Sponsored Research and Scholarly Conversations with Lincoln Faculty

Transforming Liberal Arts Education Through Faculty & Student Engagement in Scholarship

Strategic Plan, Theme Two: Enhance Academic Quality and Achieve Operational Excellence

When we describe faculty members at Lincoln University, we sometimes use “teacher,” “scholar,” or “practitioner” interchangeably. Despite a heavy teaching load, we appreciate and respect the range and diversity of the scholarly activities of our faculty members. For example, we expect our faculty to have a high level of expertise. We expect them to break new ground. We expect that their activity can be replicated and their results documented. We want their work to have an impact.

All of these expectations that we place on our faculty are examples of “scholarship,” which means “contributing to a body of knowledge.”

Lincoln University’s faculty members produce scholarship in four areas—or typologies—as defined by researcher Ernest Boyer:

  • The Scholarship of Teaching provides best practices in the pedagogy and andragogy of learner engagement and “builds bridges between understanding and learning by transmitting, transforming, and extending knowledge.”
  • The Scholarship of Discovery generates and enhances “a commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of inquiry, and investigation.”
  • The Scholarship of Integration makes “connections across disciplines, placing specialties in a larger context, or illuminating data in a revealing way.”
  • The Scholarship of Application provides a broader impact and extends “the outcomes of discovery and integration and moves knowledge towards engagement.”

Lincoln University’s unwavering commitment to creating and sustaining a University culture of broad engagement—inclusive of faculty, students, staff, and administrators—in research and related scholarly activities is evident in the investments made in the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and the Center for Undergraduate Research. These two offices provide high quality technical and administrative support to enhance the effectiveness of engagement in research and creative pursuits.

Michael E. Ayewoh, Ph.D., CALD, Chief Research & Sponsored Programs Officer Michael Lynch, Ph.D., Director, Center for Undergraduate Research

In 2018, Lincoln University launched the Strategic Plan “Reimagining the Legacy: Learn. Liberate. Lead.” with a focus on student success through reinvestment in our roots as a liberal arts institution. Our liberal arts approach focuses on active and collaborative learning using high impact practices. Active and collaborative learning requires both engaged faculty and students. Faculty scholarship strengthens their teaching and creates opportunities for students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world problems. Through myriad strategic partnerships, Lincoln works with local, regional, national, and international partners to conduct research, solve community problems, and contribute to the cultural life of the community.

In this edition, you will hear from three faculty members who have experienced more engaged students and improved teaching skills as a result of their pursuit of scholarship and active research projects.