Leadership awards

The university president and academic leadership emphasize the importance of community engagement to the university mission by elevating and recognizing faculty who incorporate this work into their teaching practice and scholarship. Special recognition is conferred on those faculty who demonstrate exemplary leadership in civic and community engagement.

President's Circle of Engagement

The President's Circle of Engagement underscores the importance of the university's commitment to civic engagement, community partnerships and community-based scholarship by honoring faculty whose courses incorporate substantial engaged learning components. This special designation is open to all faculty members who wish to submit course syllabi and other relevant materials for acceptance into the Circle. Each year, the president hosts a recognition reception for all participating faculty members.

Community Engaged Scholarship Award

This award recognizes an individual or group for extraordinary leadership in advancing Metropolitan State’s commitment to community partnerships and civic engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and service. Nominations are accepted via the Human Resources Department from mid-February through mid-March. The award is presented as part of Metropolitan’s annual Outstanding Employee Award Ceremony in late spring.

Past Recipients of the Community Engagement Scholarship Award

2018 – Yvonne RB Banks, School of Urban Education
2017 – Nicholas Hartlep, School of Urban Education
2016 – Faisal Kaleem, Information and Computer Science
2015 – Faculty of the Arts: James Byrne, Ed Bok Lee, Alison McGhee, David Means, Erica Rasmussen, Gail Smogard
2014- Maythee Kantar, School of Communication, Writing and the Arts
2013 – Social Work Department
2012 – Susan Spring Shumer, Center for Community-Based Learning
2010 – College of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty members: Joyce Bredesen, Cecelia Erickson, Ruth Stauss and Americorps*VISTA member, Ruth Aufderheide
2009 - Frank Schweigert, College of Management
2008 - Tom O’Connell, College of Arts and Sciences
2007 – Wilson Bradshaw, President Metropolitan State University
2006 – Darcel Hill, Advisor, Human Services
2005 – CWA faculty, College of Arts and Sciences
2004 – Roger Israel, College of Management
2003 – Sharon Rice Vaughan, College of Professional Studies

Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award

This annual award is presented to a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced Metropolitan State’s distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement. Nominations are accepted via the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship between mid-December and late January. The award is presented as part of Minnesota Campus Compact’s Annual Summit in late spring.

Past Recipients of Civic Engagement Steward Award

2018 – Kathleen Cole, Social Science
2017 – The Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota
2016 – Raj Sethuraju, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
2015 – Virginia Card, Natural Sciences
2014 - The Gender and Sexuality Student Services Office (GSSSO) and Lavender Bridge (the LGBTQIA student organization)
2013 – American Indian Advisory Committee
2012 – College of Nursing and Health Sciences
2011 – Faculty Work Group for the Center for Community-Based Learning
2010 - Center for Community-Based Learning: Community Action and Civic Engagement

Presidents’ Student Leadership Award

This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. Nominations are accepted via the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship between mid-December and late January. The award is presented as part of Minnesota Campus Compact’s Annual Summit in late spring.

Past Recipients of Student Leadership Award

2018 – Sharon Brooks
2017 – ICES Student Program Coordinators
2016 – Metropolitan State Student Senate
2015 – Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement student organization
2014 - Nathaniel (Nate) Jones
2013 - Christopher Nguyen
2012 – Political Affairs Committee of the Student Senate: Chair, Dea Price, Brian Wermerskrichen, Angi Daus, Diane Poss and Rob Loomer
2011 – Jahan Powell

Presidents’ Community Partner Award

This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the Metropolitan State, thus enriching the educational as well as community outcomes. Nominations are accepted via the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship between mid-December and late January. The award is presented as part of Minnesota Campus Compact’s Annual Summit in late spring.

Past Recipients of Community Partner Award

2018 – Hmong American Farmers Association
2017 – Augustana Open Circle, Mark Rosen, Program Coordinator
2016 – In Progress
2015 – East Side Area Business Association
2014 - Ronald M. Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning
2013 - Dayton’s Bluff Community Council
2012 – First Lutheran Church: Love Grows Here
2011 - Dayton’s Bluff Elementary
2010 - Saint Paul Public Library

Promotion and tenure

With its Faculty Work Group, ICES developed a framework for integrating community-engaged scholarship into Promotion and Tenure criteria, providing a tool to assist faculty in preparing professional development plans and promotion and tenure documentation.