Distinguished Community Engagement Awards

Distinguished Community Engagement Awards

2022 Distinguished Community Engagement Award

Call for Nominations

Provost John McCarthy invites nominations for this year’s Distinguished Community Engagement Awards for Research, Teaching, and Community Partners. This award recognizes individuals within our campus community as well as community partner organizations for their outstanding contributions to community-engaged scholarship and teaching, and campus/community partnerships, with impacts at the local, regional, national, or international level.

At UMass Amherst, engagement creates a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources within a context of partnership and reciprocity. Members of the UMass Amherst campus and community partners collaborate in research, teaching, and creative or professional activity in ways that benefit the campus and the academy while at the same time addressing community-defined needs or goals.

Each award recognizes a specific aspect of community engagement:

  • Community-Engaged Research Award: Recognizes a faculty member or librarian for a record of community-engaged research, scholarship, and creative activities, in all disciplines and fields, that contributes to the academy, to UMass Amherst, and to their community partner organizations.
  • Community-Engaged Teaching Award: Recognizes a faculty member or librarian for a record of community-engaged teaching (credit or non-credit) with demonstrated impact in the community and benefits to learners at UMass Amherst.
  • Community Partner Award: Recognizes a community organization for a record of working in mutually beneficial partnership with UMass Amherst in ways that build the organization’s capacity to accomplish its mission, promote community well-being and contribute to the community engagement mission of the campus.

Submission and Timeline:

  • Competitive nomination packets will include all four components (see below for details). Nominations that are missing one or more components put the nominee at a disadvantage and are discouraged.
  • Combine all components of the nomination into a single pdf file following this file naming convention: AwardCategory_NomineeLastName_NomineeFirstName

Submit the single file via email to: ord@research.umass.edu no later than 5:00 pm on March 4, 2022.


INFO SESSION

Friday, February 4, 12:00 – 1:00pm, Zoom
The Distinguished Community Engagement Awards Information Session provides an overview of the award program. Learn more about the awards program and what is required for a nomination package. 

View slides from the info session's presentation.

View recording of the Zoom presentation.


Awards 

  • Award recipients receive a $1000 monetary prize and certificate of merit. Faculty award recipients are recognized at the UMass Amherst Faculty Honors dinner in April 2022, and the community partner recipient is recognized at the UMass Annual Community Breakfast at the start of the Fall 2022 semester. 

Nominations 

  • Nominations are accepted from any eligible member of the UMass Amherst community and are evaluated by a committee of members of the Faculty Senate Council on Public Engagement and Outreach, which makes recommendations for awards to the Provost. 

Eligibility 

  • Nominees for the research award must be full-time faculty. Self-nominations are accepted.  
  • Nominees for the teaching award must be full-time faculty or librarians. Self-nominations are accepted.
  • Nominees for the community partner award must be community organizations or agencies. Please be sure that the nominee has consented to be nominated.  The nominator may seek assistance from the nominee to most accurately reflect their work in the submitted documents. Community partners may not nominate themselves.
  • Nomination of prior recipients of a Community Engaged award: Prior recipients of the Research Award or the Teaching Award are not eligible to be nominated for a second award in the same category. However, they may be nominated in the other category. Prior recipients of the Community Partner Award are not eligible to be nominated for a second award. (See list of prior recipients to the right)

Review Process

  • Nominations are evaluated through a two-stage process based on the selection criteria below and administered by the Faculty Senate Public Engagement and Outreach Council.  For the initial peer-review, ad hoc reviewers are selected, based, whenever possible, on relevant experience and expertise. A committee of the Public Engagement and Outreach Council then evaluates and collectively selects nominations to recommend to the Provost, who makes the final determination of awards.

Community-Engaged Research Award
Nominations should consist of:

  • A cover letter (no more than two pages) from the person making the nomination and addressed to the Provost that: 
    • Identifies the award category
    • Describes the record of accomplishment in community-engaged research, scholarship, and creative activities of the nominee, addressing the selection criteria listed below.
  •  A CV/short biosketch (no more than two pages) which includes professional preparation, academic appointments, research products, recognitions, collaborations, or other affiliations that best demonstrate the impact of the faculty member’s engagement contributions.
  • Letter of support from one or more community partner organizations (limited to one page each).
  • Additional letters of support from other parties and/or other documentation that describe how the engaged research has benefited the community. (maximum of 4 pages total).

Community-Engaged Teaching Award
Nominations should consist of:

  • A cover letter (no more than two pages) from the person making the nomination and addressed to the Provost that:
    • Identifies the award category
    • Describes the record of accomplishment in community-engaged teaching, addressing the selection criteria listed below.
  • A CV/short biosketch (no more than two pages) that includes professional preparation, academic appointments, teaching recognitions, and collaborations or other affiliations that best demonstrate the impact of the faculty member’s engagement contributions.
  • Letter of support from one or more community partner organizations (limited to one page each).
  • Additional letters of support from other parties and/or other documentation that describe how the engaged teaching has benefited the community. (maximum of 4 pages total).

Community Partner Award 
Nominations should consist of:

  • A cover letter (no more than two pages) from the person making the nomination addressed to the Provost that:
    • Identifies the award category
    • Describes the contributions of the partner and the benefits of the partnership, addressing the selection criteria listed below.
  • A description of the community partner (no more than 300 words), including their mission or vision statement, community context and populations served, major programs, and a concise description and history of their partnership with UMass Amherst. This information will be used in communicating with the public.
  • Letters of support and other documentation that attest to the mutual benefits to the organization, the campus, and the community produced by the engagement (maximum of 6 pages total).

