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Engaged Scholarship in Linguistics: Partnering with Educators to Communicate about Language Variation

Engaged Scholarship in Linguistics: Partnering with Educators to Communicate about Language Variation

This workshop is free and you do not have to be registered for the Institute to attend. To register for the Engaged Scholarship workshop, please indicate that you are "going" via our Facebook events page:

This 2-day workshop is designed for both novice and seasoned researchers who are interested in learning more about working to apply linguistic insight to educational and social change. The positioning of linguistics as a discipline that lies at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, and STEM sciences provides scholars with numerous possibilities for applying our research findings to address persistent the opportunity gaps that often face culturally and linguistically diverse students. The workshop will introduce participants to important theoretical, ethical, and logistical considerations when working with educators, students, parents, administrators, and local communities in order to maximize our impact as linguists and promote collaborative, sustainable models of engaged scholarship.

Workshop leaders will discuss examples from their own experiences working with various partners in education, including K-16 educators and education consultants from the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines; guidance counselors, clinicians, social workers, and other community members and stakeholders. Breakout sessions will also be led by invited panelists who are experts in various fields of education. Topics will include: how to think strategically about integrating one’s educational engagement with academic scholarship and teaching; how to best initiate, foster, and sustain ethically sound and dialogue-based collaborations with educators/students/schools and anticipate potential ethical challenges; how to find broader grant and fundraising prospects, including private foundations, donors, and crowdsourcing to support one’s research; and how to promote oneself as an engaged scholar and communicate effectively about research and outreach in often highly politicized educational climates.

Participants will be guided to think about how to apply these insights to their own educational research endeavors. Participants will leave the workshop with a personalized action plan for implementing their own projects and are encouraged to bring with them both broad and specific ideas for their potential research ideas to the workshop. Participants should also bring a laptop if possible.

Saturday, July 18: Doing Linguistics for Social Change
· 9-10am: Brief Introduction and Overview (Anne Charity Hudley & Christine Mallinson)
· 10-11am: Responding to Communities’ Linguistic Needs: Successes and Challenges (Christine Mallinson)
· 11am-noon: Ethical Considerations of Working in Schools (Anne Charity Hudley)
· Lunch
· 1pm-3pm: Research Roundtable: Engagement, Teaching, and Researching: Sustaining Your Career with Invited Panelist Dr. John R. Rickford and Dr. Michel DeGraff

Sunday, July 19: What Does Engaged Scholarship Look Like?
· 9-10am: Funding: The Door Is Wide Open (Anne Charity Hudley & Christine Mallinson)
· 10am-11am: Discussion and network building among attendees with similar career paths/goals. Sharing syllabi and other resources for engaged teaching and research.
· 11am-noon: Discussion/Preliminary Work on Your Action Plans
· Lunch
· 1-3pm: Participant Presentations: Your Action Plans

Funded by the National Science Foundation


Saturday, July 18, 2015 to Sunday, July 19, 2015


Stuart 101
5835 S. Greenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

Speakers / Organizers:

Christine Mallinson
Anne Charity Hudley