Ernest A. Lynton Award Nominations & Selection Criteria

Campus Compact is now accepting applications for the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement. Applications are due September 30, 2021.
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Eligibility Criteria

Early career faculty only are eligible. 

Nominees for the Lynton Award must be full-time, early career faculty employed at a Campus Compact member institution. (Early career is defined as pre-tenure for those on the faculty track; faculty in contract systems should not be beyond their sixth year at the time of nomination.) Nominations will be accepted from colleagues, community partners, college presidents, provosts, or through self-nomination. Individuals who have been nominated previously may be re-nominated with a new submission.

Selection Criteria

Engaged Scholarship (Weight: 4)

Demonstrates a sustained commitment to connecting teaching, research/ creative activity, and service to community engagement (more than one example of community-engaged work–examples of applied work or service learning alone do not qualify–integration of the dimensions of the faculty role in the context of community-based work; grounding in a theoretical or conceptual framework activities; contextualization of community-based work in terms of social justice in a diverse democracy)

Reciprocity (Weight: 4)

Demonstrates a commitment to working with community members through reciprocal relationships (mutual identification of a public issue or research problem; collaborative development of a methodology to address the issue; asset-based perspective of community partnerships/ members; participation of partners in evaluation and teaching and learning activities; involvement of community partners in institutional organizational structures, such as advisory committees)

Collaboration (Weight: 3)

Evidence of collaboration with students as partners in community-based teaching and learning activities and/or community-based research/creative activity (e.g., activities in which the students’ role as partner in the community-based collaboration is acknowledged and which highlight such things as student expertise, innovation, collaborative and/or leadership skills)

Field Impact (Weight: 3)

Evidence of impacts (current or anticipated) on new forms of knowledge creation, theory and practice (e.g., publications, presentations, or performances addressing the scholarly aspects of community engagement; evidence of how the nominee’s work contributed to a deeper understanding of the concepts and/or practice of community engagement)

Institutional Impact (Weight: 3)

Evidence of impacts (current or anticipated) at the institutional level (e.g., workshops on innovative pedagogical approaches to community engagement; development of model projects or pilot courses based on community engagement that are linked to curricular change; obtaining external funding that supports community engaged teaching, research/creative activity, and service; formal and informal mentoring and consulting; cross-disciplinary community engaged teaching and learning, research/ creativity, and service)

Reflection (Weight: 2)

The quality of the nominee’s reflection on practice


By submitting the application, the nominee agrees to provide a professional photograph if selected, and consents to having their photograph and syllabus posted on the Campus Compact website. You also consent for Campus Compact to forward this information to authorized members of the Selection Committee for review.

Applications may be initiated by a NOMINATOR or NOMINEE. Nominations can be made by academic colleagues, administrators, students and community partners. In cases where multiple individuals wish to contribute to 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. Endorsements from individuals familiar with one or more aspects of the nominee’s work can be included in the supporting documentation.

Questions regarding the application process should be addressed to Julie Plaut, the Swearer Center’s Director of Faculty Engagement and Research, by email at (subject line: “Lynton Award Help”) or by phone at (401) 863-6282.

Nomination Application Form

  • Nominee’s contact information, bio, & demographic information.
  • Nominator’s contact & demographic information
  • Contact Information for Nominee, Nominator, President, Provost, Dean and Department Chair.
  • Nominee’s CV or resume.
  • Nominee’s Community Engagement Form (Nominee is asked to respond to specific questions about their engaged work.)
  • At least one but no more than three syllabi, if available.
  • Supporting documentation (for example, letters of support from community partners or students, press releases, faculty web sites, abstracts from grant proposals).
    •  Supporting documents should not exceed 10 pages. We do not accept links to websites. Instead, nominees should copy and paste materials from websites and include that information as part of the Supporting Documentation file.
  • Applicants will be asked to provide a headshot photograph and, if selected, consent to having their photo and syllabus posted on the Campus Compact website. Campus Compact will publish the winner’s submitted syllabus on the Compact website to showcase the work as a fine example of integrating civic engagement and higher education.

Please note: Applicants who submit Lynton Award nominations incorrectly or without required information (such as syllabi or supporting documentation) will have a maximum of 24 hours to correct errors or omissions.

For the 2021 Lynton Award:

  • The online application form opened on May 15, 2021. Apply here
  • The nomination deadline will be September 15, 2021
  • The 2020 recipient & finalists will be announced in late 2021