​Award for Excellence | Faculty Outreach Award

Program Contact - Chair, Outreach Award Committee outreach.award@auburn.edu​

The Auburn University Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach honors the engagement of exemplary faculty members and demonstrates the tremendous impact Auburn’s outreach has on our community, state, nation, and beyond. This award, and a $5,000 honorarium, will be presented annually to one Auburn faculty member for distinguished outreach contributions which exemplify the qualities and purposes of reciprocal and beneficial community engagement, and which exceed expectations for the person’s career stage and job responsibilities. Nominations will be reviewed by a peer committee.

Criteria: Nominees should have distinguished careers in which outreach and community engagement play an integral part. All full-time Auburn faculty including those with extension appointments are eligible. Activities to be considered for this award should exemplify engagement characterized by collaboration, reciprocity and mutuality, in fulfillment of the University Faculty Handbook (Chapter 3) definition of outreach as “the function of applying academic expertise to the direct benefit of external audiences in support of university and unit missions.” Specific criteria address the characteristics of the engagement within a community, needs addressed, mission compatibility, scholarship generated, and impact documented as defined below.

Application Process

The nomination packet should provide a commentary describing the scholarship involved in the outreach engagement achievements cited. Specifically, the commentary should include the following topics:

  • Description: Provide a brief overview of the nominee’s outreach record describing the scope of the nominee’s direct engagement within the community served including citations of collaboration, needs addressed, objectives, methods, target audience, etc.
  • Mission: How is the nominee’s outreach compatible with university and unit missions? How does this engagement integrate with and complement the teaching, research, and outreach mission of the unit?
  • Scholarship: Describe the role of the nominee’s professional expertise in the design and execution of the outreach. Describe how the outreach engagement demonstrates or tests the applicability of the nominee’s discipline to societal/human problems, requires integration with other disciplines, and/or generates new knowledge for the discipline. How has this been communicated to broader audiences? Has this led to increased recognition of the nominee’s professional expertise, as well as Auburn’s reputation as an engaged university?
  • Impact: Describe observed impacts and/or explain an unobserved impacts that can be expected based upon other research and theory. Identify direct and indirect beneficiaries. How has the outreach engagement benefited the community, the university, the nominee’s department, and discipline? Provide any quantitative statements (program data, comparative indices, economic impact, etc.) illustrating impact.

Submission of Nominations: The nomination packet should include the following materials:

  1. A single letter of nomination that includes a commentary as outlined above and illustrates generally the academic record and reputation of the individual (limit to five pages, single spaced).
  2. The nominee’s vitae, with outreach sections and relevant engaged scholarship highlighted.
  3. Letter of support from nominee’s department heads and/or dean, and a letter of support from a primary community partner, both addressing their support for the nominee and describing the overall impact of the nominee’s engagement. Additional letters of support may be included from stakeholders and outside references, however, please limit to no more than ten (10) additional letters.

The nomination packet should be submitted electronically as a single consolidated PDF binder file. Please do not send separate printed materials, books, manuals, CDs, posters, etc. These items should be cited in the nominee’s vitae or referenced to a website where they can be viewed electronically.



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