2012 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

Posted by on January 08, 2012

2012 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty,  Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE)

The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.

Community engagement describes the collaboration between faculty and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.–Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Lynton Award emphasizes community-based scholarly work across faculty roles. The scholarship of engagement (also known as outreach scholarship, public scholarship, scholarship for the common good, community-based scholarship, and community-engaged scholarship) represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member’s expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution. In addition, NERCHE conceptualizes scholarly engagement in terms of social justice in a diverse democracy.

The award will be presented at the 18th Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) which will be held from October 13-16, 2012, at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. CUMU is a co-sponsor of the Award.

The recipient of the award will have several opportunities to disseminate his or her community based work, including presenting at the CUMU conference, publishing in the Metropolitan Universities Journal, and participating in one or more of NERCHE’s webinars focused on community-based scholarly work.

2012 Lynton Award Nominations:

Nominations can be made by academic colleagues, administrators, students, and community partners.
More than one faculty member from a single college or university may be nominated. Please complete separate applications for each nominee.

Nominators will submit nominations via an online application.  To submit an application, please see the Application Instructions.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2012.

If you have any questions regarding the Lynton Award, please contact NERCHE via email at [email protected] or by phone at (617) 287-7740.

To learn more about the Lynton Award, click here.


To view examples of syllabi submitted by previous nominees, click here.  To download a copy of the 2011 Lynton Award Profile, click here.


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