Faculty Director Ronald Strauss said the selection process for the program is competitive, with less than half the applicants for a given class typically receiving spots.
“Engaged scholarship is scholarship that is developed in collaboration and in consortium with community members,” Strauss said. “It allows a scholar to address issues of concern within communities and return benefit to communities by involving the participants in research, not just in selection of the topic, but the decision of how the research will be done.”
Sixth class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program
Anna Agbe-Davies, Department of Anthropology
Antoine Bailliard, Department of Allied Health Sciences
Leisha DeHart-Davis, School of Government
Kimon Divaris, School of Dentistry
Julia Haslett, Department of Communication
Coretta Jenerette, School of Nursing
Alexandra Lightfoot, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Enrique Neblett Jr., Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Dana Thompson Dorsey, School of Education
Rachel Willis, Department of American Studies
The sixth class will begin the program in fall 2016. As part of the two-year program, scholars will decide how they will advance their engaged scholarship individually through group dialogue and community excursions.
“The first year is a year of sessions of really going out on the road, learning from community, learning from each other, learning from faculty who are doing the work and then reflecting on that,” Lynn Blanchard, director of the Carolina Center for Public Service, said. “And then the second year is more focused on the individual scholar’s work, where each scholar has a chance to present their work and really use their group as kind of a sounding board to bounce questions off of.”