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NERCHE’s 2015 Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty: Call for Nominations


Call for Nominations:
2015 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

2015 Lynton Award Application Instructions

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 full-time 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-engaged 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 21st Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), “A Love of Place: The Metropolitan Advantage,” which will be held from October 11-13, 2015, in Omaha, Nebraska.  CUMU is a co-sponsor of the Award.

The 2015 award recipient will also be honored at the annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement, which will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  For information and updates about this event, please visit NERCHE’s website:

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.

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 community-engaged teaching, research, and service. To this end, the application provides for the inclusion of the names and affiliations of additional nominators (see Section Three of this document). Further, endorsements from individuals familiar with one or more aspects of the nominee’s work can be included in the supporting documentation (see Section I.D.).
  • 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 15, 2015, at 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Frequently asked questions about the Lynton Award are answered here. If you have other questions, please contact the Lynton Award Coordinator, 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) 837-4676.

To learn more about the Lynton Award, click here.

* Award sponsors understand that there may be slight variations in contract systems specific to certain institutions; therefore, we encourage applicants who have questions about eligibility to contact us at

Nominations for Three ADP National Awards Due April 13, 2015

Nominations for ADP’s three national civic engagement awards are due Monday, April 13, 2015.

Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement

Willam M. Plater

Willam M. Plater

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.

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 4-6, 2015 in New Orleans, La..  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 2015 Plater Award must be submitted electronically by April 13, 2015.

Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement

John Saltmarsh

John Saltmarsh

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 or ADP Partner organization. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative and a check for $500. The Award recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 4-6, 2015 in New Orleans, La.

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 2015 Saltmarsh Award must be submitted electronically by April 13, 2015. 

Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement

Barbara Burch

Barbara Burch

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. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative and a check for $500. The Award recipient will be announced at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project, June 4-6, 2015 in New Orleans, La.

Nomination and Selection Process: Senior Faculty members may be nominated by anyone. The provost or chief academic officer must endorse the nomination.
Nomination materials for the 2015 Burch Award must be submitted electronically by April 13, 2015. 

Learn the Value of Institutional Impact Reports in a Free Webinar with Lyon Software

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Join us for a free webinar about Institutional Impact Reports on Wednesday, March 11 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern.
Register here!

As a non-profit college or university, telling the story of your institution’s community involvement is crucial. Are you currently collecting the information you need to create your institutional impact report?

Institutional impact reports are a way for colleges and universities to share all of the steps they are taking to improve their local communities. Impact reports allow colleges and universities to show the bigger picture of what their institution is doing to serve their community, how their activities align with their mission, and validate their not-for-profit status. As stewards of place or anchor institutions, colleges and universities have the responsibility of being good stewards of their resources. Impact reports provide a way of demonstrating to students, staff members, and the community, that you are using your resources wisely. Show your community how you are making an impact!

If you are interested in learning more about the value of institutional impact reports and how your school may benefit from tracking your service-learning and community engagement information join our webinar! On March 11th at 2 p.m. Eastern we will be hosting an informational webinar on institutional impact reports and an opportunity to partner with Lyon Software. The webinar will walk viewers through some of the basic benefits and advantages of impact reporting. Join us to learn how institutional impact reports can help you see how your current service-learning and community engagement activities align with the culture and values of your institution. See how other anchor institutions are providing community members with the bigger picture of how they are serving the community and showing how they are living out their mission.

Unsure of what to include on your institutional impact report or where to start? We will also be highlighting some of the key components needed to create an institutional impact report. Lyon Software will provide webinar viewers with a summary of the details often included in an institutional impact report as well as some sample reports. Find out how to help your community see the big picture and show them what you are doing to make your area a smarter, safer and better place to live, learn and work.

Webinar viewers will also be among the first to hear about Lyon Software’s AASCU User Group Opportunity. During this year’s Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting Lyon Software will be extending an offer to AASCU member institutions (including ADP and TDC campuses) allowing them to join a user group for their software CBISA Plus. CBISA Plus is a planning, managing, and tracking tool higher education institutions can utilize in creating their institutional impact reports. AASCU CBISA User Group members will receive their CBISA Software subscriptions at a discounted price and have the opportunity to work closely with Lyon Software. User group members will have full access to all of the newest benefits and features of the premiere package, CBISA Plus. AASCU members wishing to join the CBISA user group will be among the first to provide feedback on the new Community Needs and Goals modules. Lyon Software is very excited to team up with AASCU and hear the insight user group members will be able to provide!

Click here to learn more about CBISA Plus for Higher Education. You can also contact Crystal Randolph at or at 419.882.7184 for additional information.

Sign up for the Institutional Impact Report Webinar here. Webinar is from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

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Volunteering and Civic Life in America data

The National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the U.S. Census Bureau, recently released new Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) data for 2013.

While some key indicators remain high, 16 of the 20 civic health indicators dropped compared to our most recent data collected in 2011 and 2012. Below are some of the central findings:

  • Confidence in corporations increased with 64.5% reporting they have some or a great deal of confidence, up 2.5 points from 62% in 2011.
  • 25.4% or 62 million Americans volunteered a total of 7.7 billion hours compared to 26.5% in 2012.
  • 55.8% of Americans trust most or all of the people in their neighborhood and 12.1% of Americans exchanged favors for neighbors frequently. Both decreased by .9 and 1.9 points respectively since 2011.
  • More than a third of Americans (36.3%) are involved in a school, civic, recreational, religious, or other organization, down 3 points from 2011.
  • Americans who hear from family or friends frequently saw the third biggest drop at 3.3 points since 2011.
  • Americans reporting that they had some or a great deal of confidence in the media had the biggest drop of 7 points from 62% to 55%.

Overall, the data shows Americans continue to volunteer and engage in their communities at high rates. While the data is only from two years, we should be vigilant about the challenges facing America’s civc health.

To overcome these challenges, we must all redouble our efforts in our personal and professional lives. At NCoC, we are building the Service Year exchange (SYx) to unite Americans through service and supporting our partners through the Civic Health Initiative. Learn more about these efforts and join us. Together, we can strengthen civic life in America.

Frontiers of Democracy 2015

The Tuft University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service (Mass.) will be hosting the Frontiers of Democracy in Boston, Mass., this year. The conference will take place June 25-27, 2015.

Each year Frontiers of Democracy focuses on how to improve citizens’ engagement with their government, communities and the people around them. This year, specific topics include deliberative democracy, civil and human rights, social justice, community organizing and development, civic learning and political engagement, the role of higher education in democracy, Civic Studies, media reform and citizen media production, civic technology, civic environmentalism and common pool resource management.

While the main focus of the conference is interactive discussion, Frontiers will feature short talks from Harry Boyte (Center for Democracy and Citizenship), Hahrie Han (Wellesley College), Diana Hess (Spencer Foundation), Caroline Lee (Lafayette College), Ajume Wingo (University of Colorado) and Brenda Wright (Demos).

To learn more about Frontiers of Democracy 2015 and read about last year’s conference click here.

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