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Faculty Award for Enduring 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 $5,000.


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 a demonstrated commitment to community engagement (i.e. multiple projects and/or multiple years) and who have not previously received this award are eligible. Volunteer faculty are not eligible.

Nomination Process

Nominations by deans and department heads, faculty colleagues or self-nominations will be accepted. 

Nominations require the electronic submission of (1) an abbreviated CV (no more than 5 pages) emphasizing engaged scholarship activities and (2) a nomination letter. Letters should include specific examples of how the nominee's engaged scholarship work has improved the health of Kansans and/or Midwesterners and beyond. Letters should also 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: Enduring nature of the nominee's work, i.e. multiple projects and/or multiple years and the scholarly nature of that enduring work. 
  • For those finalists who self-nominated: You must also submit one (1) letter from a faculty member/supervisor addressing the enduring nature of your work i.e. multiple projects and/or multiple years and the scholarly nature of that enduring work.

The completed nomination must be submitted by email no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 1.


Nominees who are considered finalists for the award will be notified and asked to submit:

  • Two (2) letters of support 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.  

Past Award Winners

Learn more about our past award honorees

Community Engagement

University of Kansas Medical Center
Institute for Community Engagement

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