2018 Award Nominations

Award Nominations Due: November 17, 2017

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The Gulf-South Summit is proud to present seven awards recognizing the hard work and dedication of outstanding people and programs in the field of service-learning and civic engagement in higher education. Please take the time nominate one or more of your especially dedicated and competent colleagues for a coveted Gulf-South Summit Award.  Award recipients will receive a plaque in recognition of his or her accomplishments, a monetary award of $1,000, and a complementary 2018 Gulf-South Summit conference registration.

Award Nomination Form

Outstanding Practitioner Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education

The Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Practitioner Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education will be given to a practitioner (staff member, or administrator with responsibility for administration and/or coordination of service-learning activities) who has demonstrated excellence in creating, providing and sustaining opportunities for engaging college/university students in service-learning.

Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Advancement of a culture of engagement within his or her institution
  • Demonstrated leadership in the field of civic engagement
  • Advancement of the principles of effective practice
  • Demonstration of program growth and sustainability over time
  • Evidence of impacts on students, campus, and community

 

Outstanding Community Partner Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education

The Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Community Partner Contributions to Service-Learning will be given to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in creating and sustaining opportunities for engaging college/university students in service-learning. This individual should have collaborated with a service-learning program for more than one year in order to be nominated.

Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Evidence of having an active voice in the planning and implementation of service-learning
  • Evidence of benefits to students
  • Demonstration of effort in sustaining the collaboration over time

 

Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education – Instruction

The Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning will be given to a member of the teaching faculty who has demonstrated excellence incorporating service-learning pedagogy in the college/university classroom.

Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Demonstration of engaged teaching methodologies
  • Evidence of benefits to students
  • Evidence of collaboration with community partners and/or service beneficiaries in course design
  • Demonstration of sustained commitment by incorporating service-learning consistently for a least three academic terms.

 

 

Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education – Research

The Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning will be given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in service-learning research.

Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Evidence of benefits to students
  • Evidence of significant contribution to research in the field
  • Example of recently published research article
  • Promotion of a scholarship of engagement among his or her colleagues

 

Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education – Undergraduate

The Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning will be given to a full or part-time undergraduate student who has demonstrated extraordinary public or community service efforts while attending an institution of higher education.

Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Evidence of the effects of his/her service-learning participation on the community
  • Evidence of the effects of service-learning participation on his or her academic learning, civic commitment, community awareness and personal development
  • Evidence of how service-learning efforts have furthered the mission of his/her institution
  • Demonstrated innovative and sustained work to address an issue in the community

 

Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning in Higher Education – Graduate

The Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Student Contributions to Service-Learning will be given to a full or part-time graduate student who has demonstrated extraordinary public or community service efforts while attending an institution of higher education.

Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Evidence of the effects of his/her service-learning participation on the community
  • Evidence of the effects of service-learning participation on his or her academic learning, civic commitment, community awareness and personal development
  • Evidence of how service-learning efforts have furthered the mission of his/her institution
  • Demonstrated innovative and sustained work to address an issue in the community
  • Evidence of scholarly activity related to service-learning participation

 

Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education

The Gulf-South Summit Award for Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration will be given to a team of practitioners, faculty, and community partners who have demonstrated success in achieving a mutually beneficial collaboration that has successfully addressed a genuine community need.

Evaluation criteria are as follows:

  • Evidence of a formalized relationship between community organizations and a college/university. This may include a copy of a Memorandum of Understanding or a Letter of Partnership outlining the commitments of each stakeholder.
  • Evidence of beneficial impact of the collaboration on local concerns
  • Indication of how the collaboration advanced objectives of engaged scholarship in the college or university
  • Evidence that the collaboration has been sustained for at least three years