This award will recognize a faculty member and their community partners who have together engaged students in high-quality service-learning. Through service-learning, students apply their academic skills and knowledge to address the genuine needs of a community organization. This provides students with a deeper understanding of their studies and fosters a stronger sense of civic responsibility.


All current tenure track or non-tenure track faculty and their community partner(s).


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Award Amount


Selection Criteria

The assessment of nominees will involve consideration of the quality of the partnership, and will be heavily weighted around how well the service-learning course(s) meet(s) the best practices of service learning listed below:

  • Identified course learning objectives.
  • Evaluation and/or assessment of student learning.
  • Structured reflection activities.
  • Addresses an actual community identified need.

Nomination Materials Required

Faculty, administrators, students and others who are knowledgeable about the individual’s engagement in service learning are invited to submit nominations online. Please provide the nominee’s name, department, and a brief statement as to why you feel your nominee should receive this award. Complete nomination letters may be submitted, but do not have to be to nominate an individual. Eligible nominees for this award will be contacted later for more information, including a narrative, CV, teaching samples, and two recommendation letters (if a nominator includes a letter, nominees may or may not choose to use this as one of the two required).

Questions about the President’s Award for Excellence in Service Learning should be addressed to Michael Babcock, Center for Faculty Excellence, [email protected],  994-5175