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Awards & Recognition

There are many recognition opportunities, both nationally and locally, for community engagement work. See below for a few of the highlights.

Campus Recognition

Drake University has received several recognitions for proven success in community engagement and service-learning, see our Campus Awards for Community Engagement page for more information.

National Faculty Awards

For faculty committed to civic and community engagement, there are two major national awards

  • Pre-tenure 
    • The Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty, sponsored by the Swearer Center at Brown University in partnership with the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU).
    • Due Date: Early May
  • Post-tenure

Both awards value community collaboration as well as institutional impact and honor engaged scholarly work across the faculty roles of teaching, research, and service.

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IACC Engaged Campus Awards

The Iowa Campus Compact Engaged Campus Awards - The Engaged Campus Awards are designed to recognize the achievements of students, faculty, staff, alumni, community organizations, and AmeriCorps members for their work advancing the civic mission of higher education through community engagement and partnerships that positively impact students and communities. Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 awards in the categories of: Emerging Innovation, Community Collaboration, Civic-Minded Employer, and Alumni Leadership. Submit nominations by Feb. 24. 

In addition, feedback is being sought on 3 other awards: the student leadership award, civic engagement leadership award, and community partner award. Read descriptions of the awards. If you know of an individual, group or organization deserving of one of these awards, submit a one-paragraph justification to amanda.martin@drake.edu no later than Feb. 15. Additional information will be requested if selected. 

Past Award Winners:

2019-2020 Awards Emerging Innovation Award - Drake Engaged Citizen Corps. President's Awards - Brittany Freeman (Student Leadership); Drake University Political Visitors Team: Rachel Paine Caufield, Scott Law, Matt Miller, Jarad Bernstein, Dani Peters, and Tony Tyler (Civic Engagement Leadership); Gregory & Suzie Glazer Burt Boys & Girls Club (Community Partner)

2018-2019 Awards Congratulations to Drake student Madeline Cheek for being a finalist in the Student Leader category, and Ken-Matt Martin, Drake alumnus, for being a finalist in the Community Leadership category. 

Drake Faculty Awards

College of Business & Public Administration
Outreach Award

The purpose of this award is to promote outreach by publicly recognizing and rewarding efforts toward this important CBPA goal. Outreach is defined by those activities that utilize professional expertise to help organizations and/or the community.  Outreach activity ensures faculty currency in the professional practice relevant to their discipline.  Additionally, outreach activity fulfills the objective of the CBPA and Drake strategic plans to offer faculty expertise to serve the common good and improve the community in which we operate, adding to the reputation of the University in the business community. Outreach activity may take a wide variety of forms.  

Examples of outreach activity include, but are not limited to, the following:   

  • Sustained professional work related to teaching field 
  • A significant practice experience related to teaching field 
  • A significant consulting experience related to teaching field 
  • Obtaining professional certification/licensure                                                   
  • Membership on a corporate or non-profit board of directors     
  • Creation and delivery of executive education courses                 
  • Holding office in professional organizations                     
  • Participation in interviews with local or national media

Recipients

  • 2018 Mary Edrington, Associate Professor of Practice in Marketing / Internship Coordinator

Adams Student Leadership Awards

Each year the Donald V. Adams Leadership Institute partners with the Office of Community Engaged Learning to recognize campus leaders and organizations for their commitment to service. 

Drake Outstanding Individual Service Award
Awarded to an individual student who has shown a commitment to service through sincere relationship building and community partnership. This student has provided meaningful service that has strengthened relationships between Drake University and the greater Des Moines community, and has evidence of programs, activities, and projects which have taken place throughout the academic year.

Drake Outstanding Group Service Award
Given to a student organization or group that has shown a commitment to service through sincere relationship building and community partnership. This organization has provided meaningful service that has strengthened relationships between Drake University and the Greater Des Moines community. All community service projects and activities described as part of this nomination must have taken place during the current academic year.

Ron & Jane Olson Global Service-Learning Award
Awarded to an individual or group that has demonstrated evidence of building global relationships through service-learning. The student or group has provided meaningful service that has strengthened relationships between Drake University and a community partner (in the U.S. or abroad) while addressing a global pressing issue. This may also include, but is not limited to, international students serving alongside a Des Moines community partner. All global service-learning projects and activities described in this nomination must have taken place during the current academic year.

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