Call for Proposals or Nominations

Opportunities to submit proposals or nominations.

UConn Reads calls for suggestions for 2015-2016


For the 2015-2016 academic year, the UConn Reads Steering Committee has selected the following theme: “Race in America.” This particular frame is both provocative and poignant, especially when set adjacent various current events (like Ferguson, Baltimore, and #blacklivesmatter) and situated within the context of several significant anniversaries, which include the fiftieth anniversaries of the March on Selma and the subsequent passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 2015 is also the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which removed – for the first time in U.S. history — race-based, nation-based quotas from immigration law. The committee welcomes your nominations, which can be submitted through the following link by August 1, 2015:

The University of Connecticut’s UConn Reads program has been created to bring together the University community – from students, faculty, and staff to alumni and friends of UConn, as well as citizens of Connecticut – for a far-reaching and engaging dialogue centered on a book suggested by the community.

Anticipating the 2015 Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement

In anticipation of the 2015 Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement, please share this invitation with colleagues in your school and department:

2014 Provost's Awards plaques
2014 Provost’s Award Plaques

The University community is invited to participate in the nomination process for the 2015 Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement. Engaged Scholarship, Community Partnerships and 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 and service programs thereby maximizing the University’s impact on the communities with whom it engages.

There will be six categories for the awards which include:

  • Tenure-track faculty members
  • Non-Tenure track faculty members
  • undergraduate students
  • advanced degree students
  • staff
  • In addition there will be an award dedicated to a person or team who has demonstrated on a longstanding basis the importance and value of Public Engagement to their professional activities as well as that of their colleagues, staff students and partners.

Selected awardees will receive recognition at the Excellence in Public Engagement Reception on a date in late October.

Please consider who of your department colleagues, staff or students should be nominated for these awards. Further information will be available through the Daily Digest and here on the Office of Public Engagement website when the new academic year starts in August.

Call for Data: President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

UConn is again applying to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the “highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic Seal of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Rollengagement” (CNCS). The 2015 Honor Roll will recognize service occurring between July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 in one or more of the following categories: general community service, education, economic development, and interfaith service.

In order to meet the application deadline and capture all of the diverse initiatives at all of UConn campuses, we request that faculty and staff who engage students in service via volunteer projects, federal work-study placements, academic service-learning, and internships/practica to provide data no later than Friday, April 10th.

Faculty and staff can submit their initiatives HERE. Up to 3 initiatives can be highlighted in each on-line submission. This process has changed slightly this year; thank you in advance for your attention to detail.

In preparation for your submission, the primary data points required include:

  • Basic description of your service initiative (title, summary, course number, etc.)
  • # students engaged in this initiative
  • # students engaged in at least 20 hours of community service per semester
  • # hours student participants served in this initiative
  • # faculty/staff members who participated in the initiative
  • # hours faculty/staff members participated in this initiative – curricular and extracurricular activities
  • Quantifiable effects or output of the initiative(s) (e.g. # of individuals served, # of students tutored, # of trees planted, # of houses renovated, # of people provided with free health screenings, etc.).

Additionally, you can upload quality photos that can be used in our application support materials and/or related university communications.

To complete or preview the full survey please go HERE.

Through student, faculty, and staff support last year, UConn was able to report that more than 15,800 UConn students engaged in over 1.4 million hours of service through volunteerism, academic service-learning, and community engagement internships. As a result, UConn received recognition in three of the 2014 Honor Roll’s categories including General Community Service, Education, and Economic Development. UConn received a “With Distinction” honor in the General Community Service category, making this the second time that UConn has received this level of recognition over the past three years.

Thank you for your support in this application. Please let us know if you have any questions about UConn’s application to the Honor Roll or our process.


Julia M. Yakovich                                                                              Christina Honeycutt

Office of Public Engagement                                                       Office of Community Outreach

P: 860.486.4531                                                                                 P: 860-486-1165                                                

IARSLCE Call for Proposals

IARSCLE logoThe International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is pleased to announce that proposals are now being accepted for the 2015 conference in Boston. The conference will take place November 16 – 18, 2015 and is hosted by Northeastern University. Conference program co-chairs are Becca Berkey and Lori Gardinier

The theme of this year’s conference is Revolutionary Scholarship: Innovation of Community Engagement Models.

For more information about the 2015 conference as it becomes available, to view the call, or to submit a proposal, please visit


Nominations Sought for 2015 CT Higher Education Community Service Awards

The Office of Public Engagement and the Office of Community Outreach are seeking nominations for the 2015 Connecticut Higher Education Community Service Awards.

This award program honors students, student groups and faculty/staff who perform exemplary community service. Please take a moment to nominate some outstanding colleagues for their work.

Recipients will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 14, at 3:00 p.m. at the State Capitol, Room 310.

To submit a nomination please complete this form and email it to Christina Honeycutt at by Friday, March 6th.

