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Call for Nominations for the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement

William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement

Given in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates through programs and activities that encourage greater knowledge, skills, experiences and reflection about the role of citizens in a democracy.

Nomination materials for the 2013 Plater Award are due Monday, April 8, 2013.

Willam M. Plater

Willam M. Plater

The William M. Plater Award for Leadership In Civic Engagement was established in 2006 by AASCU in collaboration with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in appreciation for the leadership of William M. Plater, who served as the chief academic officer of IUPUI from 1987 through 2006. IUPUI has generously agreed to endow the Plater Award for 15 years.

The Plater Award 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 chief academic officers for their leadership in higher education.

The Award

The Plater Award is presented annually to an AASCU chief academic officer. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition and a check for $1,000. The 2013 Award recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 6-8, 2013 in Denver.


  1. Service as the chief academic officer of an AASCU member campus for at least three years.
  2. Demonstration of sustained personal leadership in one or more of the following areas with evidence that the civic learning of undergraduates has been advanced in some direct way:
    • Public advocacy for citizenship preparation, including communication to the internal academic community, scholarship and academic advocacy at the regional and national levels, and communication with the larger community.
    • Accountability for institutional performance through the establishment and use of measures of student learning outcomes, as well as new measures for faculty and staff achievement (including research, publication, and community impact).
    • Faculty and staff development and recruitment of faculty to serve the institution’s civic mission.
    • Curricular improvements, including such examples as general education reform; service learning programs; student research, internships, or study abroad with civic purpose; or integration of community engagement in the curriculum through first year experiences, core courses, major requirements, graduate studies or capstone courses.
    • Curricular and co-curricular community engagement activities through collaboration with student affairs.
    • Creation of or support for effective outreach and community partnerships.
    • External support and funding for citizenship education through fundraising, grants, or awards

Nomination and Selection Process

Chief academic officers may be nominated by anyone on the campus. The president or chancellor must endorse the nomination. The nomination consists of the following: a complete cover sheet, a vitae or resume no longer than five (5) pages; and no more than five (5) additional pages of documentation in the form of a description of the nominee’s achievements, supporting letters, etc. Everything should be contained in a single .pdf document and emailed to Nomination materials for the 2013 Plater Award are due Monday, April 8, 2013.

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