What is COFFA
COFFA is an international academic consortium for institutions and programs that
offer education in forensic anthropology for research and practice. Our mission
is to support the development and success of fundamental education and training
for students, faculty, and practitioners of forensic anthropology.
- Tenure and
Promotion Recommendations for Programming in Forensic Anthropology
COFFA will adopt recommendations of the scholarship of engagement as defined in
the Report of the Scholarship of Engagement Task Force at North Carolina State
Definition. The scholarship of engagement is the collaborative
generation, refinement, and exchange of mutually beneficial and societally relevant
knowledge that is communicated to and validated by peers in academe and the community.
Purpose. The scholarship of engagement aims to develop ethical
and practical solutions to social, health, economic, and/or environmental issues.
This scholarship may involve higher education institutions and communities on and
off campus in partnerships that hold common goals and share expertise and resources.
Broadening Concept of Scholarship. The scholarship of engagement
challenges narrow definitions of academic scholarship that solely emphasize the
products of discipline-based research without identifying how the process of engaging
in scholarship in itself creates an intellectual environment stimulating knowledge
discovery, integration, application, and teaching. In 1996, Boyer proposed that
the scholarship of engagement describes the mission of institutions of higher education.
In other words, universities are to engage public groups in specifying areas for
study, action, and teaching and assessing together the impact of collaborative work
(from Executive Summary, Report of the Scholarship of Engagement Task Force at North
Carolina State University 2009) .
Practices and Lessons Learned
Develop documents that provide models and suggestions for undergraduate and graduate
level education in forensic anthropology. These documents will provide COFFA members
opportunities to share and exchange resources.
Guidelines for Training Practicing Forensic Anthropologists
Develop curriculum and administrative guidelines for degree-granting graduate training
programs for practicing forensic anthropologists.