2019 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum

The 2019 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum Celebrates Local Citizenship in a Global World

The 2019 Community Engaged Scholarship Forum seeks to build awareness of current University initiatives as well as envision an expanded academic and co-curricular engagement ecosystem at the University of Pittsburgh. This forum will allow for the eventual development of professional learning communities and ongoing networking opportunities for faculty and staff interested in community-based learning, research or outreach, and engagement programming. View the event program and 2019 report with session abstracts.

Pitt students, faculty, and staff were united with community members during the Community Engaged Scholarship Forum held on March 29. Dr. Kathy Humphrey, Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and secretary of the Board of Trustees kicked the day off by conferring the first-annual Partnerships of Distinction award. In presenting the awards, Dr. Humphrey stated “The reason we created this award is to help us lift up the truly outstanding partnership work that brings our teaching and research into communion with community goals. We know that developing partnerships takes time; that intersecting the University’s goals and benchmarks for success with the community’s goals and benchmarks for success is a complicated thing. But we also know that this is tremendously important." Read more about the winning partnerships in this University Times article.

The five winning partnerships were:

  1. AIDS Free Pittsburgh 
  2. Black Girls Equity Alliance & Black Girls Advocacy & Leadership Alliance 
  3. Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation 
  4. The Just Discipline Project 
  5. Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

Timothy K Eatman2019 Keynote Speaker Timothy K. Eatman

Timothy K. Eatman, Ph.D., an educational sociologist and publicly engaged scholar, serves as the inaugural dean of the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) and Associate Professor in the department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark. 

Prior to this his primary network of operation and leadership for over a decade was with Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA) serving as Director of Research (2004 – 2012) and Faculty Co- Director (2012 to 2017). Tim’s national association leadership continues as one of three national co-chairs of the Urban Research Action Network (URBAN) and as board vice chair (chair elect) of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) which awarded him the 2010 Early Career Research Award. In January 2019 Tim was elected to The Association of American Colleges and Universities Board of Directors. A widely sought- after speaker, workshop facilitator, and collaborator who has earned local, national and international recognition for his leadership in advancing understandings about the multi-faceted impact of publicly engaged scholarship in the university of the 21st century. The core of Tim’s research takes up questions of equity in higher education and the larger society. 

Navigating a range of conversations and collaborations critical to the amelioration of higher education, Tim strategically focuses his energy to participate in important efforts like The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Summer Institute on High Impact Practices of which he has served as a faculty member since its inception in 2011. He sits on the editorial board of University of Michigan Press - The New Public Scholarship book series, Urban Education (Sage), Diversity, and Democracy (AAC&U), is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Carnegie Engagement Classification for Community Engagement and the National Advisory board for Bringing Theory to Practice. Pursuing a rigorous scholarly and writing agenda, Tim serves as a reviewer for several scholarly journals, publications and conferences. 

Tim received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in College Student Development at Howard University, and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development at Pace University.

A special thank you to the 2019 CESF sponsors: Office of Community and Governmental Relations, Honors College, Study Abroad, School of Education, PittServes, School of Social Work, Elsie Hillman Civic Forum, CONNECT

Prior to the Community Engaged Scholarship Forum was the Idea Exchange hosted by the Academically Based Community Engagement Ad-hoc Committee. Read more about the foundational work of ABCE in this summary document [PDF].