What is Scholarship?

In UW-Extension, including the academic Department of Agriculture & Life Sciences,  scholarship assessment is used to determine the presence of a rigorous, intellectual approach to issue identification, clarification, plan of action development, plan implementation, and appropriate evaluation of the resulting outcomes and impacts of faculty work.  Scholarship is an approach to the way faculty members do their work.

The Agriculture & Life Sciences Department use the following guiding principles when evaluating a candidate’s scholarship:

Creative, intellectual work
a. The work builds upon the knowledge, research, or practice in the field.
b. The work responds to an identified need; fill a need for new knowledge, a new approach, or a new method, or the creative adaptation of existing knowledge,
approaches, or methods.
c. The work results in the development of new information or the development of new or creatively adapted methods or approaches.

Reviewed by the scholar’s peers who affirm its value
a. The scholar’s work was shared in published articles, academic presentations, exhibitions of work, creative performances, or in other public venues in which
peers independently evaluated this work.
b. The scholar’s work resulted in the receiving of an award, honor, or some other public recognition by peers.
c. The scholar’s work resulted in testimonials, letter of recommendation, or adaptations that affirm the value of this work.

Added to our intellectual history through its communication
a. The work was shared with colleagues.
b. The work added to the body of knowledge.
c. The work is accessible to others.

Valued by those for whom it was intended
a. The intended audience took action as a result of the work.
b. Measurable impacts (clientele change) occurred as a result of the effort (e.g., behavior change).
c. Others used the developed materials or processes.
d. Implications, either positive or negative, beyond those anticipated for the intended clientele and/or community.

Scholarship may not only be done as an individual, but as a team. Collaborations and teamwork are important within Extension and are an effective way of utilizing people and fiscal resources. Collaborative work is defined as work with agencies or clientele groups to address a local, regional, or state effort, priority or an identified need. Teamwork may be programmatic, cross-programmatic, or institutional and may address statewide or local priorities.

In additon to examples of scholarly work by UW-Extension faculty members from the Department of Agriculture and Life Sciences found on this website, scholarly contributions by other UW-Extension faculty and staff can also be found on the Secretary of Faculty website at: http://www.uwex.edu/academic-affairs/scholarship.html

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