Faculty Member Publishes Book on Community-Based Research

By: Nathalia Casiano

November 23, 2016

Mary Beckman, Ph.D., Associate Director at the Center for Social Concerns and Director of Academic Community Engagement for the University of Notre Dame, has recently published Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact with Stylus Publishing. Co-edited with Joyce F. Long, Research Analyst at Memorial Hospital-South Bend's Community Health Enhancement Department, the book demonstrates how community-based research can be integrated into academic coursework to effectively foster student learning while resulting in positive outcomes for local communities. It was written for faculty, graduate students, and other higher education constituents interested in engaged scholarship as well as for community organizations that desire to collaborate with academic researchers to reach their goals.   

Through the Center for Social Concerns, Beckman directs a program in community-based research that offers grants to teams of faculty, community partners, and students to conduct research on issues of local concern. An economist and faculty member, she co-developed the University’s Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and has co-directed and taught in the program. In her role as Director of Academic Community Engagement for the University, she guides the work of Notre Dame’s Community Engagement Coordinating Council (CECC) which aims to deepen the culture of engagement between the University and the local community.

For more information on the co-edited volume, Community-Based Research: Teaching for Community Impact, community-based research at the Center for Social Concerns, or the CECC, contact Mary Beckman at


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