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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.

Eligibility
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 hyers@aacu.org or 202.387.3760 with any questions.

Announcing the 2015 ADP Civic Engagement Award Recipients

AASCU’s ADP Honors Leaders with Awards for Civic Engagement at 2015 National Meeting

The 2015 AASCU/ADP Plater, Saltmarsh, and Burch award recipients: Michael Vaughan, Provost of Weber State University (Utah); Adam Bush, Provost of College Unbound; and Patrick Dolenc, Professor of Economics at Keene State College (N.H.), respectively

The 2015 AASCU/ADP Plater, Saltmarsh, and Burch award recipients: Michael Vaughan, Provost of Weber State University (Utah); Adam Bush, Provost of College Unbound; and Patrick Dolenc, Professor of Economics at Keene State College (N.H.), respectively

New Orleans, La.—The American Democracy Project (ADP), an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), honored four outstanding leaders in civic engagement today during the 2015 ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in New Orleans, La. Three ADP awards were presented: The Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement; The William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement; and The John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement.

“We’re thrilled to honor these outstanding individuals whose work represents the richness of civic learning and democratic engagement taking place on our campuses and in our communities,” says Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, director of AASCU’s American Democracy Project. “The 2015 civic engagement award recipients’ work reflects the efforts needed to ensure that we in higher education are preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy.”

The Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement was established in 2014 to honor exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students and advancing the work of AASCU’s American Democracy Project. Patrick Dolenc, the 2015 recipient of this award, is a professor of economics at Keene State College (N.H.). Dolenc has been engaged in ADP at both the campus and national level, and has successfully integrated civic learning and democratic engagement into his courses and broader work. Dolenc is the faculty chair of the AASCU Economic Inequality Scholars and played an essential role in establishing the new ADP/TDC Economic Inequality Initiative lead by teams from Keene State College and Mount Wachusett Community College (Mass.). The award’s namesake, Barbara Burch, provided extraordinary national leadership in the design, creation and ongoing development of the American Democracy Project.

Michael Vaughan, this year’s recipient of the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement, is provost and vice president of academic affairs at Weber State University (Utah). Vaughan’s substantial and longstanding focus on civic engagement includes the establishment of a campus civic engagement center in 2004, which he has since expanded to include the larger Ogden, Utah community. Under Vaughan’s leadership, Weber State University fostered extensive curricular requirements around civic engagement and supported community-engaged scholars. He and Weber State have been consistently involved in ADP, both on campus and nationally. The award is named after William M. Plater, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis’ (IUPUI) chief academic officer from 1987 through 2006. During his term at IUPUI, Plater oversaw the development of civic engagement as an integral part of the campus mission and as a defining characteristic of its graduates.

Lane Perry, also a 2015 Saltmarsh Award awardee, is Director of Service-Learning at Western Carolina University (N.C.)

Lane Perry, Director of Service-Learning at Western Carolina University is also a 2015 Saltmarsh Award awardee.

The John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement was awarded this year to two recipients, Adam Bush and Lane Graves Perry. Bush is the chief academic officer of College Unbound and serves on the board of Imagining America, an ADP partner organization. Perry is director of service-learning at Western Carolina University (N.C.), where he is also an affiliate faculty member in the department of human services. “Both recipients are engaged in path-breaking civic engagement work that advances the deeply democratic purposes of higher education. We want to encourage more emerging leaders with their example,” says John Saltmarsh. The award was created in honor of John Saltmarsh, co-director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston, as a tribute to his dedication to nurturing the next generation of civic leaders.

The 2015 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference was originally hosted by AASCU’s ADP as the American Democracy Project National Meeting.  Going forward, ADP and its partner organization for community college civic engagement, The Democracy Commitment, teamed up with NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education to strengthen and deepen the civic learning and engagement work that these associations are all committed to across their institutions—both public and private. Fostering academic and student affairs partnerships and collaborations across individual campuses, initiatives and associations is imperative to this mutual goal.

 

Student Spotlight: Campus Compact’s 2015 Newman Civic Fellows

Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Through service, research, and advocacy, Newman Civic Fellows are making the most of their college experiences to better understand themselves, the root causes of social issues, and effective mechanisms for creating lasting change. These students represent the next generation of public problem solvers and civic leaders. They serve as national examples of the role that higher education can—and does—play in building a better world.  The Newman Civic Fellows Awards are made possible through the generous support of the KPMG Foundation.

Congratulations to the following 46 students from AASCU/ADP colleges and universities who have been named Newman Civic Fellows for 2015 by Campus Compact! You may click on each name to read a description of their accomplishments.

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