Faculty Reflections at the Intersection of Digital Storytelling and Community Engagement

  • Bev Bickel
  • Bill Shewbridge
  • Romy Hübler
  • Ana Oskoz
Part of the Digital Education and Learning book series (DEAL)


Drawing on a decade of extensive digital storytelling at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), experienced faculty practitioners have expanded story work beyond traditional personal narratives into community engagement and public scholarship projects. While social and civic aspirations have been present in the work of Joe Lambert and the Center for Digital Storytelling (now the Story Center) since its early days, there is increasing interest in digital stories, conceived broadly, and their intersection with renewed campus commitments in US higher education’s democratic purposes and the continued development of civically engaged, public scholarship. UMBC’s faculty reflections on recent projects at the intersection of digital storytelling and civic engagement provoke our discussion of collaborative, inclusive knowledge production, disseminating stories and nurturing public scholarship, and the contributions of this engaged story work to changing campus cultures. We conclude with recommendations from experienced practitioners for launching and sustaining community-engaged story work across disciplines and communities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bev Bickel
    • 1
  • Bill Shewbridge
    • 1
  • Romy Hübler
    • 1
  • Ana Oskoz
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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