The Publicly Engaged Scholars (PES) Study illuminates the graduate school experiences and career aspirations and decisions of students and early career faculty and staff. The study is organized around a two-fold aim: to deepen our understanding about the career arc for publicly engaged scholarship and practice and to evaluate the impact of IA’s Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) program since its first cohort in 2003.
Four major questions focus the study:
- How can we characterize the profile of the publicly engaged scholar in humanities, arts, and design?
- How does graduate education prepare students to become publically engaged scholars?
- What professional pathways exist for publicly engaged scholars and artists?
- To what extent does the PAGE program add value to the academic experiences of student participants?
The study is directed by IA’s Research Director Timothy K. Eatman, with Robin Higgins, IA assistant director, and a team of graduate student researchers. In addition, a committee of national leaders in graduate education advises the project.