2012 Lynton Colloquium

NERCHE's First Annual
Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement

A day of conversation, reflection, and celebration honoring the
pioneering work of Ernest A. Lynton and the legacy of his contributions to publically engaged scholarship.


“This event provided an opportunity to acknowledge high quality community engagement and promote ideas and avenues for faculty to consider in their own practice. I see this event also as professional development. I was inspired by the Lynton winner and impressed with the good work that faculty perform when following their passions. I hope that administrators will view their faculty with new eyes after attending this colloquium.”
-- comment from Lynton Colloquium participant

Held on September 21, 2012 at UMass Boston, NERCHE's First Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship ofEngagement featured presentations and panel discussions inspired by Ernest Lynton's reframing of faculty scholarship as inclusive and collaborative work in which academics and community partners share knowledge and expertise in the process of public problem solving.  The event explored the legacy of Lynton’s influence on scholarly practice and organizational change in higher education. The keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Jordan Karubian, recipient of the 2012 Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. 

Download the Lynton Colloquium program (PDF)

View photos from the Colloquium 

Colloquium Highlights

Welcome and Opening Comments
With introductory remarks by:

Keith MotleyJ. Keith Motley
University of Massachusetts Boston

Morning Panel
Reflections on and analysis of Ernest Lynton’s work on what he called the “crisis of purpose” in higher education 

Richard M. FreelandRichardFreeland
Commissioner of Higher Education, 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Mark LappingMark B. Lapping
Distinguished University Professor
Executive Director of the Edmund S. Muskie School,
University of Southern Maine


Eugene RiceR. Eugene Rice
Senior Scholar, 
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Keynote Luncheon
Presentation by the recipient of the 2012 Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

Karubian photoJordan Karubian
Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Tulane University

Download a copy of Dr. Karubian's presentation (PDF)


With introductory remarks and award bestowal by:

Robert CaretRobert Caret
University of Massachusetts System

Read the UMass Boston press release about President Caret's presentation of the Lynton Award to Dr. Karubian.

Afternoon Panel
Next Generation Engagement: The present and future of publically engaged scholarship

Adam BushAdam Bush
Director of Curriculum, College Unbound
National Director, Imagining America's PAGE Program
Doctoral Candidate, American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

Eric DeMeulenaere Eric DeMeulenaere
Assistant Professor of Urban Schooling,
Clark University

Recipient of the 2012 Lynton Citation for Distinguished Engaged Scholarship for Early Career Faculty

Tim EatmanTimothy Eatman
Assistant Professor of Higher Education,
Imagining America at Syracuse University


Hoyt imageLorlene Hoyt
Director of Programs and Research,
Talloires Network at Tufts University


NERCHE would like to thank the following Colloquium sponsors for their generous support of the Lynton Colloquium:


  • Ruth Moorman and Sheldon Simon


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  • About the Lynton Award (link to page on NERCHE's website)
  • "Lynton Award Profile" (PDF).  This publication includes in-depth information about the history of the Lynton Award, along with descriptions of the community-engaged work of the current Award recipient, Dr. Katherine Lambert-Pennington, as well as all past recipients. The Profile also includes a remembrance of Ernest Lynton, who, as Eugene Rice writes, “dedicated his life to making a place for engaged scholarship and to shaping colleges and universities committed to the common good.”  Download a copy of the Lynton Award Profile.
  • "Profiles of Public Engagement" (PDF).  Released in June 2012, this report offers an analysis of data from applications submitted in 2009, 2010, and 2011 for the Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty.  It examines both institutional and individual data, and draws findings from materials provided by Award nominees and nominators. The report will be issued annually, providing a snapshot of the exemplary engaged scholarly work of early-career faculty, and over time both the implications of the findings and trends will become more apparent.  Learn more about this new annual report.


If you are interested in learning more about the First Annual Lynton Colloquium, please contact NERCHE at (617) 287-7740 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .