March 7, 2008
Embracing the Scholarship of Engagement in the CSU
Gary W. Reichard, California State University
Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer
The CSU, like many other institutions of higher education across the nation, is welcoming scores
of new faculty. While excellent teaching remains a core responsibility for faculty there is increasing
recognition of the role of both community service and research in acheiving the CSU's overall mission.
The broadening of faculty roles provides more opportunities to work across disciplinary boundaries and
produce research that has social significance. Moreover, with this redefinition of roles, along with
the CSU's heightened public profile comes an opportunity for greater endorsement and practice of
scholarship of engagement. This comes at an opportune time in the national conversation about and
within higher education. National organizations, like Imagining America and Community-Campus Partnerships
for Health, are generating lively conversation and robust results in a strong effort to place
scholarship of engagement on equal footing within traditional forms of research. How can these
promising efforts at the national level support the CSU's call for an increase in applied research,
as noted in CSU's emerging strategic plan, Access to Excellence? How can we garner greater
support and recognition for CSU faculty who are engaged in community-based work?
Join Gary W. Reichard, California State University: Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic
Officer, as he shares his vision and personal reflections on the importance of the scholarship of
engagement in the CSU.