Award Nominations


Introduction

The Office of Economic Engagement underscores the university’s commitment to community engagement. The office is guided by the definition of community engaged activities as those in which you have significant and direct interaction with the community (local, regional/state, national, global) that will allow for the bi-directional exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of collaboration.

Recipients of this year's awards will be recognized for exhibiting best practices in cultivating bi-directional partnerships, developing community-based research, and utilizing community-based learning pedagogies. Winners will be highlighted at the Community Engagement Conversations virtual event – Pursuing Justice in Public Health and Equity through Community Engagement, on March 4, 2021 at 8:30am.

Opportunities to recognize notable contributions to the well-being of our community in three categories are open for nomination.


General Information

Categories:

  • Community Engaged Teaching Award: Recipients will be faculty members who utilize meaningful, high impact, transformational teaching to provide the spark for our undergraduate/graduate students to challenge injustice in our communities and embrace diversity through the use of service learning; or, other community-based learning experiences. Any faculty member be nominated, or apply, for the award.

    Submit a nomination for engaged teaching
  • Community Engaged Research Partnership Award: Recipients will demonstrate how a respectful, bi-directional collaboration makes a positive difference in the community and enhances knowledge. A rich description of the community-based research should include how it might be replicated and stimulate new ways to address social issues. Any faculty member, or community member and/or agency can be nominated, or apply, for the award.

    Submit a nomination for engaged research partnership
  • Community Partner Award: Recipients will demonstrate how they have contributed to the academic growth of our students and/or supported faculty and institutional goals through a project(s) or partnership that promotes public scholarship (community service, service-learning, civic engagement, etc.). Any community member and/or agency can be nominated, or apply, for the award.

    Submit a nomination for community partner award

Award amounts:

Community Engaged Teaching Award: 

$2500 contribution made in the name of the faculty member

Winner will be announced at the community engagement conversations event on March 4, 2021, and have a contribution made in their name to support a.) an undergraduate teaching and/or research assistant in their field; or, b) The Bridge to the Future Fund, which supports students in financial need

Community Engaged Research Partnership Award: 

$2500 contribution made in the name of the faculty member

Winner will be announced at the community engagement conversations event on March 4, 2021, and have a contribution made in their name to support a.) an undergraduate teaching and/or research assistant in their field; or, b) The Bridge to the Future Fund, which supports students in financial need

$2500 for community partner to be used for professional development, or professional supplies

Community Partner Award:

$2500 for community partner to be use for professional development or professional supplies


Application Process and Requirements

A one page narrative outlining the reasons for applying, or nominating someone, for an award should include a brief description of the project, the impact of the partnership on the organization, community, and/or students served, and the ways in which the project exemplifies a bi-directional partnership. 


Timetable of Activities

Applications/nominations will be accepted now through February 12, 2021 to be reviewed by members of the Community Engagement Symposium Planning and Advisory Committees. After award decisions are made winners will be notified and invited to attend the virtual award ceremony during the Community Engagement Conversations event on March 4 at 8:30am.

 

Past Community Engagement Symposium Award Recipients

  • Community Engaged Teaching Award Recipients
    • 2019 - Mr. Josh Knox, clinical associate professor of Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
    • 2018 - Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, and Table of the Saints, EXPO, and the Sojourner Family Peace Center
    • 2017 - Dr. Beth Godbee, assistant professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, and YWCA of Southeast, WI
    • 2016 - Dr. Ruth Ann Belknap, professor emerita, College of Nursing
  • Community Engaged Research Award Recipients
    • 2019 - Dr. Michael Schlappi, professor of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, and Fondy Food Center, and Hmong Farmers
    • 2018 - Dr. Astrida Kaugars, associate professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, and Next Door Foundation
    • 2017 - Dr. Kristin Haglund, professor, College of Nursing, and Proyecto Bembé 
    • 2016 - Dr. Bob Fox, professor emerita of Counselor Education, College of Education, and The Behavior Clinic at Penfield Children’s Center
  • Community Engaged Partner Award Recipients
    • 2019 - Aurora Sinai Medical Center
    • 2018 - United Community Center
    • 2017 - Milwaukee Academy of Science
    • 2016 - Milwaukee Center for Independence