Nominations sought for faculty community-engaged learning award

The Office of Engagement Initiatives (OEI) is accepting nominations for the George D. Levy Faculty Award through May 3. This annual award recognizes a Cornell faculty member whose community partnerships serve as models for outstanding community-engaged learning in higher education.

“Through the Levy Award, we celebrate faculty who approach community-engaged learning with creativity, commitment and a spirit of collaboration,” said Basil Safi, executive director of OEI. “The relationships they build and the projects they lead advance student learning and have a positive impact on communities around the world.”

Previous recipients have been recognized for their partnerships focused on the U.S. labor movement, public health in Tanzania, farmworkers in New York state and more. Recipients receive $5,000 to deepen, sustain or strengthen the community partnership.

Cornell faculty, staff, students and community partners may nominate faculty for the honor. Self-nominations are also accepted.

The award, which was established by the Levy family in memory of George D. Levy MBA ’54, goes to a faculty member whose courses, research and other activities demonstrate:

  • shared or collaborative decision-making that incorporates community voice and reciprocity into the design, implementation and evaluation of the project;
  • community capacity building;
  • integrating community-engaged student learning outcomes into course design and delivery; and
  • planning for sustaining the community partnership.

The nomination includes a narrative description of the community-engaged partnership and how it demonstrates the award criteria, as well as statements of support from students and community partners. Find more information about the nomination process on the OEI website.

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