University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Nominations due Oct. 1 for annual Civic Engagement Awards

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate outstanding community partners as well as colleagues and departments for the annual Civic Engagement Awards sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement. Nominations are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 1.

The awards, which recognize excellence in community partnerships, service learning, and community-based research, are presented each fall at the Center’s Stone Soup Luncheon and Awards Program. The program will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Gorecki Alumni Center.

The award nomination process requires only a short description of why the nominee deserves recognition. Nomination forms and complete award descriptions are available online at the Center for Community Engagement , 777.0675, or Stone Soup Luncheon reservations also can be made online or by contacting the Center.

• Community Partner Award recognizes a nonprofit, community, or public organization that has demonstrated an exemplary relationship with and support for one or more academic programs, faculty, or students.

• Public Scholar Award recognizes a full-time UND faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary public scholarship and meets the criteria of a) involving community members in the design and implementation of research or creative activity; and b) producing scholarship (broadly defined) that has been made available and accessible to the public.

• Faculty Service-Learning Award recognizes a full-time UND faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary effectiveness in using service-learning as a pedagogy to meet the designated service-learning course goals of civic skills, civic knowledge, or civic professionalism, and civic impact. UND service-learning course criteria are available at

• Engaged Department Award recognizes a UND academic department that has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to engagement of faculty and students in scholarship and learning in community contexts, addressing community needs.

• Graduate Student Civic Engagement Award recognizes a UND graduate student who has advanced civic engagement through public scholarship, service-learning pedagogy, or scholarship about civic engagement, and who has outstanding academic or disciplinary civic engagement leadership potential.

• Undergraduate Student Civic Engagement Award recognizes a UND undergraduate student (enrolled during the semester of the Awards Program) who has demonstrated exemplary civic engagement through dedication and innovation in academic-based service learning and who demonstrates outstanding civic leadership potential.

• Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award recognizes individuals who actively support the idea of community building, have an ethic of care for others, work across human difference while connecting people and resources, and represent the spirit of Paul Boswell. This award is given in conjunction with Multicultural Student Services and the Department of American Indian Studies.

-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement