Making time/making temporality for engaged scholarship

Joshua B. Barbour, Dawna I. Ballard, J. Kevin Barge, Rebecca Gill

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Research on engaged scholarship has demonstrated that it requires substantial investments of time and requires the negotiation of research partners’ multiple, differing time horizons. Although the importance of time as a resource in research collaborations is generally recognized, the implications of temporal difference among research partners need further exploration. Drawing on the meso-level model of organizational temporality, we develop a heuristic framework for analyzing the temporal enactments, temporal construals, and the designable features of temporality in key practices of engagement, namely, co-missioning, co-designing, and co-enacting. The framework is illustrated with the authors’ firsthand accounts of multiple engaged research projects that highlight concrete strategies for managing the temporal difficulties of long-term engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)365-380
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 8 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Engaged scholarship
  • organizational change
  • research collaboration
  • temporality
  • time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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