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President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

(One award for tenured/tenure track faculty and one award for full-time non-tenure track faculty)

Purpose of award

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching describes community engagement as, “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.”

This award is to recognize, encourage and reward those faculty who are exemplary in their service and civic scholarship outside of the university, providing leadership and making significant contributions to the public good. This award recognizes the importance of continuous contributions to the external community that create sustainable connections with the university, elevate the civic mission of the institution and provide measured impacts on community needs.

Recipients of this award will have demonstrated outstanding achievement in and commitment to community engagement, some qualifying examples of this engagement include, but are not limited to:

  • Creation of partnerships with community based organizations, educational institutions and/or governmental entities for the mutual exchange of knowledge and resources that demonstrate sustained impact on the community
  • Engaging students with the community through service-learning course offerings, program development and/or community engaged research
  • Community engaged research projects
  • Significant service on boards of community based organizations, city or county commissions/taskforces

Screening process and nomination packet

The President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Community Engagement review committee will 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 engagement in the community (not to exceed five pages). The statement should speak to
    • the nature and quality of your community engaged research and/or contributions to the community
    • how your community engagement has enhanced connections between the community and the university and built sustainable partnerships with measured impacts
  4. Current curriculum vitae that includes a record of engagement with civic organizations

No additional materials should be submitted.

Previous recipients of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Service/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
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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