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Chancellor’s Awards Criteria for Nominations

Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service 2021-2022

Award Information

The Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service honor individuals and groups for their exceptional commitment to advancing social change through public service, a pillar of the university’s public mission. Annually, thousands of students, staff, and faculty devote hundreds of thousands of hours to direct service to the community, and even more hours to research and partnerships that serve the public interest. If awarded, recipient will serve as a representative of the university (including the Chancellor) at the event and in media. These awards will be presented at the annual Chancellor’s Awards for Public Service ceremony.

Award Criteria

  • An important need outside of campus is being addressed.
  • The service has a positive, meaningful impact on the individuals and/or community served.
  • The person/partners demonstrate(s) meaningful, deep commitment to this issue area and the community they are serving.
  • Sufficient information is provided in the nomination to get a sense of the individual’s or program’s accomplishments. The committee will not review material outside the nomination, including links to articles or websites. Instead, please summarize any important points from these external sources.
  • The nominator has provided all required information and submitted on time.
  • Please note: Award recipients are NOT considered differently based on number of nominations and the selection is not based on number of nominations for an individual. If multiple parties are considering nominating the same person, please submit ONE succinct nomination form from all parties. Last year’s winners are not eligible.

Award Descriptions & Nomination Prompts

Civic Engagement Award: Undergraduate/Graduate Students, Student Group & Staff
The Civic Engagement Award recognizes an individual undergraduate student, graduate student, student group or staff for their contributions to the community. For staff nominations, please note that awards are given for contributions to the public good *outside* the scope of the individual’s campus role. The Mather Good Citizen Award recipient is chosen from these undergraduate nominees.

The following information overviews the content nominators will be asked to complete on the nomination form:

  1. Describe the community being served by the nominee/the nominee’s work. What is the need or social issue the nominee’s service addresses?
  2. What work is the nominee doing to address this issue and to support this community? Why is the issue important to them? How have they demonstrated meaningful commitment to this work and community? (The strongest responses will answer all three questions.)
  3. Describe the impact of the nominee’s public service and how the community benefits.
  4. Has the nominee received other awards for their public service work? If yes, please specify.

Faculty Awards

The Research in the Public Interest Award recognizes faculty members for research that addresses critical issues affecting our local, state, national, or global communities.

The Community Engaged Teaching Award recognizes faculty leadership in developing or teaching community-based courses, or in engaging students in community-based research.

The following information overviews the content nominators will be asked to complete on the nomination form:

  1. Describe the community being served by the nominee/the nominee’s work. What is the need or social issue the nominee’s service addresses?
  2. What work is the nominee doing to address this issue and to support this community? Why is the issue important to them? How have they demonstrated meaningful commitment to this work and community? (The strongest responses will answer all three questions.)
  3. Describe the impact of the nominee’s public service and how the community benefits.
  4. Has the nominee received other awards for their public service work? If yes, please specify.

Campus-Community Partnership Award

The Campus-Community Partnership Award recognizes campus-community partnerships and University-sponsored programs that improve the quality of life in our community. Nominated programs/partnerships should demonstrate:

…meaningful involvement by various segments of the campus (students, faculty, and/or staff).
…their efforts have a positive, meaningful impact on the individuals and/or community served.
…a true partnership, as shown in the campus and community partners’ participation and meaningful roles.
…financial, in-kind, and volunteer contributions made by each partner, as appropriate.

The following information overviews the content nominators will be asked to complete on the nomination form:

  1. List of campus departments/individuals and community organizations/individuals that are key partners in the program (Name, Title, Organization/Department, Email)
  2. Describe the community being served by the partnership. What is the need or social issue the partnership’s work is addressing?
  3. What work is the partnership doing to address this issue and to support this community? Why is the issue important to them? How have they demonstrated meaningful commitment to this work and community? (The strongest responses will answer all three questions.)
  4. Describe the impact of the partnership’s efforts and how the community benefits.
  5. What are the roles played by each partner and the financial, in-kind, and volunteer contributions made by each?
  6. Has the partnership or program received other awards for their public service work? If yes, please specify.

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