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Conduct Research in SL

The integration of research and civic engagement is gaining ground.  Below you will find tips, tools, formats, and viewpoints that facilitate SL research.

  • Research Partnerships: Involve your community partner in the whole process, including early discussions about goals, resources, and much more.
  • Classroom Research (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning or SoTL)
    SoTL is scholarly inquiry into student learning which advances the practice of teaching by sharing this research publicly.
  • Community Research (Community-Based Research or CBR)
    CBR involves students and faculty working with a community organization on a research project serving the organization’s goal.

Tips and Tools

  • Toolkit for Engaged Scholarship at Research Universities: Find definitions, rationale, methodology, tools, and assistance for community-engaged scholarship and research. (Source: Campus Compact)
  • Office of Research Compliance (BSU): They provide assistance to faculty, staff and students in conducting research in compliance with federal, state and local regulations. The ORC coordinates the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to protect human subjects recruited to participate in research activities.
  • Center for Research and Creative Activity (BSU)

    The Center provides strategic support for faculty, staff, and students to cultivate an environment where education through research, scholarly endeavor and creative activity thrives. They support research proposal development and offer a suite of programming to help move ideas to impact. Options include both individual and cohort-based support, with a focus on early career faculty and interdisciplinary research and creative activity.


Scholarship of Engagement is about “…Connecting the rich resources of the university to our most pressing social, civic, and ethical problems, … not just more programs, but a larger purpose, a sense of mission, a larger clarity of direction in the nation’s life…”
– Ernest Boyer, 1996, Journal of Public Service & Outreach