Andrew J. Hoffman discusses new book The Engaged Scholar with Inside Higher Ed

April 13, 2021

Center for Positive Organizations faculty associate Andrew J. Hoffman discusses his new book, The Engaged Scholar: Expanding the Impact of Academic Research in Today’s World, in a Q&A with Inside Higher Ed.

Hoffman says his book aims to inspire researchers to engage—with the public, politicians, and practitioners—to improve the quality of science discourse in a society where the line between opinion and fact has blurred.

“Academic research is becoming increasingly irrelevant as the work becomes too insular, the language too opaque, the journals too inaccessible, the cultural norms of disciplinary boundaries too balkanized, and the reward systems cement these problems in place,” Hoffman says. “We need to break out of our siloed research communities and bring our work to a world that needs it.”

 Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan.