While campus-community partnerships are common, such engaged scholarship efforts often lead university researchers to community-centered presentations and publications; however, this type of scholarship and especially the venues in which it is often disseminated are of questionable value within the academy’s tenure and promotion process. Three literacy scholars who were invited to study the impact of community-wide Imagination Library implementation share challenges they encountered related to collaboration, communication, and dissemination of findings during the first two years of a five-year early literacy community partnership. Selected outcomes and implications for other community-engaged scholars include (a) investing in true multi-directional consistent collaboration and communication and (b) leveraging user-friendly technology tools and platforms to archive and share project work. The authors call for continued efforts to communicate beyond the academy with the audiences targeted for ultimate impact and continued advocacy for valuing non-traditional publications within the academy.
Atkinson, Terry S.; Anderson, Kimberly L.; and Swaggerty, Elizabeth A.
"Bridging the Gap Between Researchers and Wider Audiences: Navigating A Community Literacy Collaboration in Real-Time,"
eJournal of Public Affairs: Vol. 8
, Article 2.
Available at: https://bearworks.missouristate.edu/ejopa/vol8/iss2/2