In support of Tulane University’s mission, the Center for Public Service engages the Tulane and broader communities and publics by facilitating mutually-beneficial relationships and transformative teaching, learning, and research to address social challenges and foster responsible citizenship. Please contact Myriam Huet with any questions or for more information.

Program Description

CPS offers faculty the opportunity for community engagement through its Scholar-in-Residence program. The goals of the program are (i) to support Tulane scholars as they pursue new or ongoing community-engaged research (CER) or public scholarship projects that result in presentations or publications, and (ii) to encourage scholars to contribute fresh and innovative perspectives that maintain the intellectual vitality of the Center and the University.

The Scholar-in-Residence program specifically focuses on CER and public scholarship as a way to simultaneously advance knowledge, address social issues, and strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility through equitable, mutually-beneficial partnerships between scholars and communities and/or by contributing to the public good.

We understand community-engaged research broadly to encompass a wide range of practices, methods, and approaches. These include participatory action research, which is jointly planned and carried out by researchers and community partners and yields collaborative knowledge production, as well as research that has substantial public and civic value and amplifies the concerns of community members without necessarily directly collaborating with community partners. In all cases, community-engaged research is rooted in a commitment to scholarship that respects different forms of knowledge and serves the public good.


The Scholar-in-Residence program is open to tenure and tenure-track faculty with experience in community-engaged research or public scholarship in any discipline.


The Scholar-in-Residence commits to then full academic year.

Benefits and Responsibilities

The Scholar-in-Residence will identify research opportunities or pursue existing projects that align with CER. In collaboration with CPS Assistant Director in Research, Assessment, and Curriculum Design, the Scholar-in-Residence will support the development and execution of initiatives and events that engage our scholarly community, including faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as partner agencies in CER. This will include participation in trainings and workshops geared towards Tulane constituents and partner organizations that will cover key CER skills and provide opportunities for sharing personal experiences and lessons learned. The Scholar may be asked to facilitate a session of the CER faculty seminar. The Scholar agrees to devote at least 2 hours a week to CPS initiatives and to hold office hours. The Scholar will give at least one public lecture during their term and make themselves available for formal and informal conversations with faculty and students. The Scholar is compensated $7,500 per semester, made possible by a generous gift from the Ensor family. The Scholar may seek a course buyout, with the approval of their departmental chair and the dean of their school.


While application forms are being updated, please contact Myriam Huet at

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest (i) describing the proposed community-engaged/public scholarship research interest, (ii) explaining the nature and significance of the project, (iii) detailing its impact on scholarship in the applicant's field of study, and (iv) offering a tentative plan for completing the research and publishing the results
  • Letter of recommendation from a department head, dean, or other administrator who is knowledgeable about the applicant’s research
  • Names and current contact information for two additional references