Distinguished Community Engagement Awards

Distinguished Community Engagement Awards

2020 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

Combine all components of the nomination packet (see below for details) into a single pdf file following this convention: AwardCategory_LastName_First Name. Submit the single file via email to: Erin Jerome (ewjerome@library.umass.edu) no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, March 2, 2020. Applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-April, 2020.

Contact:  For questions about the program, please contact Erin Jerome: ewjerome@library.umass.edu

Awards

  • Award recipients receive a $1000 monetary prize and certificate of merit, and faculty award recipients are recognized at the UMass Amherst Faculty Honors dinner in April 2020.

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 here  

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.
  • Letters of support from one or more community partner organizations and additional documentation that describe how the engaged research has benefited the community. Up to three letters and three other documents are allowed (maximum of 6 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 mutually beneficial partnership with UMass Amherst, addressing the selection criteria listed below.
  • A CV/short biosketch (no more than two pages) which includes professional preparation, academic appointments, teaching recognitions, and collaborations or other affiliations that best demonstrate the impact of the faculty member’s engagement contributions.
  • Letters of support from one or more community partner organizations and additional documentation that describe how the engaged teaching has benefited learners and the community. Up to three letters and three other documents are allowed (maximum of 6 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. Up to three letters and three other documents are allowed (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 MA residents 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