Making Space for Community-Engaged Scholarship in Geography

Jonnell A. Robinson, Timothy L. Hawthorne

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Geography has a long tradition of community-engaged research and teaching. Conventional institutional and departmental norms in many U.S. universities and colleges, however, often discourage such engaged scholarship and teaching, especially among junior faculty. We argue that geographers are well poised to unravel society's twenty-first-century intractable problems if engaged scholarship is more intentionally supported. As community geographers in junior faculty positions at research-intensive universities, we discuss our experiences with placing community engagement at the core of our scholarship, highlighting opportunities for a more robust integration of engaged scholarship in academic geography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-283
Number of pages7
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2018


  • community geography
  • community-engaged scholarship
  • participatory geography
  • public geographies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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