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National Award Opportunities

There are opportunities for faculty recognition for the work you are doing in community engagement. We remind faculty about upcoming awards through the CSL Newsletter. You may subscribe and unsubscribe at any time.


Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) each year. Honorees are recognized for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.

Deadline for nominations is usually in May each year.


Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. This award is available to early career faculty (pre-tenure or early career at institutions with renewable contracts). The award is presented by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), University of Massachusetts Boston.

Deadline for nominations is usually in April each year.

KU Professor is 2014 Lynton Award Recipient

Dr. Jomella Watson-Thompson

Associate Professor
Applied Behavioral Science

Read about her award-winning work




One student is honored for showing civic commitment, community awareness, and positive community impact through service learning, as well as the academic impact and personal development through service learning.

Recipients receive $500 Award




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.

Newman Civic Fellows are recommended to Campus Compact by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership.

Go to the Newman Civic Fellowship page to nominate a student.


The Service Showcase is an opportunity for students to share their service projects and experiences with the University community and Lawrence community partners. Awards are given to the top three posters. All KU students are invited to submit proposals!

This event is held in conjunction with the Service Celebration event held every April.



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