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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Collaboration that Supports STEM Educators in High Poverty Schools Receives Community Engagement Scholarship Award

Collaboration that Supports STEM Educators in High Poverty Schools Receives Community Engagement Scholarship Award

Gail Richmond and the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) are co-recipients of the 2015 Community Engagement Scholarship Award bestowed during the annual MSU Awards Convocation on February 10.

Richmond serves as the project director of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Woodrow Wilson STEM Teaching Fellowship Program at MSU. The program focuses on recruiting, training, placing, and supporting new STEM teachers in under-resourced, high-poverty schools in urban and rural communities such as Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Jackson, Flint, and Escanaba. Richmond has built a partnership that works with the teachers as well as building and district administrators to create and sustain a supportive community, while also mentoring, encouraging, and inspiring early teachers to remain in the classroom ... read more

Book Collaboration Showcases the Diversity of Local Belief

Book Collaboration Showcases the Diversity of Local Belief

This past fall, two professors from the MSU School of Journalism shepherded a project to completion with the publication of a book, One Community, One Week, Many Faiths: The Diversity of Worship and Faith. Howard Bossen and Eric Freedman designed the book project as a university-community collaboration whose intent was to present an authentic voice representing the rich cultural, religious, and intellectual diversity of the community.

The idea was initiated by Freedman, who wanted to teach a class on writing nonfiction books. To give the students real-world experience, a project was proposed that would pair student writers and photographers in a collaborative effort to record one week in the life of the area's various religious communities. Two special topics courses were created. The writing class was taught by Freedman. Photojournalism students were taught by Bossen ... read more

MSU Priorities

Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

MSU Spin-off Company Markets Solution to Scientific Publishing Community and Beyond

MSU Spin-off Company Markets Solution to Scientific Publishing Community and Beyond

George Garrity strives to embody the true spirit of entrepreneurism in his work. Through his company, NamesforLife, he has developed a tool to meet a pressing need in the world of scientific research and publishing, and bundled that tool into a business venture to make it widely available. NamesforLife is a MSU spin-off company that was formed to commercialize a patented technology which has been licensed through MSU Technologies.

Garrity, once a natural product screening professional at Merck Research Laboratories, and now professor and entrepreneur, knows first-hand the problem that many scientific researchers and publishers face: that the names and classifications of organisms, chemicals and other things of interest change frequently over time, often without consistency of meaning or usage ... read more

Looking for Community Partners

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a community partnership, University Outreach and Engagement may be able to help you. Our staff and researchers have connections across the state in areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Burton Bargerstock, Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, at (517) 353-8977 or bb@msu.edu.


We would like to hear from you. Contact us with comments, suggestions, announcements, or "engaged scholar" project information for future e-newsletters. Send to: engaged.scholar@msu.edu.


MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This program prepares graduate students for careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Community Engaged Learning to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from Michigan State University Press

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