Faculty Excellence in Scholarly Community Engagement

Purpose of the Award
This excellence award serves the following major purposes:
1. To highlight the University’s commitment to engaged scholarship in teaching,
engaged research/creative activities, and/or engaged service
2. To reward faculty excellence in mutually beneficial, scholarly engaged teaching,
research/creative activities and/or service
3. To thereby promote excellence in community engagement among all TT and CT
Nature and Number of Awards
One award will be bestowed in each year for excellence in engaged teaching, engaged
research/creativities and/or engaged service by faculty. The committee generally will not
designate awards unless there are enough truly excellent candidates to justify such action that year.
Each award recipient receives $5,000 to be shared with an identified community partner. The winning partnership also represents UD in the competition for the regional W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award. These are among the most prestigious recognitions of exemplary engaged scholarship in the United States, and also provide cash prizes, including $20,000 for the top national award.
A brick inscribed with the recipient’s name will be placed in Mentor’s Circle. Recipients will present brief lectures describing their work and its impact during an annual symposium. Funds for the awards will be provided by the Office of the Provost and the Community Engagement Initiative
Criteria of Excellence
Nominees who demonstrate the following qualities as documented in their nomination
materials will be considered:
1. Exemplify excellence in engaged teaching, engaged research/creative activities, and
engaged service for work performed while on the University of Delaware faculty.
2. Record of engaging University of Delaware students, including members of
under-represented groups, in their engaged scholarship projects.
3. Clearly recognized externally as an engaged scholar as evidenced by letters of
reference and/or external awards received.
Rules of Eligibility for the Award
1. Nominees must be full-time UD faculty members. (“Faculty” refers to having either a
primary or secondary appointment as an assistant professor, associate professor, or
professor, both TT and CT faculty will be considered for these awards)
2. Only work performed while a member of the University of Delaware faculty will be
3. Awardees in the last ten years are ineligible.
4. Self-nominations are not allowed.
5. Nominations are retained for three years and can be updated yearly with additional
evidentiary materials.
Nomination Materials
A typical nomination package will consist of the following elements:
1. The candidate’s curriculum vitae.
2. A nominating letter of no more than 2 pages in length.
3. Exemplars of the candidate’s work
4. Up to three additional letters of support, which clearly indicate the impact of the
candidate’s scholarly contributions to the discipline and to the community. At least
two of these letters should come from community partners outside of the University
of Delaware.
Selection Procedures
Awardees are selected by the Faculty Senate’s Committee on Student and Faculty Honors. The Committee compares the evidence provided in the nominations against pre-established criteria for excellence in engaged teaching, engaged research/creative activities and/or engaged service. The Director of the Community Engagement Initiative, or their designee, will serve as an ex-officio member of the selection committee.
Deadline for Submissions: September 30, 2022
Please email the submission packet to Sarah Trembanis at sltrem@udel.edu . Please title the email “Faculty Excellence in Scholarly Community Engagement Award Submission.”