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President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

(one award for tenured/tenure-track faculty)

Purpose of award

This award is to recognize, encourage and reward those tenured and tenure-track faculty who are exemplary in their service outside of the university, providing leadership and making significant contributions in external civic organizations and settings. Serving on civic boards and committees, and leading critical and valuable community initiatives, are some examples of desired involvement. This award recognizes the importance of sustained contributions to the external community that create connections with the university.

Screening process and nomination packet

A President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Community Engagement review committee will focus on this award and be composed of former award recipients. The nomination packet for this award will consist of only the following, assembled into a single PDF file in the order indicated:

  1. award nomination form
  2. recent letter of support/nomination from the department chair
  3. self-statement of service to the community (not to exceed five pages). The statement should speak to
    • the nature and quality of civic contributions to the community
    • how the service has enhanced connections between the community and the university.
  4. current curriculum vitae that includes record of service to civic organizations

No additional materials should be submitted.

Previous recipients of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Engagement are ineligible for nomination for this award.

Each college may submit a maximum number of nominees (based on the size of the college) for this award category:


Maximum Number
of Nominees















University College


Honors College


Past Recipients

2016  Jill Fleuriet, Liberal and Fine Arts
2015  William McCrary, Liberal and Fine Arts
2014  Gregory B. White, Sciences
2013  Francine Romero, Public Policy
2012  Eugene Dowdy, Liberal and Fine Arts
2011  Christine Moseley, Education and Human Development
2010  Turgay Korkmaz, Sciences
2009  Roxanne Henkin, Education and Human Development
2008  Weldon Hammond Jr., Sciences