Richmond Home

Community-Engaged Research and Publications

Community-engaged research engages faculty expertise with the expertise of community stakeholders in order to co-create new knowledge that serves a public good extending beyond the academic purpose of the work. Through a coherent, purposeful sequence of activities, community-engaged scholarship yields artifacts of public and intellectual value, invites peer collaboration and review from a broad group of relevant experts, and is presented in a form that others can use, test, and build upon.

The CCE has long-term relationships with over 60 community organizations, and we have connections to dozens more in the region in a variety of fields. Many of these organizations are looking for research partners. If you are curious about making connections, then fill out our community partner inquiry form.

Community-engaged research is published both in disciplinary journals and in journals dedicated to community engagement. Below is a sampling of publications from UR faculty. Moreover, the CCE has a Faculty Conference Support Fund to send UR faculty/staff and their community partners to conferences to learn and share their research.

For all community-engaged researchers, we encourage you to take the Community-Engagement Research modules offered for free by the IRB office (listed as “optional modules” under the Human Subjects courses).

For those applying to government grants (NSF, NEH), please check out Research in Society (www.researchinsociety.org) for how to create the most compelling broader impacts programs.

If you have questions about community-engaged research, then we encourage you to email Derek Miller, dmiller4@richmond.edu, and hear about ways we can support faculty work.

Faculty Publications


Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Perren, J., Grove, N., & Thornton, J. (2013). Three empowering curricular innovations for service-learning in ESL programs. TESOL Journal, 4(3). 463-486.

Hodges, A.C. Using Experiential Education to Develop Human Resources for the Nonprofit Community: A Course Study Analysis. Drexel Law Review, 6(1).

Howard, A. (2009). Engaging the city: Civic participation and teaching urban history. Journal of Urban History, 36(1). 42-55.

Vazquez, K. E., & Wright, M. (2018). Making visible the invisible: social justice and inclusion through the collaboration of museums and Spanish community-based learning projects. Dimensions.

Cecka, Dale Margolin, Steven Berenson, Lisa Martin, Karen Pearlman Raab, and Maryann Zavez. 2010. “Empowerment, Innovation, and Service: Law School Programs Provide Access to Justice and Instill a Commitment to Serve.” 48 Family Court Review 672.

Browder, Laura, and Patricia Herrera. 2012. “Civil Rights and Education in Richmond, Virginia: A Documentary Theater Project.” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy23(1):15-36.

Datta, Monti Narayan. 2014. “Applying Community-based Learning in Teaching and Researching Contemporary Slavery.” Current Undergraduate Research Quarterly 34(3):17-18.

Community-Engaged Research

Browder, L. & Herrera, P. An Archive, Public Participation, and a Performance. Public: A Journal of Imagining America, 1:2.

Hoffman, Jeremy S., Shandas, V., Voelkel, J., Boyer, J.,  Fong, S. S., Harnsberger, G., Lookingbill, T.R., Maurakis, E.G., Sheridan, J. P., Zatcoff, A. (2018, in preparation). Assessing and communicating urban heat island effects and vulnerability using citizen science engagement in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Urban Climate Elsevier Journal.

McConnell, J. E. (2018). 30 tips for excellence in juvenile defense. Virginia Champion, Winter(12).

McConnell, J. E. (2017). Capital sentencing for children in Virginia in the wake of Miller v. Alabama and Montgomery v. Louisiana. Richmond Public Interest Law Review, 21(1). 47-58.

McConnell, J. E., & Ciolfi, A. (Eds.). (2018). Juvenile law and practice in Virginia. Charlottesville, VA: Virginia Continuing Legal Education.

Courtenay, CI., and Lookingbill, TR. (2014). Designing a Regional Trail Network of High Conservation Value Using Principles of Green Infrastructure. Southeastern Geographer 54(3):270-290.

Finley-Brook, M., Williams, T.L., Caron-Sheppard, J.A., and Jaromin, M.K. (2018). Critical Energy Justice in US Natural Gas Infrastructuring. Energy, Research, & Social Science41:176-190.

Key Terms

The CCE recently circulated draft definitions of community-engaged faculty work, and the terms can be reviewed here.