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Kansas State University Excellence in Engagement Award

Established in 2011 by the Office of Provost, the Kansas State University Excellence in Engagement awards are given to highlight excellence in engaged scholarship (via research, teaching, and/or outreach).  These awards recognize KSRE and campus faculty initiatives that demonstrate innovative and/or sustained efforts in university/community engagement positively impacting both university and community partners. 

By engagement, we mean:

"A form of research, teaching or service in which collaborative efforts between university and community stakeholders result in scholarly activity and community benefit around a public issue."

Application Opens: December 1, 2014

Submission Materials Due: February 1, 2015

Approximate Announcement Date: February 15, 2015

Number of Awards: Two

Eligibility: Any campus faculty, professional staff, and/or Extension professional. Awards may go to an individual or a partnership team.           

Criteria for the K-State Excellence in Engagement Award

1. The engaged scholarship benefits the lives of individuals, families, communities, and/or society as well as positively impacting university faculty and students;

2. The engaged scholarship is created and sustained through mutual collaboration between university faculty and external communities;

3. The scholarship is communicated through scholarly publication, academic presentation, public scholarship, and/or community presentation; and

4. The engaged scholarship creates or applies disciplinary knowledge.           

Application Portfolio (three pages maximum)
Project Title:           

Abstract: Summarize the engaged scholarship (via research, teaching, or outreach) and engaged partnership.  Describe the significant societal issue addressed and benefits resulting from that partnership.

The Partnership: Detail the campus and community partners.  Describe the length of this partnership. Offer examples of how campus and community partners have worked together and roles each have played.  Describe ways in which students have been involved.

Lessons Learned and Best Practices: Describe the challenges the university and community partners have faced through this collaboration. Describe how these challenges were addressed and overcome.  What benefits or impacts have emerged from this partnership for the university and the community?  What knowledge or intellectual property has been created from this engaged work?

Endorsement: Two letters of endorsement are required.  Each application must include a letter of endorsement from a dean, department head, or director who is familiar with and supportive of the engaged project.  A second letter must come from a community partner.

Submit Nomination Application Online to:
cecd@k-state.edu
In subject line, note this is for “Kansas State University Excellence in Engagement Award.”           

Recognition

1. A plaque and $2,500 presented to each winning engagement partnership.

2. Awards will be presented and recognized at the university’s spring engagement celebration.

3. Winners of the Kansas State University Excellence in Engagement Award will be showcased in university news stories throughout the year.           

4. The award winners will be highlighted as one of Kansas State University Signature Partnerships.           

Winners will automatically be considered for the national APLU C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Award and Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award.            

Review Process

A review panel of engaged campus and community representatives will review the application portfolios based on the criteria listed above.