The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement annually recognizes a student, a faculty member and a community partner for their contributions to service-learning and civic engagement. The awards will be presented Tuesday, May 13. The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement has issued a call for nominations for the three awards. The deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday, April 15.

Information about the application process, the selection process and criteria for each of the awards is listed below.

Call for Nominations: Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Student Award

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement recognizes one student annually for development in critical awareness of the causes of and solutions to social problems that confront individuals, as evidenced in meaningful course reflection or significant leadership initiative in relation to his or her work in the community. Consistent with the university’s mission statement, the award is open to students (graduate or undergraduate) who have embraced the university’s mission by becoming “morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.”

Application process

Nominations must include a supporting letter of no more than 500 words from the faculty member with whom the student studied and any relevant supporting materials such as reflection papers and letters of support from the community partner. The nomination letter should address how the nominee has participated in service-learning and civic engagement on the basis of the criteria listed below.

Selection

The Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Advisory Board’s subcommittee on nominations will assess all nominations and determine the recipient. Members of the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Advisory Board reserve the right to make nominations and grant awards. The award will be presented at the community engagement recognition reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. The recipient will be informed of the award prior to the meeting and is expected to be present at the reception.

Criteria for the student award

The student award will be granted according to the following criteria:

  • High-quality service-learning and civic engagement
  • Evidence of impact of engagement on the student and/or community partner and the clients they serve
  • Dedication to social responsibility and the common good

Deadline

To be considered for the annual award, nominations must be submitted via email to Dr. Eleni Roulis, Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Special Programs, by Tuesday, April 15.

Call for nominations: Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Faculty Award

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement annually recognizes one faculty member for exemplary implementation of service-learning and civic engagement. This award acknowledges the courage and commitment necessary to integrate service-learning and civic engagement successfully into credit-bearing and requirement-based coursework.

By offering this award, the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement expresses its appreciation for faculty who foster student reflection and critical awareness of social problems that confront society.

Consistent with the university’s mission statement, the award is open to professors (typically clinical, assistant, associate and full professors, although 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.”

Application process

Nominations must include a supporting letter of no more than 500 words and any relevant supporting materials such as syllabi, description of service-learning and civic engagement 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 process are eligible to receive the award. The nomination letter should address how the nominee has demonstrated exemplary teaching through service-learning and civic engagement on the basis of the criteria listed below.

Selection

The Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Advisory Board’s subcommittee on nominations will assess all nominations and determine the recipient. Members of the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Advisory Board reserve the right to make nominations and grant awards. The award will be presented at the community engagement recognition reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. The recipient will be informed of the award prior to the meeting and is expected to be present at the reception.

Criteria for the faculty award

The faculty award will be granted according to the following criteria:

  • High-quality design and implementation of credit-bearing or requirement-based service-learning and civic engagement
  • Evidence of impact on students and/or community partners
  • Dedication to social responsibility and the common good

Deadline

To be considered for the annual award, nominations must be submitted via email to Dr. Eleni Roulis, Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Special Programs, by Tuesday, April 15.

Call for Nominations: Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Community Partner Award

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement annually recognizes one community partner for welcoming St. Thomas’ faculty and students in its organization, and for collaborating with UST to engage in meaningful civic engagement and efforts to foster greater social responsibility.

Consistent with the university’s mission statement, the award is open to community partners who enable UST to embody its mission to educate “students to be morally responsible leaders, who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.”

Application process

Nominations must include a supporting letter of no more than 500 words and any relevant supporting materials such as hyperlinks to the organization’s website, mission statement and annual report. The nomination letter should address how the community partner has participated in the university’s service-learning and civic engagement program(s) on the basis of the criteria listed below.

Selection

The Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Advisory Board’s subcommittee on nominations will assess all nominations and determine the recipient. Members of the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Advisory Board reserve the right to make nominations and grant awards. The award will be presented at the community engagement recognition reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. The recipient will be informed of the award prior to the meeting and is expected to be present at the reception.

Criteria for the community partner award

The community partner award will be granted according to the following criteria:

  • High-quality service-learning and civic engagement
  • Evidence of impact on students and/or community partners
  • Dedication to social responsibility and the common good

Deadline

To be considered for the annual award, nominations must be submitted via email to Dr. Eleni Roulis, Associate Vice President for Academic Services and Special Programs, by Tuesday, April 15.