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  • The lack of reward mechanisms for public scholarship limits the future of public engagement

    Scholars are increasingly expected to consider the wider public in their teaching and research activities, but with little to negative promotion incentive. In fact, finds Christopher Meyers, much of what academics do does not fit into the standard boxes of teaching, scholarship and service. Perhaps it’s time to replace these categories with a single holistic and qualitative standard: High quality ...

  • Reflections on the Second National URBAN Conference

    On Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th, over fifty scholars and activists from the Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN) gathered for their second national conference at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Gilda Ochoa, Professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies and Sociology at Pomona College, reflects on the conference: Learning from the Contradictions: A Critical Reflection on Collaborative Action-Research.

  • URBAN Gathers for Second National Meeting at University of Massachusetts, Boston

    On Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th, over fifty scholars and activists from the Urban Research-Based Action Network (URBAN) gathered for their second national conference at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. This gathering was sponsored by the Spencer and W.T. Grant Foundations. Mark R. Warren, associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and Public ...

  • Planning Accreditation Board New Standards Would Eliminate Diversity Measures

    Dear URBAN network, As I’m sure some of you know, the Planning Accreditation Board (which accredits planning schools) is revising their standards, including the elimination of particular metrics around student and faculty diversity. This will be devastating to efforts to recruit and retain students and faculty of color in planning schools. Please see the forwarded note below ...

  • Director of Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship

    APPLICATIONS CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED Please share with qualified candidates Harvard College is currently seeking applications for the newly established Director of the Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship position. This position will assume primary responsibility for the implementation of an exciting new initiative connecting public service to academic coursework at Harvard College. Qualifications include a Doctoral degree and previous teaching experience ...

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