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NERCHE’s 2014 Lynton Award Finalists

2014 Lynton Award finalists
NERCHE and the Center for Engaged Democracy at Merrimack College are delighted to announce the selection of ten finalists for the 2014 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty. The pool of candidates was extraordinary and represents a range of institutions and disciplines.

Ernest Lynton framed faculty scholarly activity as inclusive, collaborative, and problem-oriented work in which academics share knowledge-generating tasks with the public and involve community partners and students as participants in public problem solving. The community-engaged work of the following faculty members serves as a model of the public scholarship that Lynton championed.

The ten 2014 Lynton Award finalists include two faculty members from AASCU member institutions: Valerie Francisco, Sociology and Social Work, University of Portland and Travis Hicks, Interior Architecture, University of North Carolina Greensboro.

The remaining seven finalists are: Semra Aytur, Health Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire; Tracey Gendron, Gerontology, Virginia Commonwealth University; Adriana Katzew, Art Education, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Zak Montgomery, English and Modern Languages, Wartburg College; Jonathan Rosa, Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Alan Tinkler, Education, University of Vermont; Estrella Torrez, Arts and Humanities, Michigan State University; and Jomella Watson-Thompson, Applied Behavioral Science, University of Kansas.

To learn more about each finalist, visit the NERCHE website.  Learn more about the Lynton Award.

Congratulations to all the finalists!

ADP/TDC Honor Leaders with Awards for Civic Engagement at 2014 National Meeting

AASCU’s American Democracy Project (ADP) and its sister organization The Democracy Commitment honored a team of students and three outstanding leaders in civic engagement earlier this month during their joint national meeting in Louisville, Ky.

2014 ADP/TDC Award Recipients

2014 ADP/TDC Award Recipients

Three ADP awards were presented: The John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement; The William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement; and the inaugural Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement. The Democracy Commitment also awarded it’s inaugural award — an award for a team of students.

TDC’s inaugural award, The Democracy Commitment Student Action Award, is given to recognize a student-initiated or -directed project or program that exemplifies the democratic skills and capacities of community college students. The first annual The Democracy Commitment Student Action Award was presented to three students from De Anza College (Calif.). Karla Navarro, Cecelia Ng, and Ashley Schneider were nominated by Cynthia Kaufman for their initiation of and work on the 350 De Anza Divestment Project. These students decided that they wanted Foothill De Anza Community College district to divest from fossil fuels. They conducted research, consulted with faculty mentors, and got unanimous resolutions from the student bodies at both campuses in the district. They then took that to the foundation board and worked with the members to pass a unanimous resolution for full divestment. There are active divestment campaigns on a few hundred campuses nationally, but many of them have stalled out. De Anza was only the eight campus to divest, and was the second state institution and the first community college. The movement really needed a victory at that point, and has since picked up steam, with Stanford’s divestment at the end of spring semester.

This year’s recipient of the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement, Bethany Fleck, is an assistant professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colo). In addition to teaching courses in human development and psychology, Fleck pioneered two service-learning courses within the psychology department and is at the forefront of the movement to institutionalize service-learning at MSU Denver. The award was created in honor of John Saltmarsh, co-director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston, as a tribute to his dedication to nurturing the next generation of civic leaders.

Harold Hellenbrand, this year’s recipient of the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement, has exemplified the values of this award through his work as provost and vice president of academic affairs at California State University, Northridge. Hellenbrand’s background reflects strengths in planning, K-12 linkages, retention efforts, and a strong commitment to diversity; he has nearly 30 years of experience within the California State University system. The award is named after William M. Plater, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis’ (IUPUI) chief academic officer from 1987 through 2006. During his term at IUPUI, Plater oversaw the development of civic engagement as an integral part of the campus mission and as a defining characteristic of its graduates.

The Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement was created this year to honor exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students and advancing the work of AASCU’s American Democracy Project. The inaugural recipient of this award, Gregg Kaufman, is an instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia College, where he also coordinates the campus’ American Democracy Project; he also serves on the national ADP implementation committee. The award’s namesake provided extraordinary national leadership in the design, creation and ongoing development of the American Democracy Project.

“We’re so pleased to honor these outstanding individuals who represent the incredible work of civic learning and engagement taking place on our campuses every day,” says George Mehaffy, AASCU’s vice president for academic leadership and change. “The work of the people we recognized in Louisville, and the countless campus faculty members and administrators who also work to prepare the next generation of informed, engaged citizens, will strengthen our country and contribute to a brighter future for us all.”

Student Spotlight: CSU Fresno’s Elizabeth Olenchalk

California State University, Fresno junior Elizabeth Olenchalk was named a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow in recognition of her commitment to community service and civic leadership.

Elizabeth is a Liberal Studies major and her minor in Urban Civic Education was developed as part of AASCU’s five-campus, Learn and Serve America grant-funded program to develop civic minors in urban education (learn more here). Olenchalk hopes to become “a change agent who addresses community issues.” Read more.

Call for Nominations: 2014 Lynton Award for Early Career Faculty


2014 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and the Center for Engaged Democracy (CED) at Merrimack College

The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.

