On behalf of the Chancellor, the University of Tennessee Council on Academic Outreach and Engagement is soliciting nominations for the Chancellor’s Academic Outreach Award that recognizes excellence in academic outreach by faculty. The Academic Outreach Award will be presented to the faculty member at the Chancellor’s Awards Banquet in April. The Academic Outreach Award recognizes extraordinary contributions of faculty to the public that occur as an outgrowth of academic pursuits and are related to the University’s academic mission. The faculty award is based on demonstrated outstanding contributions to the public stemming from the academic expertise of the nominee. Deadline is apply is February 16, 2015.
The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. Fellows receive a stipend of $65,000 per year, as well as individual health insurance. This initiative, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the United States by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. The ACLS Public Fellows program allows PhDs to gain valuable, career-building experience in fields such as public policy, international aid, conservation, arts and culture, and digital media. Deadline to apply is March 17, 2015.
This year, the National Women in Agriculture Conference will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee April 16-18, 2015. This interdisciplinary conference has historically attracted 500 to 1,000 participants from throughout the South and the country. The mission of NWIAA is to empower socially disadvantaged women in rural and urban communities to access local and federal resources while developing networking and educational opportunities complements our UT Extension mission and the mission of many of our public and private agricultural organizations. Conference registration is free of charge; information about participating as sponsor or exhibitor may be obtained from Ms. Vivian Williams, chairperson of Tennessee’s chapter for NWIAA.
This new open-access, peer-reviewed journal focuses on advancing the field of citizen science by providing a venue for citizen science practitioners and researchers—e.g., scientists, information specialists, conservation managers, community health organizers, educators, evaluators, urban planners, citizen scientists, and more—to share best practices in conceiving, developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining projects that facilitate public participation in scientific endeavors in any discipline. To be considered for the inaugural issue, papers must be received by March 31, 2015.
“A Stewardship of Place: A Civic Mission of Higher Education” is th theme for a joint meeting of The American Democracy Project, The Democracy Commitment and the National Association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, to be held in New Orleans June 4-6, 2015. Program submission deadline is February 8, 2015.
The Associate of Fundraising Professionals is now accepting video submissions for its 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors program. AFP seeks to recognize outstanding philanthropic work by celebrating the best in giving and volunteering. Six awards are now open for video nominations. Selected honorees will be recognized during the National Philanthropy Day Honors celebration in November in New York City. Deadline to submit an award video is February 16, 2015.
The 2015 Engagement Scholarship Consortium will be held at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA in September.. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is an ESC partner and encourages university faculty and partners to contribute to the dialogue of “Engaged Scholarship: Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact.” Registration for ESC opens in May. This annual conference works to advance engaged scholarship as an intrinsic, transformational component of the student, faculty and staff experience. Proposal submission deadline for ESC is March 20, 2015.
The Education Award recognizes individuals who have made and continue to make substantial contributions to children in the educational arena. This includes individuals who have made and are making education available to severely underserved populations, or those who innovate new and effective methods of learning and teaching, and those whose work creates educational opportunity for children who are challenged or disenfranchised. Honorees will be selected regardless of political or geographic boundaries and regardless of religious affiliation, although programs which are singularly religious or which use education to proselytize for or against any one religion are specifically forbidden. A minimum grant of $50,000 will be awarded. Nominees must be able to attend the ceremony in New York City on November 5, 2015. Deadline for nominations is April 1, 2015.