National Faculty Awards for Civic Engagement
For faculty committed to civic and community engagement, there are two major national awards: The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award from Campus Compact, and the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement, from the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). Both awards value community collaboration as well as institutional impact and honor engaged scholarly work across the faculty roles of teaching, research, and service. We encourage nominations for senior faculty (post-tenure for middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) for the Ehrlich Award and nominations for early career faculty (pre-tenure or early career at institutions with renewable contracts) for the Lynton Award. Please share information about the awards with your colleagues. Information about the Lynton Award can be found at www.nerche.org
The Thomas Ehrlich Award
The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) each year. Honorees (who must be affiliated with a Campus Compact member institution) are recognized for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. The award — previously known as the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning — is named in honor of Thomas Ehrlich, former chair of the Campus Compact board of directors and president emeritus of Indiana University.
The award winner is granted $2,000 and the opportunity to conduct a session at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Conference. Four finalists are also featured in a panel presentation at the conference.
Congratulations to our 2013 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award Winner Richard Battistoni of Providence College!
Read the announcement here.
“Civic engagement has been the hallmark of my academic work. Receiving this award goes beyond the recognition of my life’s work that it signifies, as I have been deeply influenced by Tom Ehrlich, first as a mentor and scholar, then later as a colleague and supporter. To have my name connected with his is a testament to the value and importance of this work.” — Professor Richard Battistoni.
Three finalists have also been acknowledged for their achievements. They are:
- Robbin Crabtree, Ph.D., Dean, College of Arts & Sciences; Professor, Department of Communication, Fairfield University, CT
- Mary Alice Morgan, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Service-Learning; Professor of English and Women’s Studies, Mercer University, GA
- Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski, Ph.D., Professor, Sociology; Director, Community Involvement Center, Weber State University, UT
More about the Ehrlich Award