Selection Criteria for The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

Faculty submitted for consideration must meet the following requirements and demonstrate work in line with the selection criteria.


Applicant must be:

  • Affiliated with a Campus Compact member institution
  • A senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career, if not in a tenure-line appointment)

Selection Criteria

I. Evidence of deeply-engaged, high-quality academic work
Demonstrated integration of civic and community engagement in one’s teaching, research, and/or service as appropriate to one’s context and roles (this might include, but is not limited to, teaching undergraduate or graduate service-learning courses, conducting community-based participatory research, developing departmental or institutional engagement programs and curricula, and/or studying the impact of public engagement).

II. Evidence of community collaboration and change
Demonstrated commitment and capacity to develop and sustain reciprocal community partnerships and to contribute to positive change on issues of public concern (examples include ongoing work with community members to design, implement, and improve engagement initiatives, recognition of partners as co-educators, evaluation results that show benefits for communities as well as students, support for multifaceted partnerships focused on particular public issues, and research-based collaborations).

III. Evidence of institutional impact
Demonstrated leadership in developing cultures, programs, and/or policies that promote meaningful engagement on one’s campus, within higher education, or in one’s discipline (through, for example, efforts aimed at redesigning curriculum, enhancing faculty development, recognizing engagement in faculty hiring, tenure, and promotion, or fostering common vision and collaboration across units or institutions).

For a full description of the eligibility requirements and general application components, click here.