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

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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: http://www.nerche.org.

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 lyntonaward@merrimack.edu (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 warde@merrimack.edu.

Society for Values in Higher Education: Call for Papers

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The Society for Values in Higher Education invites all faculty, staff, and students associated with the American Democracy Project to our 91st annual meeting at Western Kentucky University. The meeting will be July 22-25, 2015.

Our theme this year is Working Together? Collaboration and the Future of Higher Education. We are looking for insightful, innovative, and constructive proposals (either individual papers or panel presentations) to our Call for Papers.

The Annual Meeting of SVHE is a discussion-focused event that builds time for collaborative conversation. To learn more about our meeting, visit us at http://www.svhe.org/upcomingmeeting.html.

If you have any questions or want further information, contact Eric Bain-Selbo at bain-selbo@svhe.org. The Call for Papers can be accessed at http://www.svhe.org/papers.html. Proposals are due April 15.

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.

Announcing the Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge

The Franklin Project, the National Conference on Citizenship and the Corporation for National & Community Service announced the Service Year + Higher Ed Challenge on January 15, 2015.

The effort challenges higher education institutions to create innovative new service year opportunities connected to academic credit for their students. All post-secondary education institutions are welcome to apply by March 6th and compete for $100,000 in prizes.The top three finalists in each category (public universities, private universities, and community colleges) will receive a stipend to travel to the Aspen Institute’s headquarters in Washington, DC, on April 15th to pitch their ideas in-person to a distinguished panel of judges, higher education, and national service experts and potential donors. Generous support from the Lumina Foundation has made the prize possible.

For more information, including how to apply, please visit SYchallenge.org. Two Q&A conference calls will also be held on February 19th and 26th – please register on the About page if interested.

Download the flyer here.

Professional Development Opportunity: Summer Institute of Civic Studies

The Summer Institute of Civic Studies has announced its dates for 2015. The seventh annual Institute will take place at on Tuft University’s campus in Medford, Mass., June 15-27, 2015.  Peter Levine, Tisch College (Mass.), and Karol Soltan, University of Maryland, have organized this year’s institute, which will feature guest seminars and group discussions centered on the following questions:

  • What kinds of citizens (if any) do good regimes need?
  • What should citizens know, believe and do?
  • What practices and institutional structures promote the right kinds of citizenship?
  • What ought to be the relationships among empirical evidence, ethics and strategy?

This institute is open to advanced graduate students, faculty and practitioners from diverse fields. While the Institute itself is free, attendees are responsible for the cost of housing. Following the Institute, participants are expected to attend the public conference, “Frontiers of Democracy.” If interested, please apply by March 15, 2015. Learn more here.


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