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The Washington Center’s 2015 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards Recipients


The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent nonprofit educational organization and ADP partner organization, proudly celebrates the recipients of the 2015 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards.  The award recognizes institutions that are achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through sustained and mutually transformational partnerships that define and address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global.

This year’s five honorees include two ADP/AASCU member campuses:  Rutgers University-Camden (N.J.) and Weber State University (Utah).  The awards were presented on Monday, October 5th at The Washington Center’s annual Awards Luncheon at the National Press Club.

The 2015 New York Life Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards are sponsored by the New York Life Foundation.  The five winners receive $20,000 in scholarship funding to help their students participate in The Washington Center’s Academic Internship Program in the nation’s capital during the following year.

NERCHE Announces 2015 Lynton Award Finalists


NERCHE and the Center for Engaged Democracy at Merrimack College are delighted to announce the selection of eight finalists for the 2015 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:

  • Eric DeMeulenaere, Education Department, Clark University
  • Robert Glover, Department of Political Science and Honors College, University of Maine
  • Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Sociology; Institute for the Study of Latin America & the Caribbean, University of South Florida
  • Rebecca Shlafer, Pediatrics; Developmental Child Psychology, University of Minnesota
  • Shannon Sparks, Civic Society and Community Studies and American Indian Studies Program, Applied Medical Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Linda Sprague Martinez, Macro Practice Department, Social Work, Public Health, Boston University School of Social Work
  • Mara Tieken, Education, Bates College
  • Alma Trinidad, School of Social Work, Portland State University

To learn more about each finalist, visit the NERCHE or CED website.

The Award recipient will be announced in early August 2015, and the Award will be presented at the 4th Annual Lynton Colloquium on the Scholarship of Engagement on November 14, 2015, at the University of Massachusetts Boston. (Register for the Lynton Colloquium here.)

NERCHE and the Center for Engaged Democracy would like to thank the Lynton Award finalists, as well as all of the nominees, for their commitment to connecting their teaching, research/creative activity, and service to community engagement in the context of social justice and for pushing the boundaries of faculty work in fundamentally new directions.

To learn more about the Lynton Award, click here. For additional information about the Lynton Colloquium, please visit the NERCHE or CED websites.

What’s New with ADP? Summer 2015 Edition

by American Democracy Project on July 30, 2015




What We’re Reading 

  • Wilderness and the Common Good-A New Ethic of Citizenship
    University of Wisconsin La Crosse political science faculty member Jo Arney has a new book out — Wilderness and the Common Good: A New Ethic of Citizenship (Fulcrum, 2015). Arney is one of the ADP faculty members leading our Stewardship of Public Lands 2015 faculty seminar as well as curating the emerging Stewardship of Public Lands AASCU National Blended Course. Read more here.
  • New Report on the Health of State Democracies
    The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report about the health of state democracies.  At a panel discussion in early July, Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-VA), former state senator Nina Turner (D-OH), political/election law attorney Dara Lindenbaum, and Senator Richard Katz (R-ME) shared their thoughts about the topic with moderator Michele Jawando of CAP. Read more here.

#CLDE15 Meeting in Review: Leveraging Academic and Student Affairs Partnerships to Advance Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement
Our recent 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting in New Orleans, La. brought together a collection of faculty, students, administrators, community partners and representatives from our national sponsor and partner organizations committed to advancing civic learning and democratic engagement through higher education. Collectively, we considered one of higher education’s civic missions: to act as stewards of the communities they inhabit as well as to prepare students to be stewards of their present and future communities. Read more here.

Examining Economic Inequality at SUNY Cortland
In June, SUNY Cortland, one of 30 campuses participating in our ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative, launched a monthly series of lunchtime talks addressing issues of economic inequality. The goal of the initiative is to bring together the area’s campus and community members to study the relationships between economic inequality, public policy, business opportunity, social mobility and civic engagement. Members discuss issues that include student loan debt, a livable hourly wage, and poverty. Read more here.

AASCU Policy Publication: Partnering for Prosperity
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is pleased to present Partnering for Prosperity: Advancing the Institutional and State Agenda Through an Effective Collegiate State Relations Program. The report reflects AASCU’s longstanding efforts in fostering optimal state relations and state policy enabling America’s public colleges and universities to fully serve the public good. Read more here.

Partners & Friends



August 1-6:  ADP’s 2015 Stewardship of Public Lands Faculty Seminar in Yellowstone
September 17:  Constitution Day
September 22:  National Voter Registration Day
November 3:  Election Day

Call for Nominations | AACU’s K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award

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

Deadline for receipt of materials: October 1, 2015

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 2016.)

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, 2015. 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 2016 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC, January 20-23, 2016. 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 2015, and recognized at AAC&U’s Annual Meeting in January.

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


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