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AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards – Now Accepting Submissions

AASCU E&I AwardsAASCU is pleased to announce that we have begun accepting submissions on for the 2018 AASCU Excellence and Innovation Awards. Our awards program is designed to recognize and publicize the exemplary work being done by our members in the areas of:

  • student success
  • regional and economic development
  • international education
  • leadership development
  • sustainability and sustainable development
  • civic learning and community engagement
  • teacher education.

The awards provide a method for collecting and disseminating information about successful programs and to support campus efforts to improve their institutions. Importantly, the awards also provide an opportunity to recognize the significant work that our members are doing on their campuses.

Award recipients will receive an engraved sculpture, as well as recognition at the AASCU Annual Meeting. During the meeting, we would like to share a video highlighting the award winning programs. Each award winning campus will be asked to produce a short video about their program. Award winners will also be recognized in the AASCU magazine, Public Purpose, and on the AASCU website. AASCU will also acknowledge award recipients through the national media and take other measures to ensure public recognition of award winners’ accomplishments.

We encourage you to submit applications for any programs or initiatives on your campus that might serve as a model to other AASCU presidents and chancellors and that would help advance practice in the field. Your participation in this awards program will support AASCU’s efforts to advance the distinctive mission of public higher education. Applications are due by May 4, 2018.

Applications will be reviewed by subcommittees of AASCU Standing Committees, namely:  the Committee on Undergraduate Education will review the Student Success and College Completion Award; the Committee on Economic and Workforce Development will review the Regional and Economic Development Award; the Committee on International Education will review the International Education Award; and the Committee on Professional Development will review the Leadership Development and Diversity Award; the Committee on Sustainable Development will review the Sustainability and Sustainable Development Award and the Committee on the American Democracy Project will be reviewing the Civic Learning & Engagement Award. The Teacher Education Award applications are initially screened by a group of education deans appointed by the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities and then by a committee of AASCU presidents.

Program details and the application form are available on the AASCU website,

If you have questions about the program, please contact Jennifer Whitson, Leadership Development & Member Services, at or 202.478.4646.

Job Openings: CEEP Staff in AZ, FL, and GA/MS/TN

The national nonpartisan Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is seeking new staff to help with their work helping colleges and universities motivate America’s 20 million students to register to vote, navigate daunting voting laws, educate themselves on candidates and issues, volunteer in campaigns, and turn out at the polls. CEEP teaches administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders to use their institutional resources to engage students. They are looking for an Arizona State Director, a  Florida Assistant State Director, and a Southern regional staffer who will engage campuses in Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

CEEP is looking for staffers to do outreach, build and maintain partnerships with faculty, staff, administrators and students at those states’ major two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

See for more information on CEEP (including info relevant to engaging your campus) and for full descriptions of both positions.

The ideal candidates will have a proven ability to foster strong relationships and stay organized while working on long-term projects. They’ll be committed to developing new ideas and promoting CEEP’s established models of engagement, like CEEP’s Master 7 Key Ways engagement roadmap,  while working with administrators, faculty and staff, plus student leaders and allied organizations, to engage the campuses in the state.  This positions would be ideal for a grad student, or strong community activist, like a recent grad. They’re open to both full-time and part-time applicants.

Descriptions attached and also on the CEEP website.

REMINDER: Nominations Due 3/30/18 for ADP Civic Engagement Awards

REMINDER: Nominations are due March 30, 2018 for the American Democracy Project’s three national civic engagement awards. Recipients will be announced at the ADP organizing meeting and breakfast at our 2018 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Anaheim, California.

Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement
AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nominations 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.

Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement
AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nominations 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. Support for the award comes from 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.

Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement
AASCU’s American Democracy Project seeks nominations for the Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement. The Burch Award is presented annually to a senior faculty member in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution.


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