Becoming a Public Scholar

workshop logoWhat It Is and How to Do It

Faculty and graduate students have enormous expertise that can advance public understanding of important social issues, inspire ideas, and maybe even shape policies. Too often, however, this expertise is shared only in academic publications that limit its impact.

Making your knowledge and research relatable to a broader audience--becoming a public scholar--gives your these important advantages:

• increases the social impact of your work
• boosts your visibility
• builds your networks
• makes you a more effective teacher, mentor, and advocate for issues near and dear to your heart.

But where to begin?

Scholarship as Public Service

Dr. Darlene Weaver has organized an innovative workshop series on Public Scholarship that will offer specific skill-building as well as resources, such as professional headshots and personalized coaching, that can help advance your academic and public reputation for creative, civic-centered teaching and research. An initiative of the Catholicism and the Common Good project, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, the series welcomes three editorial experts who will share their experience and insights on public scholarship that can advance the common good. 

What Will You Learn?

The series will cover topics to help you understand public scholarship best practices, rewards, and pitfalls. Please see the programs below and join us as you are able for any or all of them. Questions? Contact Darlene Weaver. 


Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Writing for Newspapers and Magazines   View or review this program here.
Kaya Oakes, nonfiction writer and journalist  
Writing for newspapers and magazines is not only a way to make our academic fields accessible to a wider audience, it can also build interest in our disciplines and research. In this workshop, you'll learn how to think differently about audience and purpose, to familiarize yourself with the processes of pitching and working with editors, and how to use social media to engage readers.

THE FOLLOWING PROGAM WILL BE CONDUCTED ONLINE VIA ZOOM MEETING. Log in ID will be sent to registered participants.

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Writing Books for Bigger Audiences
Sharmila Sen, editorial director, Harvard University Press
1:30-3 p.m.
Drawing on her significant experience working with faculty, Dr. Sen shares insights regarding how to shape book projects that will find a broader readership, and offers tips for modulating one's voice and prose accordingly. 

Additional Opportunities 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020: Professional Headshot Session 
April 20 - June 15, 2020:  One-on-One Coaching Session