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
All faculty members and staff are encouraged to submit nominations for the Community Engaged Scholarship Award which recognizes an individual or group for extraordinary leadership in advancing the university's commitment to community partnerships and civic engagement through curriculum, teaching, scholarship, and service. The award is presented as part of the annual Outstanding Employee Awards ceremony.
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 their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.
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.