Is My Activity Publicly Engaged?

Public engagement includes varying degrees of involvement, ranging from outreach to full engagement with two-way relationships.

The questions below are to help you determine if your research, teaching, service or creative expression is included on the spectrum of public engagement. If you answer "yes" to each question below, then the activity in question meets the baseline criteria.


  • Does this activity address a public or community need?
  • Does this activity align in some way with UAlbany's mission?
  • Is this activity relevant to my discipline/expertise?


  • Is this activity conducted for, in, or with any communities or publics, as defined?

[Furco, Andrew (2013). Scholarship with Impact. Power Point presentation at the University at Albany.]


  • Does this activity have mutual benefits for both the University and communities involved?
  • Are the results/products of this activity available/accessible to the appropriate communities?

[The “Purpose, Process, Product” conceptual framework was derived from:  Stanton, T. et al (2007). New times Demand New Scholarship II:  Research Universities and Civic Engagement – Opportunities and Challenges. University of California, Los Angeles.]

Some examples of publicly-engaged activity from different disciplines/units:

  • Arts: The New York State Writers Institute works to create a community among writers and provide opportunities for the larger community to access and appreciate the written word.
  • Biology: The RNA Institute is a research center working with partners on research and discovery of medical interventions and diagnostics to treat a range of human diseases.
  • Business: Going Green Globally is a course for MBA students to work with businesses and nonprofits in the region to help develop strategies to address environmental sustainability issues.
  • Computing & Information: A partnership with the Schenectady Police Department is working to develop better methods to analyze public surveillance cameras to detect and investigate criminal activity.
  • Criminal Justice: Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st Century is a workshop series engaging the local community in conversations on the intersections of social and criminal justice in an increasingly diverse society.
  • Education: Know Your Schools - for NY Kids is a project to provide evidence-based research and tools to area schools to help them identify and assess challenges and develop data-driven solutions to improve student performance.
  • History: The Talking History Program is a collaboration with public/non-commercial radio stations to record and broadcast oral histories, audio documentaries, speeches, etc., in a weekly radio program.
  • Public Health: Communities for Healthy Living is a participatory research project working with parents and health care providers to identify effective interventions to prevent childhood obesity.
  • Public Policy: The Institute for Financial Market Regulation is a cooperative project connecting academics and practitioners to develop interdisciplinary research and improve policy on market regulation.
  • Psychology: The Psychological Services Center provides affordable mental health services to Capital District residents, through which PhD students gain clinical experience and skills.
  • Regional Planning: The Graduate Planning Studios are courses in which Master's students work collaboratively with community members to help address community needs and create plans for future development.
  • Social Welfare: The Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness is a research center developing a statewide network to address and implement innovative practices/policies for the aging population.
  • University-Wide: The Community & Public Service Program is a series of three courses providing credit to students helping to build the capacity of the region's nonprofit organizations and public agencies.