Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement

This award recognizes KU Medical Center faculty for excellence in developing, implementing and sustaining regional engaged scholarship initiatives. Award recipients will receive $7,500.

Community engagement, according to the Carnegie Classification Project (McCormick & Zhao, 2005), "describes the collaboration between higher education institutions and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity." Piercy, Stoudt, Asselin and Tilley-Lubbs (2011) provide additional clarification regarding work that is worthy of this award in their white paper, noting that "Characteristics most associated with engaged scholarship include:

  • A partnership between university and community groups;
  • Which is reciprocal;
  • Mutually beneficial;
  • Respectful;
  • Transparent;
  • Replicable; and
  • Publically accountable;
  • Hierarchy is minimized;
  • Teaching, research, and/or service takes place;
  • Impact is assessed and documented; and
  • Scholarship is an integral component."


All University of Kansas Medical Center faculty members with a full-time or part-time appointment at the Kansas City, Wichita or Salina campuses who have not previously received this award are eligible. Volunteer faculty are not eligible.

Nomination Process

Nominations by deans, department heads, colleagues or self-nominations are accepted.

1. Initial nominations require the electronic submission of:

  • An abbreviated CV (no more than 5 pages), emphasizing engaged scholarship activities.
  • A letter (no more than 3 pages*) highlighting specific examples of how the nominee's engaged scholarship work has improved the health of Kansans and/or Midwesterners and beyond. The letter should include the following:
    • Geographical location for project(s)/event(s). (Remember, preference is given to rural and/or underserved Kansas communities, so be sure to highlight those.)
    • Number of community members impacted.
    • How the work impacted student learning/academics.
    • How the work impacted research.
    • How the work impacted the health of communities.
    • Unique/exemplary attributes of this work.
    • **For those nominating others (self-nominees, skip this step and see "Finalists criteria," below): Enduring nature of the nominee's work (that is, multiple projects over multiple years) and the scholarly nature of that enduring work.

*Additional materials may be included and will not count toward the 3-page limit.

The completed nomination must be submitted no later than midnight on Feb. 1, 2015.

2. Finalists criteria (self-nominees, please also read item A.): All nominees selected as finalists for the award will be notified and asked to submit two letters from the community summarizing how the nominee worked with the community to identify a need, how the nominee's work addressed that need, and the enduring benefits of the nominee's work within the community.

A. **Self-nominees selected as finalists are also asked to submit a third letter of support addressing the enduring nature of your work (that is, multiple projects over multiple years) and the scholarly nature of that work.

 Nominate an individual for the Faculty Award for Scholarship in Community Engagement

Last modified: Nov 24, 2014
Award Winners

2014: A. Paula Cupertino, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine

2013: Christine Daley, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Family Medicine

At a Glance

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Award Amount: $7,500

Questions? Contact
April Blackmon Strange
(913) 588-2695