Syllabus as Locus of Intervention and Impact


  • Nicky Agate University of Pennsylvania
  • Rebecca Kennison K|N Consultants
  • Christoper P. Long Michigan State University
  • Jason Rhody The Social Science Research Council
  • Simone Sacchi European University Institute
  • Penny Weber The Social Science Research Council


values, impact, research assessment, diversity, equity, authority


A syllabus is an opportunity for impactful intervention in the marketplace of academic prestige. As a construction site for notions of authority, legitimacy, and power, it proffers an opportunity to build up traditionally underrepresented voices and forms of scholarship and redefine the parameters of the scholarly conversation. As a form of sustained engagement with those voices, it offers a new way to conceive of scholarly impact that goes beyond just another citation.

Author Biography

Nicky Agate, University of Pennsylvania

Assistant University Librarian for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania