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 you 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 will host editorial experts who will share their experience and insights on public scholarship that can advance the common good. 

What Will You Learn?

The series covers various topics to help you understand public scholarship best practices, rewards, and pitfalls. Last spring, nonfiction writer and journalist Kaya Oakes presented Writing for Newspapers and Magazines. The series continues this fall with the following webinars conducted via ZOOM. Log-in ID will be sent to registered participants.

Fall 2020 Programs

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Writing Books for Bigger Audiences
Sharmila Sen, editorial director for Harvard University Press
Noon - 1:30 pm
RSVP: by OCT. 8
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.

Wednesday, Oct. 21
Intro to Twitter
Megan Goodwin, program director for Sacred Writes at Northeastern University
3-4 pm
RSVP: by OCT. 14
This session will provide participants with tools for beginning to use Twitter in their public scholarship, with an eye toward effective social media use and professional network cultivation. Participants should be prepared to create a twitter account during the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct. 28
Intro to SquareSpace
Megan Goodwin, program director for Sacred Writes at Northeastern University
3-4 p.m.
RSVP: by OCT. 21
This session will orient participants on the SquareSpace platform and survey best practices for building professional websites.

Thursday, Oct. 29
Public Scholarship 101
Liz Bucar, professor of religion at Northeastern University
Noon-1:30 pm
RSVP: by OCT. 22
A distinguished scholar and popular contemporary author, Bucar has written for diverse publications such as The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, and Zocalo Public Square. Her presentation will inform participants of the benefits and risks of public scholarship, and provide tips and resources for building networks for collaboration and support with journalists and media outlets.