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Seeking nominations: Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to nominate exceptional colleagues for the Provost’s Awards for Excellence in Community Engaged Scholarship. The awards recognize the significant efforts of faculty, students, staff, teams, and community partners who work collaboratively to address important community issues.

Public engagement is integral to the academic endeavor and the institution-wide mission of a land-grant university. It is defined as the collaborative and mutually beneficial, creative exchange of knowledge and resources between the University and the community (local, regional/state, national, or global) in order to:

  • enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity;
  • enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning;
  • provide life-transformative educational experiences;
  • prepare educated, engaged citizens;
  • promote social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusivity;
  • strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility;
  • address critical societal issues;
  • and contribute to the public good.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 26, 2021. The nomination process includes completion of an online form, a letter of support, and other supporting materials. The nomination requirements and selection criteria can be found on our website. For more information, please reach out to Amanda Pitts at

Award Categories


  • Research Category
    • Distinguished Scholar Research Award
    • Emerging Scholar Research Award
  • Teaching Category
    • Distinguished Instructor Award
    • Emerging Instructor Award
  • Team Category
    • Faculty Team Award


  • Individual Category
    • Distinguished Staff Award
    • Emerging Staff Award
  • Team Category
    • Staff Team Award


  • Individual Category
    • Undergraduate Student Award
    • Graduate Student Award
  • Team Category
    • Student Team Award


  • Community Partner Award

Each awardee will be recognized for their exemplary work in Public Engagement and will:

  • Receive an appropriately inscribed plaque.
  • Have their name engraved on the Plaque of Awardees, located in the Office of the Provost, Gulley Hall.
  • Be featured in future special feature articles and highlights through other UConn communication platforms and external news sources.

We look forward to receiving your nominations.


Jeffrey Shoulson
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs