Imagining Change, Creating Impact

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What is Public Scholarship and Engagement (PSE)?

Public Scholarship and Engagement (PSE) is a unit in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. The PSE Team will:

  • Coordinate communication that promotes the value of public scholarship, shares existing resources, and enables relationship building.
  • Facilitate collaborative activities across colleges and schools, and in local and regional communities and beyond.
  • Encourage, incentivize, and reward public scholarship through grants, awards, training, and acknowledgement in merit and promotion.
  • Measure and assess the impact of publicly-engaged research and learning in communities, public policy, and the improvement of learning outcomes through evidence-based approaches.

The PSE team supports efforts that expand the reach of publicly engaged research, scholarship, teaching, and learning, both internally and externally. You can contact the PSE Team on our Contact Us page, or at

How Does PSE Serve the Mission of UC Davis?

UC Davis is widely viewed as an engine of engagement through the many activities carried out by individual faculty, students, and staff. However, the collective impact of these actions lacks visibility both on and off campus, and will greatly benefit from an integrated and coordinated approach that explicitly acknowledges, rewards, and communicates the value and impact of university public scholarship.

As a land-grant institution, UC Davis has an obligation to serve the public. As a university-wide unit, PSE will also convene university and non-university individuals and groups, and facilitate the creation of community-university collaborations with the goal of assisting different communities to access university resources.

The four primary roles of PSE are to:

  • Communicate the value, importance, and impact of engaged scholarship and engaged learning. 
  • Convene individuals and groups to build collaborative relationships, partnerships, and networks. 
  • Collaborate on university and community partnerships, training, workshops, and events.
  • Champion public scholarship to increase resource support and change the institutional system of rewards and recognition.