Regarded for her creativity and collaborative scholarship, Elizabeth Kryder-Reid provides students with unique opportunities to engage the community through service-learning. She graduated with her A.B. in 1984 from Harvard University and received both her M.A. and a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1987 and 1991 respectively. Along with her abilities to foster campus-community partnerships and teach her students active community building and research skills, she has brought national recognition to the Museum Studies Program.
Since joining the School of Liberal Arts faculty in 1998, Kryder-Reid has secured over $1 million in grants for IUPUI's Museum Studies Program to enhance its community service capabilities, create new faculty positions, and support graduate student funding. The rich curriculum of the program enables students to work with a vast range of museums in central Indiana and gain real-world experience in strengthening an organization's connection to its community. Since 2012, she has engaged her students in a national project under the auspices of the Humanities Action Lab. Alongside those from 20-30 other institutions across the country, IUPUI faculty and students collaborate to create a traveling exhibit on a particular theme--often engaging in public dialogues on a range of challenging topics.
One of Kryder-Reid's most significant contributions to IUPUI and the community is the establishment of the Public Scholars of Civic Engagement Program, which promotes and sustains campus-community partnerships. Through this program, IUPUI stands out as a model for urban universities as a premier contributor to public scholarship and as a provider of service to local cultural institutions. Kryder-Reid's work is highly regarded on a national level. Her research not only sparks further research, but also equips practitioners across the nation with the necessary tools to deepen the impact of their respective organizations and extend those outcomes into their communities.