Univ. of Cincinnati Professor Wins National Award for Scholarship of Engagement

 Pay it Forward course among Dr. Farrah Jacquez’s community engagement commitments

The New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) presented its distinguished  Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty  to Dr. Farrah Jacquez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati.

The annual award recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.  The award is designated for either pre-tenure faculty at tenure-granting campuses or early career faculty (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts.

NERCHE  recognized Dr. Jacquez for her dedication to “reducing health disparities for under-served communities—with a particular focus on children. Dr. Jacquez’s approach to community-engaged scholarship underscores the value of reciprocity and collaboration, incorporating the expertise of community members most directly affected by health inequities, individuals from positions of power within community agencies, and academic partners, including students. Her nuanced understanding of the role that individual motivations and interests of community and academic stakeholders play in the design and implementation of community-engaged projects greatly improves the chances for success.”

As one of Ohio Campus Compact’s original Pay it Forward student philanthropy project grant recipients, Dr. Jacquez infused the study of philanthropy into her course on  Diversity and Health.  As part of the service-learning course, UC students conducted a health needs assessment with the students, teachers and staff at a Cincinnati Public School attended by K-8 students who are native Spanish or French speakers as well as by a large number of African-American youth.

From the NERCHE press release:  “Utilizing community-based participatory research (CBPR), Farrah Jacquez involves community residents directly in the design and facilitation of research projects and the implementation of interventions that may occur as a result of the research. Inherent in this process is the importance of local knowledge in understanding and addressing community health problems. She writes, ‘By engaging communities in this participatory process, the emphasis of research is on practical problems of importance to its constituents, and the process itself provides an outlet to express needs and concerns. The knowledge generated from the research is culturally relevant and connected to people’s lived experiences and thus is more readily translated into action than knowledge that is disconnected from familiar contexts and practices.‘”  Read more about Dr. Jacquez and her research.

Ohio Campus Compact congratulates Dr. Jacquez on receiving this prestigious award!

Source:  NERCHE

Related link: Paying it Forward:  Psych Professor Earns Philanthropic Grant

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