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Community-engaged scholarship marries teaching and research with community-defined priorities for mutually beneficial outcomes. Community partners are active participants in defining opportunities and developing solutions. The following resources from community engagement experts can help faculty meet real community needs while pursuing professional outcomes. 

We encourage faculty to connect their community-engaged teaching, research, and service with strategic community priorities in Muncie, Delaware County, and East Central Indiana. Contact the Office of Community Engagement to learn more.

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Explore books, articles, and websites recommended by engaged-scholarship expert Barbara Holland, PhD.

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Sponsored Projects Administration can help you identify the right grant to fund your community-engaged work, including funding from the Community Foundation of Muncie/Delaware County, the Ball Brothers Foundation, and Indiana Campus Compact.

Internal funding is available through individual colleges and Provost Immersive Learning Grants.

Academic journals in a wide variety of fields publish community-engaged work.

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Ball State faculty and staff have unique opportunities to present their work and learn from others.

Engagement Scholarship Consortium is committed to excellence in the scholarship and practice of engagement locally and globally. As a member organization, Ball State has access to members-only pre-conference workshops.

Indiana Campus Compact offers an annual service engagement summit in Indianapolis each February, roundtables, workshops, and members-only networking events.

Community Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions. Their annual conference takes place each fall.

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement annual summer conference is a scholarly venue for disseminating new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement.

Imagining America’s National Gathering brings together public scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers who are addressing the nation’s most critical issues. 

Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities connects leaders and scholars that are developing new responses to the pressing educational, economic, and social issues of the day. Their annual conference occurs each fall.  

The Office of Community Engagement and the Office of Immersive Learning have been crucial in helping me develop projects, pursue funding, maintain strong community connections, and package my engaged portfolio into the teaching / research / service paradigm for evaluation.

—Adam J. Kuban, Ball Brothers Honors College Faculty Fellow,
Associate Professor, Department of Journalism


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Those who are interested in pursuing community-engaged scholarship are encouraged to contact the Office of Immersive Learning to discuss their teaching and research ideas.

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