Community engagement describes the collaboration between faculty and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

-Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Lynton Award emphasizes community-based scholarly work across faculty roles. The scholarship of engagement (also known as outreach scholarship, public scholarship, scholarship for the common good, community-based scholarship, and community-engaged scholarship) represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member’s expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution. In addition, NERCHE and CED conceptualize scholarly engagement in terms of social justice in a diverse democracy.

This year’s award will be presented at the 20th Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), “Universities as Anchor Institutions: Driving Change”, which will be held from October 5-7, 2014, at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.  CUMU is a co-sponsor of the Award.

The recipient of the award will have several opportunities to disseminate his or her community-based work, including presenting at the CUMU conference, presenting at the annual Lynton Colloquium, publishing in the Metropolitan Universities Journal, and participating in one or more webinar focused on community-based scholarly work.

Award Eligibility:

  • Only full-time faculty from U.S. public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities are eligible for the Award.
  • A faculty member who submits tenure materials for review prior to the Lynton Award application deadline is not eligible to apply for the Award.

2014 Lynton Award Nominations:

  • Nominations can be made by academic colleagues, administrators, students, and community partners.  Each nominator should aim to present a comprehensive account of the nominee’s publicly engaged teaching, research, and service. To this end, the application provides for the inclusion of the names and affiliations of additional nominators. Further, endorsements from individuals familiar with one or more aspects of the nominee’s work can be included in the supporting documentation of the application.
  • In cases in which multiple individuals submit a single application for the nomination of a faculty member, one person should be designated as the primary nominator responsible for completing and submitting the application. Additional nominators can be noted in the appropriate section of the application.
  • More than one faculty member from a single college or university may be nominated. Please complete separate applications for each nominee.

Nominators will submit nominations via an online application.  To submit an application, please see the Application Instructions.

Application Deadline:
Friday, May 16, 2014, at 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Questions regarding this framework should be addressed to the Lynton Award Coordinator, Dr. Elaine Ward, at Merrimack College’s School of Education and Social Policy by email at (subject line: “Lynton Award Help”) or by phone at (978) 837-3572.

Learn more about the Lynton Award

Nominations for ADP’s Civic Engagement Awards Due April 11, 2014

Nominations for ADP’s two national civic engagement awards are due Friday, April 11, 2014.

Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement

Willam M. Plater

Willam M. Plater

AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nomination for the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement.  The Award is given each year to an AASCU chief academic officer in recognition of his or her leadership in advancing the civic mission of the campus. Funded through the generosity of Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, the award acknowledges the critical leadership role that chief academic officers play in helping make an institution intentional about its public mission to prepare undergraduates as informed, engaged citizens.

The Plater Award, presented annually, includes an engraved commemorative and $1,000.  The Award recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 5-7, 2014 in Louisville.  The Award can also be presented on the recipient’s campus.

Nomination and Selection Process: Chief academic officers may be nominated by anyone on the campus. The president or chancellor must endorse the nomination.
Nomination materials for the 2014 Plater Award must be submitted electronically by April 11, 2014.


Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement

John Saltmarsh

John Saltmarsh

AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nomination for the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.  The Saltmarsh Award is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner organization. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative and a check for $500. The Award recipient will be at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 6-8, 2013 in Louisville.

Support for the award comes from Bill Plater and the royalties from the 2011 book To Serve a larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education (Temple University Press) edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley.

Nomination and Selection Process: Emerging Leaders may be nominated by anyone.
Nomination materials for the 2014 Saltmarsh Award must be submitted electronically by April 11, 2014. 

Call for Nominations: The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

Deadline for receipt of materials: October 1, 2013

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning.

The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley.

Please go to the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders page for complete information.

All doctoral level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. Graduate students in fields where the Master’s degree is the terminal degree, such as the MFA in art, are also eligible. (Nominees must hold student status in January 2014.)

Applicants must demonstrate:

1. Leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership in teaching and learning, with a strong commitment to academic and civic responsibility; and

2. Leadership or potential leadership in the development of others as leaders, scholars, and citizens.

Nomination Process
A faculty member or administrator must nominate the student, with a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator. The following materials must be submitted for an application to be considered:

1. a nomination letter from a faculty member or administrator;

2. a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator;

3. a statement from the student indicating how he or she meets the
award criteria;

4. a copy of the student’s curriculum vitae.

Nominations can be submitted anytime, but no later than October 1, 2013. Nominees must also complete an online form with all contact information. Only complete nominations will be considered.

The Award
The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award provides financial support for graduate students to attend AAC&U’s 2014 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC, January 22-25, 2014. All award recipients are required to attend the conference.

The award includes travel, lodging, conference registration, and a one-year affiliation with AAC&U, including subscriptions to all AAC&U periodicals.

The awards will be announced in December 2013, and recognized at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in January.

Contact Information
Please contact Suzanne Hyers at or 202.387.3760 with any questions.

