Excellence in Community Engagement Award

AWARD NAME CHANGE:  While the same award, the name has changed to the Excellence in Community Engagement Award from Excellence in Community Service Award. 

NEW FOR FACULTY:  Nominations for faculty have moved from the spring semester to the fall semester for faculty.  Nomination deadline for both faculty and staff is October 22, 2021

Annual awards are presented to faculty and staff in recognition of excellence in community volunteer work with charitable, nonprofit, religious or other similar organizations.

This award annually recognizes up to two staff and two faculty. Recipients receive a one-time cash award of $1,500 each. 

Nomination deadline for 2022 recipients

The nomination deadline for both faculty and staff is Friday, October 22, 2021.  


Any student, employee or community member may nominate a full-time staff or faculty member for consideration.  Nominations may be made at any time of the year.  Early nominations will be held until the fall deadline.     

To nominate, please fill out the online nomination form.  Nominees will be notified of their nomination and have an opportunity to provide additional information about their volunteer work.  


Faculty and staff nominees must be full-time employees at the university and have a minimum of three years of full-time service at the University are eligible for the award. This award is intended to recognize employees who volunteer their time in significant ways outside of their normal university positions and work responsibilities.  

Selection process

A university committee reviews all nominations and selects award recipients by committee consensus.  Nominees who are not awarded will automatically be added to the next year's pool of applications, unless otherwise directed by the nominee. 

Award recognition

Recipients are typically recognized during their respective annual recognition/appreciation events.  Typically staff are recognized at the January Staff Awards Luncheon and faculty during the May Faculty Recognition Reception.   

Congratulations to the 2021 recipients

2021 Faculty 


2021 Staff 

  • Mandi Muse
    Departmental Academic Advisor, Criminology
  • Jason Ray
    Director, Center for Resource Planning and Management

2021 staff community service award recipients ​​​​​