• Civic Engagement Awards

    The American Democracy Project recognizes and rewards leadership in civic engagement on AASCU member campuses through four annual awards. Three of these awards—the Barbara Burch Award, the William M. Plater Award and the John Saltmarsh Award—are given to individuals who are working to advance civic learning and engagement on AASCU campuses. The fourth award, the Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award, is a campus-level honor that is part of AASCU's Excellence and Innovation Awards program.

    American Democracy Project Awards

    The extraordinary circumstances of the past month led to a difficult decision. We will not be presenting the annual ADP awards this year. Please consider your colleagues for the awards for CLDE21, and we look forward to celebrating in person with the 2021 winners in Boston!

    • Barbara Burch Award: The Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement is given in recognition of exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students and the work of AASCU’s American Democracy Project on campus and/or nationally.
       
    • William M. Plater Award: The William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement is given in recognition of exemplary leadership of AASCU chief academic officers or provosts 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.  

    • John Saltmarsh Award: The John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement is given in recognition of exemplary early-career leaders who are advancing the wider civic engagement movement through higher education to build a broader public culture of democracy.  

    Excellence and Innovation Awards

    Starting in 2017, as part of its Excellence and Innovation Awards program, AASCU has recognized one or two campuses annually with the Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award. 

    • Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award: The Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award honors institutions that demonstrate a strategic commitment to prioritizing, institutionalizing and advancing student civic learning and community engagement in regional, state and/or national communities. This award recognizes colleges/universities that are working to develop campus cultures that recognize and reward engagement that (1) fosters student learning and civic skill building; (2) rewards faculty teaching and scholarship for civic purposes and with engaging pedagogies and practices; and (3) partners meaningfully with community members and organizations to solve pressing problems and build more just and equitable communities.