Multiple Forms of Scholarship

In 2007, WCU adopted the Boyer model of scholarship across its campus. Cited as a "significant shift", the integration of multiple forms of scholarship is a distinctive feature of scholarly productivity here. [To read more about the adoption, click here]. The Coulter Faculty Commons recognizes that different forms of scholarship need different kinds of support. As one of our strategic goals, we provide services to inspire, guide, enhance, and disseminate all four forms of scholarship as recognized by Boyer.

First introduced in 1990 in Ernest Boyer's work, Scholarship Reconsidered, the model suggests that Universities should recognize all forms of scholarly activity and that traditional definitions of research might be too narrow to encompass the many roles that faculty play as teachers, scholars, citizens, and communicators. Under this model, scholarship takes four primary forms:

  • Scholarship of Discovery-Building new knowledge
  • Scholarship of Integration-Interpreting knowledge in multi-disciplinary ways
  • Scholarship of Engagement-Applying knowledge for the public good
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning-Conveying knowledge to students




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