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community engagement awards

The Council on Community-Based Partnerships recognizes outstanding achievements in engagement scholarship. Students, faculty, staff and their community partners are honored for excellence in community-based research.

The winning projects range from health care to international education, from cultural understanding to science and technology, and from art and literature to the special needs of various populations. To receive these awards, the recipients must be nominated by associates and peers.

Nominations are sought in two categories:
Distinguished Community-Engaged Scholar Awards & Outstanding Engagement Effort Awards

Distinguished Community-Engaged Scholar Awards
Categories: Faculty | Staff | Student | Community Partner

Nominations for this category should demonstrate an individual’s record of sustained, distinguished, and superb achievement in public service and engagement in community-based partnership efforts that have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Alabama over an extended period of time. This award recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond in support of one or more community-based partnership projects or whose work demonstrates superior understanding, appreciation, and support of community-based partnership efforts. Nominees whose work has been published and/or presented at major conferences will be given preference.

Outstanding Efforts in Community-Engagement Awards
Subcategories: Faculty or Staff | Student | Community Partner

Nominations for this award should demonstrate how the investigator considered needs, provided unique activity involving the community and the University in collaborative efforts, and how they built capacity within communities rather than merely provided a one-time service. Nominations should demonstrate how the principles of relevance, reciprocity, research, and resilience are applied to their community engaged scholarship activities.

Nominations for this award should demonstrate how the individual or group promotes civic learning and/or democratic engagement. Initiatives and projects in this area should develop civic capacity of students and/or community members through the promotion of civic values, civic knowledge, civic skills, and civic action, which are all necessary for thriving community and democratic society.

Nominations for this award should demonstrate how the educator practices community engaged teaching and learning by going beyond classroom experiences to connect theory and practice for students, collaborating with communities to design, implement and evaluate research solutions to solve problems, and enabling students to reflect critically on their experiences while investing in their own education.

Applications are now closed!

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All nominations and submissions are due by 11:59pm on Friday, February 23, 2024.

For questions regarding submissions, please contact Community Affairs at or (205) 348-8376.