The SLCE Conference annually rewards 5 categories of awards: faculty, staff, undergraduate student, graduate student, and community partner. Award nominations are open in the months leading up to the conference date, and the awards are given at the SLCE Conference.
Faculty Award for Outstanding Service-Learning recognizes individuals that develop and teach service-learning courses or a course with a service-learning component with evidence of innovative ways of employing a reflective teaching methodology to connect community service-learning with academic study. These individuals reach out to other faculty to encourage and help them integrate service-learning into their courses. Nominees demonstrate leadership that promotes community service-learning within one’s discipline, college or institution. They also participate in engaged scholarship, such as research, published materials, presentations on service-learning or community-based research.
The Staff Award for Outstanding Civic Engagement recognizes staff members that collaborate with community for service-learning or civic engagement initiatives. These individuals connect with other staff, faculty and/or students to encourage and help them integrate civic engagement or service-learning in their respective role. They demonstrates leadership that promotes civic engagement or service-learning within one’s campus and seeks to meet community needs.
The Undergraduate Student Award for Civic Engagement recognizes an individual or group of students that are enrolled (at least part time) as undergraduate students in the academic year of the conference. They go above and beyond their service to community in collaboration with a service-learning or civic engagement initiative. These students lead and engage peers in meaningful service to meet community needs.
Graduate Student Award for Civic Engagement recognizes an individual or group of students that are enrolled (at least part time) as graduate students in the academic year of the conference. They go above and beyond their service to community in collaboration with a service-learning or civic engagement initiative. The students lead and engage peers in meaningful service to meet community needs.
The Community Partner Recognition Award recognize an individual and/or organization that partners with faculty, staff, and/or students to encourage and assist in the integration of service-learning practices through curricula and culture. They promote the importance of service-learning within their organizations and mentor service-learning students. They also assist and support reflection of community-identified needs in relation to student experiences.