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The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

I encourage professors in the AASCU network to consider applying for the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award that is sponsored by Campus Compact, an ADP partner organization. Tom Ehrlich has been an important collaborator and supporter of the American Democracy Project. His leadership in the civic engagement movement is well-known and it would be very fitting for a professor from the ADP Network to win this award.


Applicants should fulfill one or both of the following criteria:

  • A senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) appointment,
  • · A full- or part-time, senior administrative position directing civic and community engagement activities as a primary appointment that has emerged out of and is still associated with a faculty appointment.

To read more about the award, please see below. The following information was taken from this website. – Cecilia Orphan


**For Information on the the 2010 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award winner, click here.

2011 National Faculty Awards for Civic Engagement

For faculty committed to civic and community engagement, there are two major national awards: The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award from Campus Compact, and the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement, from the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE). Both awards value community collaboration as well as institutional impact and honor engaged scholarly work across the faculty roles of teaching, research, and service. We encourage nominations for senior faculty (post-tenure for middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) for the Ehrlich Award and nominations for early career faculty (pre-tenure or early career at institutions with renewable contracts) for the Lynton Award. Please share information about the awards with your colleagues. Information about the Lynton Award can be found

About the Thomas Ehrlich Award

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) each year for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good. The award — previously known as the Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning — is named in honor of Thomas Ehrlich, former chair of the Campus Compact board of directors and president emeritus of Indiana University.

The award winner will be granted $2,000 and the opportunity to conduct a session at the  Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Conference 2012. Four finalists will also be featured in a panel presentation at the conference.

The recipient will be announced on June 1, 2011 on, the Campus Compact website. Nominations will be accepted from colleagues, community partners, college presidents, provosts, or through self-nomination.

Only electronic nominations and supporting documents will be accepted. No items will be accepted via fax or mail. These documents can be uploaded as a plain Word Document (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf), or as a PDF (Portable Document Format).

All application materials are due by Midnight (EST) Monday, April 4, 2011

How to Submit a Nomination

Step 1 Complete the electronic Nomination Form .

Step 2 Provide five supportive documents, including:

1. A letter of nomination from a colleague or self (limit 3 pages)

2. A curriculum vita of the nominee (limit 8 pages)

3. A letter of support from a community partner (limit 3 pages)

4. A service-learning course syllabus from the nominee

5. An essay from the nominee that addresses the three selection criteria below:

  • Evidence of deeply engaged, high-quality academic work
  • Evidence of community collaboration and change
  • Evidence of institutional impact

If you have any questions regarding the Ehrlich Award, please contact Jessica Moog at Campus Compact,  617.357-1881, x 209.

More about the Ehrlich Award

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