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KerryAnn O'MearaUT’s Office of Research and Engagement is hosting a national expert on academic reward systems for engaged scholarship.

KerryAnn O’Meara, associate professor of higher education at the University of Maryland, will present “Rewarding Engaged Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure: Strategies for Action” at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the university.

The talk will be held in the Hodges Library Auditorium and is free and open to the public. O’Meara also will visit with campus groups, which share goals for becoming a recognized university for community engagement.

O’Meara will outline strategies for defining, differentiating, assessing, evaluating, and valuing the engaged scholarship of faculty through the promotion and tenure process. Her work focuses on academic reward systems, faculty careers, and community engagement.

Her research has appeared in the Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education Journal, and Handbook for Higher Education Research, among other publications.

O’Meara’s visit is co-sponsored by UT Extension, the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center, UT Service Learning, the Carnegie Advisory Committee, and the Academic Outreach and Engagement Council.


Karen Simsen (865-974-5186,