Now more than ever, scholars are facing the dual pressures of fulfilling the traditional requirements of academia and engaging in scholarship that will engage and impact the broader public.

For scholars considering this career trajectory, it is important to note the existing challenges as well as the support and resources necessary to advance a public scholarship agenda.

Presenters will discuss local and national efforts to address the risks and to build the reward structures for public scholars in the academy. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in discussion, ask questions, share their experiences, and develop ways to address this topic on the U-M campus.


Tabbye Chavous
Professor of Education and Psychology; Director of the National Center for Institutional Diversity
University of Michigan


Matthew Countryman
Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, American Culture, History; Chair of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
University of Michigan

Christian Davenport
Professor of Political Science
University of Michigan

Julie Ellison
Professor of American Culture, English
University of Michigan