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The Engaged ScholarThe Engaged Scholar

Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World

Andrew J. Hoffman

Narrated by Ian Putnam

Available from Audible

Book published by Stanford University Press

Society and democracy are ever threatened by the fall of fact. Rigorous analysis of facts, the hard boundary between truth and opinion, and fidelity to reputable sources of factual information are all in alarming decline. A 2018 report published by the RAND Corporation labeled this problem "truth decay", and Andrew J. Hoffman lays the challenge of fixing it at the door of the academy. But, as he points out, academia is prevented from carrying this out due to its own existential crisis — a crisis of relevance. Scholarship rarely moves very far beyond the walls of the academy and is certainly not accessing the primarily civic spaces it needs to reach in order to mitigate truth corruption. In this brief but compelling book, Hoffman draws upon existing literature and personal experience to bring attention to the problem of academic insularity - where it comes from and where, if left to grow unchecked, it will go - and argues for the emergence of a more publicly and politically engaged scholar. This book is a call to make that path toward public engagement more acceptable and legitimate for those who do it; to enlarge the tent to be inclusive of multiple ways that one enacts the role of academic scholar in today's world.

Andrew J. Hoffman Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise with appointments in the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan. He is the author and editor of 18 books. Among his list of honors, he has been awarded The Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business (2020) and the 2020 ONE Teaching Award.


“This book is a critical message for every university that measures its success by the real-world impact of the work on its campus.”

—Philip J. Hanlon, president, Dartmouth College

“This is a critical design map for a critical moment in academic and human history.”

—Michael Crow, president, Arizona State University

“Should be required reading for anyone in academia today.”

—Beth Daley, editor and general manager, The Conversation US

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