Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach

The Auburn University Award for Excellence in Faculty Outreach and $5,000 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 plays 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, specified 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 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 with the community including citations of collaboration, needs addressed, objectives, methods, outcomes, etc.
  • Mission: How is the nominee’s outreach compatible with university and unit missions? How does his/her outreach complement the teaching and research 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 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?
  • Impact: Describe observed impacts and/or explain any unobserved impacts that can be expected based upon other research and theory. Identify direct and indirect beneficiaries. How has the engagement reciprocally benefited the community, the university, the nominee’s department, and discipline? Provide any quantitative statements (program data, comparative indices, economic impact, etc.) illustrating impact.

Previous Recipients

The bios and accomplishments of our previous recipients are provided below. Here, you can read about their engaged scholarship and dedication to improving the quality of life for all citizens. Their outreach includes technical assistance supporting Alabama industry; a national educational institute for persons with disabilities; application of innovative alternative energy technologies; support for government agencies and officials; and innovative teaching techniques for local schools. These are a few examples of the extraordinary contributions of Auburn faculty to society through the university's outreach mission.


Last Updated: February 7, 2019