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Excellence in Community Engagement Award Information

The Center for Service and Learning’s annual Excellence in Community Engagement Awards honor extraordinary accomplishments in engaged learning and community impact. The recognition criteria are founded upon demonstration of the Mountaineer core values of service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation. The awards are described in the 9 categories below along with criteria and eligibility requirements.

Nominations must be submitted by Monday, April 12. Self-nominations will also be accepted. Winners will be announced by Friday, April 23. Nominations can be made here.

Student Awards

Cole Unger Excellence in Social Action Award

The Excellence in Social Action Award is presented by the Center for Service and Learning to recognize a student or student group who have used innovation, creativity, partnerships and passion to make a change in our community. Social action impact is determined by demonstration of one or more of the following:

  • Service - Supported the increased participation in volunteer service or dedicated time and support for disaster relief.
  • Curiosity - Used innovative, creative means to serve the community.
  • Respect - Promoted civility or inclusion through an action project.
  • Accountability - Served an identified community need.
  • Appreciation - Participated in a project that promotes community/campus relationships.

Undergraduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

The Undergraduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement is presented by the Center for Service and Learning to recognize undergraduate students at West Virginia University who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community that embodies the mission and vision of West Virginia University through the values of service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation.

Eligibility

Must be a full or part-time undergraduate student enrolled at West Virginia University during the current academic year.

Criteria

The student receiving this award will have made a meaningful contribution to the community through community engagement, civic action, advocacy and/or continuous service. This can be demonstrated through the following:

  • Service - Engaged in service with others from campus or surrounding communities in order to solve a new or existing problem.
  • Curiosity - Sought out new, innovative ways to improve the community and lives of others.
  • Respect - Took action to address issues of inequality and social, racial and economic justice.
  • Accountability - Demonstrated the motivation and commitment to long-term engagement. 
  • Appreciation - Enriched the lives of others in the campus and surrounding community through positive commitment to change.

Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

The Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement is presented by the Center for Service and Learning to recognize undergraduate students at West Virginia University who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community that embodies the mission and vision of West Virginia University through the values of service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation.

Eligibility

Must be a full or part-time graduate student enrolled at West Virginia University during the current academic year.

Criteria

The student receiving this award will have made a meaningful contribution to the community through community engagement, civic action, advocacy and/or continuous service. This can be demonstrated through the following:

  • Service - Engaged in service with others from campus or surrounding communities in order to solve a new or existing problem.
  • Curiosity - Sought out new, innovative ways to improve the community and lives of others.
  • Respect - Took action to address issues of inequality and social, racial and economic justice.
  • Accountability - Demonstrated the motivation and commitment to long-term engagement. 
  • Appreciation - Enriched the lives of others in the campus and surrounding community through positive commitment to change.

Student Group Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

Eligibility

Must be a student-led group of three or more WVU students working in collaboration. This could be a recognized organization, club sports team or official Greek chapter but may also be an informal group.

Criteria

The student organization receiving this award will have made a meaningful contribution to the surrounding community through group programming, events, or performing continuous service. This could be demonstrated through the following: 

  • Service - Increased the groups community engagement significantly.
  • Curiosity - Identified an existing problem and inspired and motivated others to act.
  • Respect - Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and perseverance in seeking ways to challenge the present and enrich the future.
  • Accountability - Developed and maintained committed to relationships within the community.
  • Appreciation - Recognize members for community engagement.

Faculty and Staff Awards

Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

(Adapted from Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award)

Eligibility

All full and part time faculty members.

Criteria

The faculty member receiving this award demonstrates a commitment to community engagement, values reciprocal relationships with the community and inspires those around them to make a positive community impact. This can be demonstrated through the following:

  • Service - Demonstrates integration of community engagement in one’s teaching, research and/or service.
  • Curiosity - Explores and contributes to positive change on issues of public concern.
  • Respect - Demonstrates commitment to reciprocal community partnerships.
  • Accountability - Creates institutional impact through development of culture, programs or policies that promote meaningful engagement at WVU.
  • Appreciation - Commitment to community stakeholders, such as recognition of partners as co-educators, evaluation results that show benefits for communities as well as students, etc.

Staff Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

Introduction

The Staff Award for Excellence in Community Engagement is presented by the Center for Service and Learning to recognize staff members at West Virginia University who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to community that embodies the mission and vision of West Virginia University through the values of service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation.

Eligibility

Must be a current full-time or part-time WVU or Research Corps staff member

Criteria

The staff member receiving this award will have made a meaningful contribution to the community through community engagement, civic action, advocacy and/or continuous service. This can be demonstrated through the following:

  • Service - Identified an existing problem and inspired others to act.
  • Curiosity - Sought out new, innovative ways to improve the community and lives of others.
  • Respect - Strove to find inclusive, transparent solutions to problems arising in the broader community.
  • Accountability - Consistently committed to inspiring and improving the lives of other individuals and groups.
  • Appreciation - Worked to raise expectations and recognition for others in the community.

Award for Excellence in Service-Learning Instruction

Eligibility

Anyone who instructs a course using service-learning pedagogy.

Criteria

The instructor receiving this award demonstrates a commitment to high-impact teaching through service-learning, values relationships with the community and inspires students to make a positive community impact. This can be demonstrated through the following:

  • Service - Incorporates service-learning pedagogy into instructional methods of at least one credit-bearing course.
  • Curiosity - Inspires students in academic service-learning by trying new models, reflecting with students and making improvements.
  • Respect - Takes community partner needs into account when developing service-learning projects.
  • Accountability - Expands the culture of service-learning at WVU and within a department by designating service courses and sharing impact.
  • Appreciation  -  Clearly values relationship with community partners.

Community and Campus Partner Awards

Outstanding Community Partner Award

Recognizes a community partner that has established a strong reciprocal and sustainable relationship promoting civic engagement. This partner serves as a co-educator of students providing community-based learning opportunities that embody the University values of service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation.   

Eligibility

Must be an active official community partner organization of the Center for Service and Learning. View a list of community partners here.

Criteria

The recipient of this award has made a significant contribution to WVU’s culture of engagement; strengthening our ability to support the communities we serve. This can be demonstrated through the following:  

  • Service - Identifies community challenges and inspires others to act. Creates well planned, intentional service opportunities that engage students and positively impact communities.
  • Curiosity - Seeks out innovative ways to engage students, identifying and developing their talents and assets.
  • Respect - Collaborates positively with students, faculty and community providing thoughtful and informative insight.
  • Accountability - Demonstrates understanding of their role and responsibility as a community educator of students.
  • Appreciation - Clearly values students and community members; and is reciprocal in their relationship with the University. Works to raise expectations and recognition for others.

Outstanding Campus Partner Award

Recognizes a campus partner organization or unit that has established a strong reciprocal and sustainable relationship promoting campus or community service and engagement. This campus partner serves as a co-educator of students, providing engaged learning opportunities that embody the University values of service, curiosity, respect, accountability and appreciation.   

Eligibility

Must be an active official campus partner organization of the Center for Service and Learning. View our official campus partners here.

Criteria

The recipient of this award has made a significant contribution to WVU’s culture of engagement, strengthening our ability to support the communities we serve. This can be demonstrated through the following:  

  • Service - Creates well planned, intentional service opportunities that positively impact the greater community.
  • Curiosity - Seeks out innovative ways to engage students and the community, identifying and developing their talents and assets.
  • Respect - Collaborates positively with students, faculty and community providing thoughtful and informative insight.
  • Accountability - Demonstrates understanding of their role and responsibility as a collaborative educator of students.
  • Appreciation - Clearly values students and the greater community and is reciprocal in their relationship with the University.

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