyd, Samuel DuBois Cook Center
    Community Partners: Wanda Boone, CEO, Together for Resilient Youth; Helen Tripp, Captain, Durham County EMS MIH Program Manager

    Through interviews with service providers, this project’s goal is to support the community of Durham to better deploy resources to help people with mental illness, substance use, and criminal justice involvement
  • Click here for a downloadable version of our Collaborative Small Grant Descriptions.

Resources for Community-Engaged Scholarship at Duke

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Campus partners participating in the Collaborative include:

For more information, contact Leslie Parkins at Duke Civic Engagement.

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