To learn more about this award please visit the CT Office of Higher Education website.


For more information, contact: Christina Honeycutt at

5th Annual Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference Call for Proposals

Moving Us Forward:

At the intersection of Community Engagement and Collective Impact


ERCC is now accepting proposals for Workshop and Poster Sessions; due date for all proposals is April 7, 2015

As a vital agent of social change, higher education is integral to creating vibrant, healthy communities in out town, cities, regions and our nation. This conference will highlight emerging theory and practice in place-based collective impact initiatives. It provides a forum to showcase the strategic engagement of faculty, students, and the witder higher education community by emphasizing engaged scholarship, cross-sector partnerships and student research.

The goals of this conference are:

  • Demonstrate both innovation and broader impact as outcomes of community
  • Highlight best practives in place-based, issues-driven faculty/student engaged scholarship
  • Advance our understanding of the intersection between community engagement and collective
  • Offer a strong array of pre-conference workshops that advance community engaged practice in higher education


View the Call for Proposals and Submission Guidelines

This conference is co-organized and co-sponsored by Connecticut Campus Compact.

Call for Nominations: 2015 Lynton Award for Early Career Faculty

2015 Lynton Award for the
Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

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 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. (Click here to view instructions for submitting nominations.)

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.

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.

2015 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 publicly engaged teaching, research, and service. To this end, the application provides for the inclusion of the names and affiliations of additional nominators. Further, endorsements from individuals familiar with one or more aspects of the nominee’s work can be included in the supporting documentation of the application.
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 5:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Questions regarding this framework should be addressed to the Lynton Award Coordinator, Dr. 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.

Learn more about the Lynton Award >>

Learn more about NERCHE’s partnership with the Center for Engaged Democracy >>

2015 UConn Innovation Quest Kickoff

The 4th Annual Innovation Quest (iQ) Competition kicks off on Monday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. in Gentry, room 131.

Innovation Quest LogoThe iQ kickoff event on February 16th will feature a team of current students, faculty, and UConn alumni explaining the competition guidelines and instructions on how to enter and win their share of $30,000 in cash prizes and a valued opportunity for an invitation to the summer iQ InQbator. For more information about iQ, students, faculty and staff may search “Innovation Quest- UConn” on Facebook or go to To RSVP for the kickoff event, students should email

The diverse portfolio of submissions over the past three years underscored the fact that ideas and innovation can come anytime, anywhere, and from anyone. Last year, more than 100 Undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. students across all campuses and 35 different academic disciplines, ranging from business and engineering students to others in the liberal arts, geoscience, medicine, pharmacy, media, communications, and the humanities brought creative ideas forward.

The iQ Program was brought to UConn at the encouragement of Keith R. Fox ’80 (Business), a longtime entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist who offered to sponsor the program here at UConn after seeing its success at Cal Poly.

Applications for the John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta now being accepted

Humanity in Action and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. are pleased to announce that applications for the John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta are now open! The program offers American and European university students the opportunity to explore race and civil rights, immigration and Native American issues.

We invite applications from college students and recent graduates who are passionate about active and responsible citizenship, diversity and human rights. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors as well as graduates from the undergraduate classes of 2013 and 2014 are eligible.

The 2015 program will run from July 5 to August 1, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. The deadline to apply for this program is February 14, 2015.

About the John Lewis Fellowship in Atlanta

For the past 17 years, the Humanity in Action Fellowship has brought together international groups of students and young professionals to study human and minority rights in Europe and the United States. In 2015, Humanity in Action is now expanding its fellowship program to Atlanta for the first time. The John Lewis Fellowship will explore the histories and contemporary issues of diversity and minority rights in the United States with a particular focus on Atlanta. Key areas of inquiry include race and racism, immigration, national identity, Native American issues and the relationship between civil rights and human rights.

Fellows will attend discussions with renowned scholars and activists at The Center, visit historical sites and engage in discussions on a range of political and social issues. They will also draw upon the immense resources of the institution and contribute to its extensive and innovative outreach initiatives. Participation requires intellectual curiosity and social maturity, as well as the ability to work collaboratively in international teams. Students from American universities will learn alongside Fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands and Poland.

Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows will join the global network of over 1,400 Humanity in Action Senior Fellows. As Senior Fellows, they are eligible for advanced professional opportunities, such as fellowships in the U.S. Congress and the European Parliament.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us at

Newman Civic Fellows: Accepting Nominations through March 4th

Do you have an outstanding student that deserves to be recognized for their work in service, research and advocacy? The 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.

Colleges and Universities are asked to nominate exceptional students to be considered for this prestigious award. Learn more about the award and process here.

Students must be nominated by the President of their college/university, and only one student from each institution may be nominated.

Please contact the Office of Public Engagement by Friday, February 6th if you have a candidate in mind: or 860-486-4854.