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Miriam Bartha
HUM 594
Seattle Campus

Scholarship as Public Practice

Explores historical genealogies and emergent forms of public scholarly activity; orient student to the expectation and resources of the graduate certificate in public scholarship; and launches students on the process of generating their program portfolios. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.

Class description

Public scholarship is a term that means many things. In the context of the Certificate, we use it to reference practices ranging from service-learning curriculum development and pedagogy to digital and interactive forms of research and publication to community-based and participatory action research projects. This course, co-taught with Bruce Burgett (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell) spans that continuum of public scholarship by focusing on two related research questions: 1) How can scholarship that engages with arts and culture participate in creative and collaborative practices that benefit diverse publics and communities?; 2) What should graduate education for engaged research, teaching, and professional service or practice look like and what is necessary to develop, support, and institutionalize these practices?

Student learning goals

1)Gain a familiarity with conceptual vocabularies, research modalities, and institutional initiatives related to public scholarship as a field of practice;

2)Develop a flexible and situated understanding of public scholarship at different scales across academic, professional, and community settings;

3)Engage creatively and critically with public and applied forms of scholarship in research, teaching, and/or community-engagement projects;

4)Begin to articulate and provide evidence of the significance of public and applied forms of scholarly practice for academic and/or professional audiences.

General method of instruction

This iteration of HUM 594 combines seminar-style discussions and workshops (which will engage fellows in field literatures and help them develop their portfolio workspace), a series of semi-public panel discussions (designed to introduce them to a larger network of faculty, students, and alumni), and an individualized conference session between each fellow, his/her portfolio advisor, and the course instructors.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Course assignments are designed to launch the portfolio work space that will structure CPS fellows' progress through the certificate curriculum; to help fellows to develop as an interdisciplinary cohort of public scholars at the UW, and to enable them to reflect critically on the public significance of their research, teaching, and engagement activities. Writing assignments scaffold the development of an initial, forward-looking portfolio, including a framing essay, that fellows will conference with their CPS portfolio advisor and the course instructors, and present publicly at the end of the quarter.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Miriam Bartha
Date: 08/08/2012