Emerson Engagement Labs (EEL)

The Emerson Engagement Labs (EEL) is a cluster of research and design labs focused on the intersections of media and civic engagement.

EEL will bring together existing labs with newly developing labs to foster collaboration and consolidate support for external partnerships.

The Engagement Game Lab Staff

The Engagement Game Lab (staff pictured) is one of the labs that make up the Emerson Engagement Labs.

The Engagement Game Lab (EGL) is an existing lab that studies games and play in civic life, with a focus on designing digital and analog games with government, NGOs, and community organizations.


Faculty Fellows

Engagement Lab faculty fellows are appointed from the Emerson Faculty for 2-year terms. The primary responsibility of faculty fellows is to contribute to the intellectual culture of the lab through weekly fellows meetings, co-teaching a “lab course,” the active development of new projects, and informal student mentorship.  Fellows will be encouraged to seek external funding for projects that align with the mission of the lab. Additionally, fellows will be required to give at least one public presentation of their scholarship each academic year.

A more detailed description of responsibilities is below:

  1. Lab Course – Fellows will co-teach a lab course once per academic year. Lab courses will be in partnership with organizations or institutions and be focused on the creation of media-based approaches to foster civic engagement, activism, or meaningful participation in social life.
  2. Lab Meetings – During the school year, the lab will host regular research and project meetings, where fellows are expected to engage in critical discussion with colleagues and students about ongoing or future work. These meetings will also be devoted to discussing teaching, learning, and curriculum issues.
  3. Public Lecture – Once per academic year faculty fellows will provide a public lecture to be hosted at the Engagement Lab.
  4. New Projects -  Faculty fellows should be actively seeking funding for research projects. Fellows will work with faculty directors and staff at the Engagement Lab to plan projects and write grants.  Fellows will be encouraged to contribute to existing projects and provide guidance for students interested in contributing to projects.
  5. Presence – There is available workspace at the Engagement Lab, and fellows will be strongly encouraged to spend some of their time there. It is a vibrant space, with many events and hallway conversations, and simply being present contributes a significant amount to the culture.

2014-2015 Engagement Lab Faculty Fellows