Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement Criteria and Application

The University community is invited to participate in the nomination process for the 2017 Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement.  Engaged Scholarship, Community Partnerships Service Learning and other forms of Community-Based Learning combine to form Public Engagement; an essential component of the land-grant mission of the University of Connecticut.

This event and the awards are a celebration and recognition of the work of our faculty, staff and students who successfully integrate public engagement into their academic, research, service learning initiatives and service programs thereby maximizing the University’s impact on the communities with whom it engages by co-creating a culture of planetary well-being through civic action.

There are seven nomination categories sought which include:

  • Tenure-track faculty members,
  • Non-Tenure track faculty members,
  • Undergraduate students
  • Full Time Staff
  • Advanced degree students
  • Team
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Selected awardees will receive recognition at the Excellence in Public Engagement Reception on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017.

Nominations may include self-nominations and are due to the Office of Public Engagement Monday, October 2, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY

Faculty, all full time staff and students whose work demonstrates the spirit and ideals of UConn’s Office of Public Engagement through efforts to develop scholarship, programs and partnerships that are Relevant, Reciprocal and Responsible are eligible.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF FACULTY, STAFF, TEAM/GROUP INITIATIVES and LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

The selection committee will evaluate the nominations on the degree to which the nominees meet the following criteria in performing public engagement:

  • Disseminated evidence of scholarship/research.
  • Sustained leadership in working with the public and/or with external organizations.
  • Relevance to the University’s Academic Plan and the need of the external partner(s).
  • Reciprocal nature of the nomination with respect to the University and the external partner(s).
  • Evidence of the sustained impact on a target audience.

The Lifetime Achievement award will be awarded, after review of all nominations, to a dedicated individual who has demonstrated, throughout their career, the importance and value of Public Engagement to their professional activities as well as to their colleagues, staff, students and partners.
 

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF CURRENTLY ENROLLED Undergraduate and Advanced Degree STUDENTS

The selection committee will evaluate the nominations on the degree to which the nominees meet the following criteria in performing public engagement:

  • Disseminated evidence of scholarship/research.
  • Sustained leadership responsibilities that have progressively increased over time
  • Relevance to the University’s Academic Plan and the need of the external partner(s).
  • Demonstrated academic, intellectual, or professional development as a result of the experience.
  • Currently enrolled in the University.

 

NOMINATION PROCEDURES

Any employee or unit of the University of Connecticut, including regional campuses, or members of the public working with the nominee, can nominate individuals/teams. Self-nominations are also accepted. All nominations and accompanying documentation should be submitted through the Office of Public Engagement website before 5 p.m. Monday, October 2, 2017.

Nomination applications should include the following:

  • A narrative (between 500 and 1000 words) describing how the nominee fulfills the stated criteria. The narrative should include: descriptions of specific activities or programs in which the candidate has excelled, comments on the importance of the individual’s work to the university, and indicators of the impact of the activities on the external constituent(s) as well as on the University.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae or resume.
  • A letter of support from the nominee’s Department Head or Director or Supervisor, whichever is most appropriate.  For alumni, the letter of support may come from any source.
  • Upon being selected and notified as an award recipient, each person or program will be asked to create a poster for presentation at the Excellence in Public Engagement Awards Reception. Award winners may also submit a photo of a related engagement activity. These photos may be used in the program publicity and the OPE website.

SELECTION COMMITTEE

The Office of the Public Engagement will appoint the selection committee.


AWARDS NOMINATION PROCESS SCHEDULE

October 2 – Nominations may be submitted before 5 p.m. through the Office of Public Engagement Website.

October 27 – Award recipients (as well as their nominator and Department Head, Dean, and/or Director) will be notified. Award recipients, upon notification, will be requested to create an electronic version of a poster to be produces by OPE. They are also invited to submit a poster of related engagement activities. These photos may be used in the program publicity and on the OPE website.  Invitations for the Award Ceremony will be sent out to the University community, with RSVPs requested.

November 1st, 2017 – Posters (e-versions) from award recipients are due to the Office of Public Engagement.

November 14th, 2017 – Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement Ceremony and Reception.

Posters will be on display in the reception area throughout the event.

Please contact the Office of Public Engagement at engagement@uconn.edu with any questions.

2017 Provost Award Application

2017 Provost Award for Excellence in Public Engagement

Nomination Cover Sheet
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  • Letter can be from the nominee’s Department Head or Director or Supervisor, whichever is most appropriate. For alumni, the letter of support may come from any source.