Nomination Procedures and Process

The Engagement Scholarship Consortium’s Awards Program provides institutional recognition of excellence in engaged scholarship. Open to all institutions of higher education, the Awards Program was announced in September 2017 at the ESC Annual Conference hosted by Auburn University and ESC members in the Southern region. Awards of excellence of engaged scholarship will recognize exemplary institutional programs in five categories:  Student, Faculty, Community Partner, Distinguished Engaged Scholar, and Institutional Leadership. The Distinguished Engaged Scholar Award is named the Hiram E. Fitzgerald Distinguished Engaged Scholar Award in honor of Hiram “Hi” Fitzgerald, University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, who served as president of ESC and its predecessor, the National Outreach Scholarship Conference. The Institutional Leadership Award is named the Ryan, Moser, Reilly Award recognizing leaders from Pennsylvania State University, Ohio State University, and University of Wisconsin - Extension for their significant contributions to the inaugural meeting of the National Outreach Scholarship Conference.  Please note: ESC will begin accepting nominations for these two categories (Institutional Leadership and Distinguished Engaged Scholar) in 2021. 

Nominations will be accepted through submission forms provided below from January 21 – April 3, 2020. The extended deadline for electronic submissions is April 3, 2020. Award recipients will be notified by May 2, 2020.

Nominations for the categories of Student, Faculty, and Community Partner will include:

  • Program description
  • The importance of the project in the community
  • Overall relevance
  • Program outcomes and next steps
  • Lessons learned
  • One letter of support describing program outcomes, university/community collaboration, and scholarship contributions

Nominations will be reviewed by members of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium.  Award winners will be notified by May 2, 2020.  In addition to participation in the Awards Program Presentation, category winners will be invited to share their exemplary program experiences during a conference panel presentation.

Nomination Materials and Award Category Examples

Award (select one from drop down options)

  • Excellence in Student Community Engagement Award

Example: The Chester Community Fellowship program is focused on developing fellows as engaged scholars, civic leaders, and public servants.  Since its start in 2007, the CCF annually awards grants to Swarthmore students to support a 10-weekk, full-time summer internships with a Chester-based community organization.  One of the most unique and impactful aspects of this program is the development of a “project-in-common,” in which students work together on a project t that is identified to be of need to community partners.  Identified projects often require interdisciplinary and creative ideas to provide community solutions.  The program is designed with the needs of community partners in mind, serving to lift up their work with the assistance of Swarthmore students who have an interest in community engagement and the skills to make a contribution to a specific organization.  (2019 ESC Excellence in Student Community Engagement Award, Swarthmore College)

  • Excellence in Faculty Community Engagement Award

ExampleUP (University Participant (UP) Program) is a fully inclusive two-year residential college program for college-aged adults with ID/D that provides integrated education and career training for these individuals so they can transition into community living and working.  Participants are fully integrated into campus life, choosing and attending classes, living in resident halls, engaging in social and recreational activities, taking part in student organizations, and forming lasting friendships.  While on campus, each UP student is paired with a university student volunteer member.  The UP Program is a demonstration site whereby other institutions glean practices, research, technical assistance, and inspiration to create and sustain similar programs for their communities.    (2019 ESC Excellence in Faculty Community Engagement Award – Western Carolina University)

  • Excellence in Community Partner Engagement Award

Example:  The P-16 Initiative aims to connect K-12 and University of Nebraska at Omaha students with nonprofit community partners through the development of collaborative academic service learning experiences. Since 2010, the P-16 Initiative has engaged over 11,000 UNO students and over 19,000 K-12 students in 631 projects.  Each year, students provide approximately 40,000 hours.  In each project, UNO and K-12 students are able to apply classroom knowledge into real-world situations to better the community – resulting in better comprehension of academic concepts and an increased sense of civic engagement.  (2019 ESC Excellence in Community Partner Engagement Award – University of Nebraska – Omaha)

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Nominator

Applicant First Name

Applicant Last Name

Institution

College/Department

Email Address

Phone Number

Nomination Narrative

Program description (250 words)

Describe the importance of this project in the community (250 words)

Describe relevance, research, and reciprocity involved with this project (250 words)

Describe program outcomes/impacts and plans for next steps (250 words)

Discuss lessons learned and plans for the future (250 words)

Letter of Support (Attach as a Supporting Documentation)

Attach one letter of support describing program impact, university/community collaboration, and scholarship contributions.

Nominations will be accepted from January 21 – April 3, 2020. The extended deadline for electronic submissions is April 3, 2020. Members of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium will review nominations and serve as the selection committee. Award winners will be notified by May 2, 2020. In addition to participation in the Awards Program presentation during ESC’s annual meeting (September 15-16, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA), category winners will be invited to share their exemplary program experiences during a conference panel presentation. Questions related to the ESC Awards Program may be directed to Melissa Maybury Lubin (lubin2mm@jmu.edu), Dean, Professional and Continuing Education at James Madison University, or Susan E. Short (sshort@vt.edu), Associate Vice President for Engagement at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.