ADP Civic Engagement Award Nominations & National Meeting Announced

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Our friends with the American Democracy Project have been busy recently, and we wanted to make sure to update our NCDD members on a few important things they have coming up – namely, two civic engagement award nomination processes and the 2014 ADP national meeting.

First, we want to let our higher education-based members know that the ADP has opened its nomination period for both of its annual civic engagement awards, both with an April 11th deadline for nominations. The two awards are described below:

The William M. Plater Award for Leadership In Civic Engagement is given in recognition of exemplary leadership 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. The Award is given each year to an AASCU chief academic officer (e.g., Provosts or Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs) in recognition of his or her leadership in advancing the civic mission of the campus… the award acknowledges the critical leadership role that chief academic officers play in helping make an institution intentional about its public mission to prepare undergraduates as informed, engaged citizens.

You can find more details on the William M. Plater Award and download the nomination form here.

The second award is similar, but aimed at up and coming of higher ed civic leaders:

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. The award is given annually to an exemplary early-career leader at an AASCU institution (e.g., tenure track faculty member, staff or adjunct in first five years of career)… It recognizes John’s long-standing passion for nurturing and preparing the next generation of civic leaders to sustain and advance the civic engagement movement.

Details on the John Saltmarsh Award and the nomination form can be found here.

The winners of both of these awards will be announced at 2014 American Democracy Project and The Democracy Commitment National Meeting, which will take place from June 5th – 7th this year in Louisville, Kentucky.

The 2014 meeting theme is “Forging Civic Pathways for Students Between Our Institutions” and addresses the many ways in which we foster and might build more coherent civic learning and engagement experiences for students on our own campuses and those transferring between our two-year and four-year institutions.

The gathering will be a great place to connect with other engagement- and civics-focused leaders and scholars in higher education, so we encourage you to save the date. You can find more information on the gathering and registration here. There is also a call for presentation proposals for the conference, which will be open until February 16th, and we encourage you to submit your proposal by clicking here.

Good luck to all the award nominees, and we hope to see you at the conference!

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