Two research projects have been selected to receive Engaged Scholarship Incentive Grants for fiscal year 2021. The grants, totaling $8,000, are provided as part of UT’s commitment to engagement and the scholarship of academic outreach. These projects enhance the University of Tennessee’s public view of the campus research mission.
Projects that emphasized collaboration across disciplines received priority consideration, as well as projects that demonstrate how the faculty scholarship efforts directly impact the local community.
“Research partnerships between the community and universities are compelling mechanisms to provide support on local priorities. These opportunities can provide insight for the community partner and a ‘living lab’ environment for our students and faculty.” Marisa Moazen, assistant vice chancellor for research engagement and director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Kristina Gordon, professor of psychology, in partnership with Mary Jane Moran, professor and department head in the Department of Child and Family Studies, and Cheryl Ball, vice president of operations for the Knox County Community Schools Initiative. Gordon’s project, “Evaluating the Implementation of Relationship Education in a Community School Setting” will pilot the delivery of the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), in Lonsdale through a partnership with the Community Schools Initiative. PREP has a proven track record of success in strengthening families through faith-based counseling at local churches. The PREP pilot program at Lonsdale seeks to bring these services to a wider secular audience through a partnership with Community Schools.
Anthony Pellegrino, associate professor of education, in partnership with the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education and Knox County Schools’ Social Studies Department. Pellegrino seeks to emphasize the use of primary sources to urage historical thinking as a way to enrich social studies education in Knox County Schools with his project, “Forming and Supporting School-University Partnerships between Knox County Schools and UTK’s Social Science Teacher Education Program.”
These grants provide funding and support to faculty interested in collaborating with a community partner and researching practical solutions to complex challenges. As a land grant university, UT is dedicated to making a significant impact locally and globally, with a special emphasis on improving the quality of life for Tennesseans.