FGCU’s Brandon Kliewer honored with ADP’s 2013 Saltmarsh Award

By Jen Domagal-Goldman, National Manager, American Democracy Project

John Saltmarsh and Brandon Kliewer

John Saltmarsh and Brandon Kliewer

In an effort to recognize, support, and encourage the next generation of leaders in the civic engagement movement, the American Democracy Project established an award for emerging leaders in civic engagement in 2011, the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.  This annual award was named in John’s honor to recognize a lifetime passion of his: thinking about and preparing the next generation of civic leaders. To learn more about the Saltmarsh Award, visit this website.

The 2013 Saltmarsh Award recipient is Brandon Kliewer, Assistant Professor of Civic Engagement and ADP campus director at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is also a civic engagement fellow at the Points of Light Foundation, working to develop an online certificate program in community-engaged leadership. His scholarly attention is currently focused on a book-length project related to civic dialogue, community organizing and social change. He holds a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in political science and a master’s degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

John Saltmarsh presented Brandon with his award at the 2013 ADP/TDC national meeting in Denver on June 7.

Congratulations, Brandon!

2013 Plater Award Presented to Fresno State’s Provost William A. Covino

CSU Fresno’s Provost William A. Covino has been awarded AASCU’s 2013 William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement. He was presented with the award at the American Democracy Project national meeting in Denver on June 7, 2013.

William Covino_300

William Covino, 2012 Plater Award recipient

Each year we recognize an AASCU Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for his or her leadership in institutionalizing civic engagement on their campus. The William Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement, established in 2006,  is designed to recognize the critical role of the chief academic officer in advancing the civic mission of the campus through curricular reform, public advocacy, accountability for institutional citizenship, faculty development and recruitment, and partnerships with community organizations. The Plater Award is the first national award established specifically to honor and recognize CAOs for their leadership in higher education and is funded through the generosity of AASCU member campus Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis.

“Among an impressive group of finalists for the William M. Plater Award, Provost William Covino stood out,” said George Mehaffy, AASCU’s vice president for academic leadership and change. “He has an amazing vision for the role of the university in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens.

“I was impressed with how comprehensive civic engagement is at Fresno State. Bill’s leadership connected his campus to all corners of his community, improving the educational outcomes at Fresno State and enriching the community it serves,” Mehaffy said.

On May 22, the California State University Board of Trustees named Covino the next president at California State University, Los Angeles. Covino will begin his new position on Sept. 1. He has been provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Fresno State since 2009.

Under Covino’s leadership, the Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning helped volunteer service by Fresno State students, faculty, staff and administrators exceed 1 million hours for three straight years. Service hours totaled 1,129,004 in the 2011-2012 academic year. The volunteer work was done by 16,405 people, including 16,258 of approximately 21,000 students at Fresno State.

2013 Plater Recipient_Bill Covino

From left to right: Vince Magnuson (2011 Recipient), William Covino (2013 Recipient), AASCU’s George Mehaffy, and Mel Netzhammer (2012 Recipient)

According to philanthropic standards, the estimated economic impact of Fresno State’s community service was greater than $28.5 million in the past year.

“This is a great recognition of the commitment of so many at Fresno State to creating a true and lasting university-community partnership, and to the ethic of engagement, service and citizenship that is so deeply held by our faculty, staff and students,” Covino said of the award.

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Student Spotlight: FHSU’s Kelly Nuckolls

FHSU's Kelly Nuckolls

FHSU’s Kelly Nuckolls

Kelly Nuckolls, a senior at Fort Hays State University and a student member of ADP’s Implementation Committee, has been recognized nationally as one of 180 2013 Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact.

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Fellows are recommended by their college or university presidents and the awards are made in memory of Frank Newman.

According to the award notification, “Nuckolls creates programs and events to involve students and the surrounding community in becoming aware of taking action to combat hunger. Her passion for this work has positioned her as a leader on and off campus.”

Nuckolls has been involved in numerous organizations including the Global Leadership Project, American Democracy Project, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Universities Fighting World Hunger Eighth Food Summit, Up ‘Til Dawn, Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society and Student Government Association.

Kelly Nuckolls is deeply involved in awareness and action for local, national, and global hunger. For two years she has been the coordinator for the Global Leadership Project. Through her position, Kelly creates programs and events to involve students and the surrounding community in becoming aware and taking action to combat hunger. Her passion for this work has positioned her as a leader on and off campus.

Congratulations, Kelly!

IARSLCE Call for Award Nominations


IARSLCE is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the following 2013 awards, details of which may be found at Awardees will be recognized at the 2013 IARSLCE conference in Omaha, November 6-8, 2013. For details about the conference, please visit

The Distinguished Research Award recognizes any researcher who has a distinguished record of research and scholarly contributions on service-learning and community engagement.

The Early Career Research Award recognizes outstanding early career contributions to scholarship on service-learning and community engagement.

The Dissertation Award recognizes a dissertation that advances research on service-learning and/or community engagement through rigorous and innovative inquiry.

Ten $500 Graduate Student Scholarships are provided by the Association on a competitive basis for support to attend the conference. One of those ten is especially for an international graduate student who is not based in the US.

All award nominations are due May 24, 2013.

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