The Plater Award is given in recognition of exemplary leadership of an AASCU Chief Academic Officer in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates through programs and activities that encourage greater knowledge, skills, experiences and reflection about the role of citizens in a democracy.
Nominations are due annually at the end of March. The recipient is announced at the following Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference.
The William M. Plater Award for Leadership In Civic Engagement was established in 2006 by AASCU in collaboration with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in appreciation for the leadership of
William M. Plater, who served as the chief academic officer of IUPUI from 1987 through 2006. IUPUI has generously agreed to endow the Plater Award for 15 years.
During his term, Bill Plater oversaw the development of civic engagement as an integral part of the campus mission and as a defining characteristic of its graduates, thus helping IUPUI win recognition among peers as a national leader. Through his writing, speaking and public advocacy, Plater also helped extend universities’ understanding of their collective responsibility as “Stewards of Place,” while connecting them with the larger regional, national and global communities of which they are also a part.
The Plater Award is the first national award established specifically to honor and recognize chief academic officers for their leadership in higher education. It is presented annually to an AASCU chief academic officer at the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting each June. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition and a check for $1,000. At the awardee’s discretion, the Award can also be presented at a suitable occasion on the recipient’s campus, ordinarily in the fall semester following selection.