UC Works to Recognize Faculty For Community Engagement
The UC College of Allied Health Sciences is
one of 10 schools named to participate in a large health collaborative
to address the review, promotion and tenure (RPT) concerns of faculty
heavily involved in community-engaged scholarship.
“UC has many wonderful community-based programs and initiatives and
its new academic plan, UC|21, names community engagement as one of its
primary goals,” says Elizabeth King, PhD, dean of the UC College of
Allied Health Sciences. “Seeking better ways to recognize this type of
scholarship will go a long way toward increasing the number of faculty
who choose to work and do research in their communities.”
Funded by a three-year $563,842 grant from the U.S. Department of
Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
(FIPSE), the Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative is
comprised of a diverse group of health professional schools that seek
to recognize and reward faculty for community engagement.
Dr. King cites many in the College of Allied Health Sciences alone who are already using their expertise in the community.
“Our faculty are doing everything from educating high school
students about nutrition, to teaching and caring for students at a
public high school-based audiology clinic,” she says. “This type of
work should not go unrecognized.”
Cindy Goody, PhD, RD, LD, assistant professor of nutrition, leads
two courses in which she takes her students to Western Hills University
High School to educate about nutrition.
“We provide information on everything from the importance of eating
breakfast, to sports nutrition, to protein, fat and water consumption,”
says Dr. Goody. “This type of interaction is mutually beneficial
because it allows people with shared values to come together to improve
the well-being of all.”
In addition to UC’s College of Allied Health Sciences, schools
participating in the collaborative include Auburn University Harrison
School of Pharmacy, Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing,
Indiana University School of Dentistry, Loma Linda University School of
Public Health, University of Colorado School of Pharmacy, University of
Massachusetts Worcester School of Nursing, University of Minnesota
Academic Health Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School
of Dentistry and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.
FIPSE is part of the Office of Policy Planning and Innovation, and
is contained within the Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S.
Department of Education. Established by the Higher Education Amendments
of 1972, FIPSE’s mandate is to improve postsecondary educational
opportunities across a broad range of concerns.
The Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative is part
of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. Additional information on
the project can be found at www.ccph.info.