Award for Community-Engaged Scholarship

Community-engaged scholarship resonates with the spirit and intent of the Wisconsin Idea and even can be said to advance the Wisconsin Idea to a new level of partnership and reciprocity.

The broad concept of engagement stipulates that universities should go beyond the traditional one-way transmission of knowledge to society by partnering with their communities in addressing societal ills and creating positive and sustainable change.

Specifically, community-engaged scholarship involves the creation of knowledge for public purposes through a reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnership with the public itself. Work of this nature is advanced through the integration of teaching, research and creativity, and service.

Each year, the School of Education Award for Community-Engaged Scholarship is presented to an SOE faculty member; staff member; or team in recognition of work that embraces the principles of community-engaged scholarship.

Recipients receive a $1,000 monetary award, made possible by gifts from the Luvern and Marquerite Kopp Fund, in support of their community-engaged scholarship.

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  • Any member of the School of Education faculty or staff leading an exemplary community-engaged scholarship effort (which also may include a team of individuals such as students and members of the community), is eligible for this award
  • Individual nominees or team leaders must have at least a half-time appointment in the School

Criteria & Nomination Process

Nomination packets must include:

  • Letter of nomination that addresses how the nominee’s efforts:
    • Contributed to the public good or addressed societal issues;
    • Advanced scholarly research and creative activity;
    • Demonstrated exemplary partnership practices;
    • Was sustained or institutionalized; and
    • Achieved one or more of the following:
        • Enhanced curriculum, teaching, and learning
        • Prepared educated, engaged citizens
        • Strengthened democratic values and civic responsibility
  • CV/résumé for each nominee
    • Letter of support from a community partner that provides a detailed analysis of the impact of the work on the community

    *Neither the Dean nor any member of the review committee may nominate or write letters of support



    Please submit nominations in one of the following ways:

    • Online nomination form (upload digital files of supporting documents)
    • Email to Public Relations Coordinator ​Jody Moen
    • Mail or deliver to:
      School of Education External Relations Office
      Attn: Jody Moen
      181 Education Building
      1000 Bascom Mall
      Madison, WI 53706

    Review & Selection

    All nominations will be reviewed by a committee comprised of previous award winners and chaired by an associate dean in the School of Education. Recipients will be invited to a school-wide awards ceremony on Thursday, April​ ​18, 201​​9.


    Contact ​Jody Moen, or 608.265.7875

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