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Faculty Engagement Scholar Award


In keeping with the mission of the University of Tennessee, as the flagship land-grant university, an award to recognize excellence in engaged scholarship has been established. The Faculty Engagement Scholar Award is designed to recognize exemplary engaged scholarship projects or initiatives that involve at least one community partner. A winning project or initiative will automatically qualify as an internal submission for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award. These are among the most prestigious recognitions of exemplary engaged scholarship in the United States, and also provide cash prizes.

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by any faculty, administrator, or staff member employed full-time by UT. It is expected that nominees will be aware of the nomination and will participate significantly in preparation of the application. All nominations must be endorsed by the chair/department/area.


Engaged scholarship includes but is not limited to:

  1. Projects that engage faculty, staff and students in a sustainable manner with local, regional, state, or global community partners.
  2. Mutually beneficial initiatives that connect university engagement and outreach with community organizational goals.
  3. Advances effective relationships between the university and community, including but not limited to cultural competency, co-generated knowledge, and shared ownership.
  4. Results in excellence in engaged scholarship through such products as peer-reviewed publications or collaborative reports, conference presentations or proceedings, or external funding.
  5. Aligns with best practices articulated by national organizations such as the Association for Public and Land-grant Universities; American Association of State Colleges and Universities; or Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Submission Materials:

It is critical that the engaged scholarship addresses the concerns and opportunities of communities.

The following information should be included in the nomination packet:

  1. Completed Faculty Engagement Scholar Award nomination form.
  2. Current CV with a complete list of publications (copies of publications are not required).
  3. A narrative summary of the nominee’s engaged scholarship achievements/description of the project that addresses the following aspects of the project in 5 pages or less.
    • How the project exemplifies the characteristics of responsiveness, respect for partners, academic neutrality, accessibility, integration, resource coordination.
    • Relationship between the partner(s), including a demonstration of the reciprocity of the relationship.
    • Impacts on the community, the University, and the scholarship of engagement
    • Lessons learned and best practices developed that can contribute to the knowledge and practice of community engagement.
  4. Three external letters from references. A letter of support from a community partner involved in the initiative must be included.


  • Full-time faculty that has been at UT Knoxville at least 3 years.
  • Award may be given to an individual or group.
  • Endorsement from chair/department/area.


Nomination Form