2014-2015 News

Four Anthropologists Awarded OCEP’s Research That Matters Faculty-Community Partner Grants

The USF Office of Community Engagement & Partnerships (OCEP) is pleased to announce the 2014 Research That Matters Faculty-Community Partner Grants, each awarded approximately $8,000.

This year's awardees, all of whom are faculty in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts & Sciences, presented research proposals that are exemplary models of community engaged research. All projects are part of ongoing sustainable partnerships with community groups (three locally and one globally), where the partnerships are clearly reciprocal in nature and mutually beneficial. Community partners have meaningful roles in project planning (identifying needs/questions), implementation, and interpretation of the results.

In addition to planned publications in disciplinary journals (highest quality for questions asked), all projects have built in reports back to community partners in ways that are useful and meaningful to those partners. Potential measurable impact is therefore far greater than impact factor scores and journal citations. Project proposals were reviewed by a review panel of prior grant recipients and OCEP staff. All awardees' proposals were judged to have clearly stated objectives, high methodological and scientific rigor, and potential for dissemination to academic and community audiences, as well as for continuing external funding of the community engaged research program. Three of these projects also incorporated community engaged teaching/learning as integral to the research, employing service-learning courses so that USF students can participate in "high impact practices" designed to enhance learning, student retention, and graduation rates. Finally, these research projects are excellent examples of the kinds of high quality community engaged research that is part of the USF revised Tenure and Promotion Guidelines.

The Research That Matters Faculty-Community Partner Grants funded by OCEP are consistent with USF central strategic priorities of student success, research and innovation, and engagement with communities both locally and globally, and with the mission of OCEP "to expand local and global initiatives that strengthen and sustain healthy communities, promote social justice, and help improve the quality of life for all."