Call for Nominations for the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement

Nomination materials for the 2013 Saltmarsh Award are due Monday, April 8, 2013. The award 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.

large_john.saltmarshIn an effort to recognize, support and encourage the next generation of leaders in the civic engagement movement, the American Democracy Project established in 2011 a national award, the John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement. The award was named in honor of John Saltmarsh, the Co-Director of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, to recognize a long-standing passion of his: nurturing and preparing the next generation of civic leaders to sustain and advance the civic engagement movement.

The Saltmarsh Award is presented annually to an emerging leader in the civic engagement field from an AASCU institution or ADP Partner. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition and a check for $500. The Award recipient will be at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project in June in Denver.

In order to provide support for the Award in the future, the royalties from To Serve a larger Purpose”: Engagement for Democracy and the Transformation of Higher Education, a book edited by John Saltmarsh and Matthew Hartley (Temple University Press, 2011) are being donated in full to the award. We urge you to consider buying the book, not only for its content but also because your purchase of the book will help ensure the sustainability of the award. You can order the book through Temple University Press website.


Nominees should meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an academic professional working in higher education.
  • Be in the early phase of their career.
  • Be an faculty member, staff member, administrator or graduate student on an AASCU campus, across a group of AASCU campuses or in an ADP partner organization.

Nominees should also:

  • Demonstrate leadership, or possess extraordinary potential for future leadership, in building the wider civic engagement movement.
  • Demonstrate a passion for advancing the civic learning of undergraduates.
  • Demonstrate collaborative leadership.
  • Practice mentoring of others and commitment to mentoring new leaders.
  • Act as an organizational catalyst to change higher education and to model leadership for change.
  • Make an intellectual contribution to the development of the field and the movement.

Nomination and Selection Process
Emerging Leaders may be nominated by anyone. The nomination consists of the following: a complete cover sheet, a vitae or resume no longer than five (5) pages; and no more than five (5) additional pages of documentation in the form of a description of the nominee’s achievements, supporting letters, etc. All nomination materials should be collected and emailed in a single .pdf file. Nomination materialsfor the 2013 Saltmarsh Award are due Monday, April 8, 2013.

A special thank you to William Plater, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Emeritus at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, who generously supported the first two years of the award.

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