Awards & Recognitions

The International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) is the only international organization whose expressed primary purpose is to cultivate, encourage, and present research across all engagement forms and educational levels. IARSLCE connects scholars around the world to advance knowledge on service-learning and community engagement.

IARSLCE is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 recognitions. Nominations for recognitions are due by October 16, 2022 and should be submitted electronically to Luke Terra at [email protected]Self-nominations are welcome. All nominees will be notified of their status in November, and recipients and their nominators will be invited to a recognition event with the IARSLCE membership in early 2023. 

We also rely on our membership to serve on review committees and select our recipients. If you are willing to serve as a reviewer, please email Luke Terra at [email protected].

General Information

 

The Distinguished Career Award acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through a body of work that has broad and deep impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken. 

The Early Career Award acknowledges and celebrates intellectual leadership through an emerging body of work that has begun to demonstrate broad and deep impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken. 

The Dissertation Award acknowledges and celebrates a dissertation that advances research on service-learning and community engagement through rigorous and innovative inquiry and has the potential for impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken. 

The Publication of the Year Award acknowledges and celebrates the author(s) of a single published scholarly article, book chapter, book, or book series that has had a significant impact on the study and/or practice of service-learning and community engagement, including the communities, cultures, and systems within which it is undertaken.

The International Research Award recognizes excellence in research and scholarship that advances the study and practice of service-learning and community engagement within and/or across borders and cultures, expanding knowledge on cultural, regional, and national practices in service-learning and community engagement theory and practice, especially work that centers or engages in non-US contexts.  

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award recognizes excellence in research and scholarship that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion in the study and practice of service-learning and community engagement (SLCE). The purpose of the award is to recognize research that focuses specifically on a) the needs and experiences of diverse stakeholders in SLCE; b) practices that promote equity for marginalized or underserved communities; and c) strategies that make SLCE projects - and the field as a whole - more inclusive of diverse communities and perspectives. 

The Community Outcomes and Impact Award recognizes excellence in service-learning and community engaged research that advances community outcomes and impacts. While all SLCE scholarship should contribute to community-based stakeholders, this award recognizes research that has had a significant impact on an organization or program, and/or measurably benefited a community.  

The Public Scholarship Award recognizes excellent interdisciplinary research that has a demonstrable ameliorative impact on pressing public issues with a special focus on the knowledge needs of policymakers and practitioners. This award recognizes research that generates non-traditional scholarly products, presented in a manner that is widely accessible to targeted audiences and/or the general public. Such work might include policy briefs, program evaluations, white papers, reports, translations of scientific or other scholarly findings, site revitalization plans, concept maps, videos, or other creative products designed to respond to and inform broader publics.

Past Recipients

Dissertation:
2008: Julie Hatcher, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis and Emily Janke, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (co-recipients)
2009: Alan Bloomgarden, University of Massachusetts Amherst
2010: Katrina Norvell, Portland State University and Elaine Ward, Dublin Institute of Technology (co-recipients)
2011: Stephanie T. Stokamer, Portland State University
2012: Lina Dostilio, Duquesne University
2013: Travis York, The Pennsylvania State University
2014: Kendra Brewster, City University of New York
2015: Cynthia Toms, Westmont College
2016: Nora Pillard Reynolds, Temple University
2017: Kristi Farner, University of Georgia
2018: Elisabeth Fornaro, Temple University
2019: Thomas Dahan, Rutgers University, Camden
2020: Dr. Colleen Rost-Banik, University of Minnesota
2021: Dr. Melissa Quan, University of Massachusetts Boston

Early Career Research Award:
2008: KerryAnn O’Meara, University of Maryland College Park
2009: Nicholas Long, Providence College
2010: Timothy Eatman, Syracuse University
2011: Tania Smith, Stanford University
2012: Emily Janke, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
2013: Eric Hartman, Providence College
2016: Stephanie Stokamer, Pacific University
2017: Amy Cook, University of Massachusetts Boston
2018: Danielle Lake, Grand Valley State University and Timothy Shaffer, Kansas State University (co-recipients)
2021: Dr. Clare Cannon, University of California at Davis

Distinguished Career Award:
2003: Andrew Furco, University of California at Berkeley
2004: Robert Bringle, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
2005: Sherril Gelmon, Portland State University
2006: Barbara Holland, National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
2007: Janet Eyler, Vanderbilt University
2008: Shelley Billig, RMC Research Corporation
2009: Dwight Giles, Jr., University of Massachusetts Boston
2010: Barbara Moely, Tulane University
2011: Jeffrey Howard, Depaul University
2012: Rahima Wade, University of Iowa (posthumous)
2013: Lorilee Sandmann, University of Georgia
2014: Sarena Seifer, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
2015: Edward Zlotkowski, Bentley University
2016: Barbara Jacoby, University of Maryland, College Park
2017: Julie Hatcher, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
2018: Patti H. Clayton
2019: Nadine Peterson, University of Johannesburg
2020: Nadinne Cruz
2021: Dr. Jean Strait

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award
2019: Tania Mitchell, University of Minnesota
2020: Professor Darren E. Lund (University of Calgary)International Award Recipient
2021: Dr. Éilish Burke, Ussher Assistant Professor in Ageing and Intellectual Disability at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, and Associate Director of the Trinity Centre for Ageing and Intellectual Disability

Public Scholarship Award
2019: Dotte Agency, University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design
2021: Dr. Marianne LeGreco, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Community Outcomes and Impact Award
2019: Montagnard Dega Association / Montagnard American Association
2020: Professor Tom Dee (Stanford University), Professor Emily Penner (University of California Irvine), and Assistant Superintendent Bill Sanderson (San Francisco Unified School District)
2021: Dr. Katherine Kim, Adjunct Associate Professor at UC Davis School of Medicine and Principal at Health Science and Consumer Health Informatics at MITRE
International Research Award

2020:  Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Service-Learning and Leadership Office

Publication of the Year Award
2020: Dr. Elizabeth Yomantas of Pepperdine University for her chapter “Decolonizing Knowledge and Fostering Critical Allyship,” which appears in the book Teaching and Learning for Social Justice and Equity in Higher Education (Parson & Ozaki, 2020)
2021: Dr. Rachael Shah, Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, for her book Rewriting Partnerships: Community Perspectives of Community-Based Learning (Utah State University Press)