Julie Ellison, professor of American Culture, English, and Art and Design at the University of Michigan and director emerita of IA, and Timothy K. Eatman, assistant professor of Higher Education at Syracuse University and director of research for IA, offer an approach to tenure that knits together the career of the publicly engaged humanist or artist, the cultures of department and campus, and the realities of community partnerships.
The growth of the community engagement movement in higher education over the past 2 decades has resulted in more faculty member interest and practice in engaged scholarship. As more institutions value this work, faculty members are looking for ways to enhance the effectiveness of their engaged scholarship dossiers for promotion and tenure. This article summarizes content from a workshop on strengthening the engaged scholarship dossier offered by the author in a variety of venues. The author provides an overview of the engaged scholarship dossier context, explains why a focus on documenting engaged scholarship is important, outlines four steps for documenting engaged scholarship in the academic dossier, and lists best practices for faculty members building their engaged scholarship dossiers.