The Office of Service-Learning annually recognizes one faculty member for exemplary implementation of service learning. This award acknowledges the courage and commitment necessary to integrate service-learning and community engagement successfully into credit-bearing and requirement-based coursework.
By offering this award, the Office of Service-Learning expresses its appreciation for faculty who foster student reflection and critical awareness of social problems that confront us.
Consistent with the university’s mission statement, the award is open to those professors (typically clinical, assistant, associate and full professors, though adjunct and visiting nominees will be considered) who have educated “students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.”
Nominations must include a supporting letter of no more than 500 words and any relevant supporting materials such as syllabi, description of service-learning in the course, and evidence of impact on students and/or the community. Self-nominations are accepted. Only faculty members who have designated their course(s) through the university’s service-learning designation processes are eligible to receive the award. The nomination letter should address how the nominee has demonstrated exemplary teaching through service-learning on the basis of the criteria listed below.
The Service-Learning Advisory Board’s subcommittee on nominations will assess all nominations and determine the recipient. Members of the Service-Learning Advisory Board reserve the right to make nominations and grant awards. The award will be presented at the community engagement recognition reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. The recipient will be informed of the award prior to the meeting and is expected to be present at the reception.
The Service-Learning Faculty Award will be granted according to the following criteria:
- High-quality design and implementation of credit-bearing or requirement-based service learning.
- Evidence of impact on students and/or community partners.
- Dedication to social responsibility and the common good.
To be considered for the annual award, nominations must be made by Monday, April 23. Please email your nomination to Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, interim director of service-learning.