Selection Criteria

Nominations will be evaluated using the following selection criteria, which are adapted from the campus’ extended definition of community engagement.  
For all categories of awards, nominations should address the following criteria: 

  • Establishes and/or sustains collaborative community initiatives
  • Enriches the lives and promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities

In addition, nominations should address one or more specific criteria for the relevant category:

Community-Engaged Research Award

  • Addresses societal needs and/or technological challenges faced by residents of Massachusetts  and beyond
  • Adds value to scholarship via authored reports, professional presentations, articles, posters, books, and creative works
  • Encourages entrepreneurial activity, stimulates the economy, or prepares the workforce
  • Informs state, national, and/or international policies

Community-Engaged Teaching Award

  • Works reciprocally with a community partner to expand access to educational opportunities and life-long learning for UMass students and members of the community
  • Advances equitable access to high-quality learning experiences in or across fields
  • Prepares a diverse body of educated, engaged citizens, or prepares the workforce
  • Engages the community through community workshops, forums, trainings, meetings, and/or presentations

Community Partner Award
Through the partnership with UMass Amherst, the organization/agency:

  • Benefits the community and builds the capacity of the organization/agency to meet its mission, support its goals, and achieve its programmatic outcomes
  • Provides reciprocal opportunities to enhance UMass student learning, faculty teaching and/or research, creative or professional activity 

Contact/Questions:
For questions about the program, please email: ord@research.umass.edu

 

Previous Engagement Award Winners by Year

2022

RESEARCH: Kalpana Poudel-Tandukar, Nursing
TEACHING: Erika Zekos, Architecture

2021

RESEARCH: Erica Scharrer, Professor, Communications
RESEARCH: Carolina Aragon, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
TEACHING: Laura Ciolkowski, Senior Lecturer, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
TEACHING: Richard Chu, Professor, History

2020

RESEARCH: Lindiwe Sibeko, Associate Professor, Extension Faculty; Nutrition
TEACHING: Maureen Perry-Jenkins, Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD: Holyoke Public Schools Ethnic Studies Program 

2019

RESEARCH: Elizabeth Evans, Associate Professor, School of Public Health & Health Sciences
TEACHING: Sarah Berquist, Lecturer, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

2018

TEACHING: Katja Hahn D'Errico, Lecturer, Civic Engagement and Service learning
RESEARCH: Krista Harper, Professor, Anthropology
COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD: MOCHA (Men of Color Health Awareness), Springfield MA

2017  

RESEARCH: Joseph Krupczynski, Professor, Architecture
RESEARCH: Lisa Green, Distinguished Professor, Linguistics

2016

RESEARCH: Lisa Wexler, Associate Professor, Community Health Education
TEACHING: Emiliana Cruz, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

2015

TEACHING: Ellen Pader, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
RESEARCH: Thomas Zoeller, Professor Emeritus, Biology

2014

RESEARCH: Nilanjana Dasgupta, Professor, Psychology
TEACHING: John Reiff, Director, Civic Engagement & Service Learning

2013

RESEARCH: Elena Carbone, Head of Department, Nutrition
TEACHING: Margaret Riley, Professor, Biology

2012

TEACHING: Nicholas McBride, Associate Professor, Journalism
RESEARCH: Linda Tropp, Professor, Psychology

2011

TEACHING: Joseph Krupczynski, Professor, Architecture
RESEARCH: Sandra Petersen, Professor, Veterinary & Animal Sciences
RESEARCH: Margaret Speas, Professor, Linguistics

2010

RESEARCH: W. Richards Adrion / Computer Science
TEACHING: Michele Cooke / Geosciences

2009

RESEARCH: Joyce Berkman / History
TEACHING: Mari Castañeda / Communication
TEACHING: Todd Crosset / Sport Management
COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD: Ira Rubenzahl (President of STCC)

2008

RESEARCH: Jean Anliker / Nutrition
TEACHING: Jerri Willett / Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies
COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD: Jane Feroli (Brockton Public Schools)

2007

RESEARCH: James Manwell / Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
TEACHING: Daniel Gerber / Public Health
COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD: Imre Kepes (Co-director of El Arco Iris in Holyoke)

2006

RESEARCH: Maureen Perry-Jenkins / Psychology
RESEARCH: Robert Pollin / Economics
TEACHING: Robert L. Ryan / Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
TEACHING: Nathaniel Whitaker / Mathematics & Statistics
COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD: Mei-Ju Hwang (Head of China Program in Springfield Public Schools)

2005

RESEARCH: Leda Cooks / Communication

2004

RESEARCH: Daniel Anderson / Psychology
TEACHING: Robert W. Maloy / Education

Distinguished Academic Outreach Award Winners by Year

2003

Nancy Cohen / Nutrition
Marla Miller / History
Robert Nakosteen / Finance & Operations Management

2002

Sut Jhally / Sociology
Edward Klekowski / Biology
Leda McKenry / Nursing

2001

Ruth Hazzard / UMass Extension
Roberta Uno / Humanities & Fine Arts
James Royer / Psychology

2000

Arthur S. Keene / Anthropology
John R. Mullin / Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning

1999

Ann Forsyth / Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
Henry Lu / Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
Patricia McGirr / Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning
David Schimmel / Educational Policy, Research & Administration
M. Christine King / Nursing
Josephine M. Ryan / Nursing
Ronald Prokopy / Food & Natural Resources