Diane Filion Center for
Advancing Faculty Excellence

Public-Facing Scholarship

Share your scholarship through public-facing op-eds, academic blogs, and more.

Reach More Audiences

You may be curious about how to share your research with more audiences. Through public-facing scholarship, you can engage the public through non-academic outlets. And you will share meaningful and relevant information that makes a difference. You may already enjoy this type of scholarship through op-eds, blog posts, podcasts, and community talks. The goal is to make scholarship relevant and foster informed, engaged communities.

This kind of work is recognized by the university and is rapidly becoming a force of its own in many academic disciplines. Increasingly, even the job market is emphasizing public-facing scholarship. Doing this kind of work will help with tenure and promotion, winning grants, and with finding editors and book contracts.

You can leverage the reach of public-facing scholarship to share your ideas. Because this is new territory, Professor Clancy Martin is ready to help you navigate.

  • Figure out how to reshape your work to reach beyond academia
  • Identify which opportunities to pursue
  • Learn how to pitch your idea
  • Learn to think like the editors and other gatekeepers of popular media think and write in that style.

Please use the sign-up link below. You must select a time and share your ideas and experiences (if any). The sign-up process should take about five minutes. Then, within a day (longer over a weekend), a calendar invitation will arrive in your inbox.

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Public-facing scholarship is academic work designed to be relevant to a broad audience. Examples include op-eds, podcasts, public lectures, and social media. Public-facing scholarship makes research accessible and fosters public understanding of important issues.
Public-facing scholarship can serve many purposes. It can help academics reach a wider audience, thereby increasing the impact of their work. It can also serve as a form of public education, helping to inform public opinion and policy. By breaking down barriers, public-facing scholarship fosters engagement between academia and the public.

Clancy Martin is the University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science and Philosophy at UMKC. His research covers the ethics of social and behavioral health, especially in the areas of suicide prevention and the treatment of addiction, and the use of storytelling as part of the therapeutic process. He has published more than 10 books on a variety of subjects, mostly philosophical, including two novels, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Ethics, Journal of the History of Philosophy, Harper’s (where he is a contributing editor), Vice (where he is a contributing editor) and dozens of other magazines, journals and newspapers. His work has been optioned for movies and television and has been translated into more than 30 languages, and he has won a Guggenheim Fellowship among other fellowships and awards.

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