Engaged Scholarship and Academic Values: A Broader Impact through Community Engagement
Hiram E Fitzgerald, PhD
Hiram E Fitzgerald is University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement at Michigan State University. He is nationally recognized for his work on civic engagement. Undergirding his approach is the understanding that the academy is not the sole source of knowledge and expertise; both expertise and great learning opportunities in teaching and scholarship reside in non-academic settings as well. Through community engagement, universities can fulfill their promise both to prepare students for productive citizenship in a democracy and to produce knowledge that benefits society. This form of engagement requires a framework for scholarship that moves away from emphasizing products to emphasizing broader impacts for society at-large.