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.