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Unlocking Impact: Public Engagement Examples for Social Scientists and Humanities Scholars

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An Overview of Public Engagement Examples for Social Scientists and Humanities Scholars In the ever-evolving landscape of academia, the call for scholars to engage with the public is more resounding than ever. A common question from scholars interested in expanding their research impact is: what are some ways I can/should publicly engage? What are tangible […]

How to Publish your Research for the Public

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A Comprehensive Guide on How to Publish Your Research Paper for the Public Publishing your research paper is not just a culmination of your hard work; it’s a critical step in advancing your academic career and sharing your findings with the world.  In this comprehensive guide, we will take you through the entire process, from […]

An Academics Guide to Op-ed Pitches

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Long, long ago, in the year 2014, an opinion writer for the New York Times wrote a plea for more professors to come down from the ivory tower and write for the public. Our knowledge demands to be shared beyond the academy! And for many good reasons, not the least bit that op-eds can have […]

Media Pitching for Academics (How to Become a Source)

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If you are a scholar interested in learning about media pitching for academics, you’re in the right place! This introduction post covers how researchers and scholars can pitch a journalist and/or editor to be a source. The goal here is two-fold: to pitch story ideas (e.g., your published research, your expertise) to targeted members of […]

What is Public Scholarship?

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What is Public Scholarship? What is public scholarship? What does it mean to be a public scholar? Or a publicly engaged scholar? Or to do community engagement? These are valid questions. Thankfully, and for simplicity’s sake, I’ve counted no less than two dozen published definitions and explanations. Just try googling ‘public scholarship’ or ‘public engagement.’ […]

How does Knowledge Deficit Model Impact Researchers

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There is much to be said about the knowledge deficit model and its impact on how researchers and scientists think about communicating with the public. Get this: scientists more or less hold negative feelings about the public’s base scientific knowledge. To add insult to injury, researchers who already have negative views about their potential public […]

Criteria for Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion as a Public Scholar

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The incentive structure for research faculty at institutions of higher education in the United States and beyond hinges on knowledge creation through traditional research outputs (e.g., peer reviewed articles, books, conference presentations). Research faculty are awarded reappointment, tenure, and promotion based on a criteria of high productivity in research, teaching, and service. This is not […]

How to Become an Effective Public Scholar

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As you ease into your spring semester, take some time to think and reflect on your career goals, especially in relation to the impact your research is (or isn’t) making. A good place to start is checking out our webinar –  So You Want to Become a Public Scholar? If you have ever wondered about… […]

My 2022 Reading and Inspiration list

Check out our 2022 Reading List, full of research, books, fun newsletters, and lots of inspiration. Reading list books. The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World by Andrew Hoffman is an engaging (couldn’t help myself), thought provoking, inspiring book. what the book lacks in practical advice, it makes up for […]

Twitter Was Never Ours to Begin With.

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i never had a myspace page. i am one of those people who prefers to live by the beat of her own drum, purposefully refusing to conform to trends and crowd behavior. (it is an annoying trait, but i will not be a sheep, damnit!). and boy oh boy the people were on myspace! i […]

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