Provost Award for Excellence in

Outreach and Engagement

The Provost’s Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement is given to honor faculty members who have made a sustained commitment to fostering outreach and engagement by leveraging the resources of JMU with those of the community.  This award recognizes the scope and impact of the engagement activity and its impact on the community.


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has acknowledged James Madison University’s community engagement efforts by approving the university to receive its Community Engagement Classification for 2010. This honor recognizes “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities ... for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.” JMU joins 114 other institutions across the country in securing the prestigious classification, along with 196 others recognized in the 2006 and 2008 selection processes.  


Nominations for this award will be accepted from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. Nominations should address the following criteria:

•     To what extent does the activity address community-identified needs, deepen students’ civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being, and enrich the scholarship of the institution?

•     To what extent does the activity develop partnerships that focus on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (research, capacity building, economic   development, etc.)?


Nominations can be submitted to Dr. James Shaeffer (, or MSC 6906).  Nominations must be received by March 1, 2011.