Maryland-DC Campus Compact 2017 Awards


Nominations OPEN

Deadline: Friday, June 9, 2017

Join us in highlighting and recognizing the great work people and programs are doing across our region. We have a wide variety of awards -- some for faculty, student groups, campus-community partnerships, community leaders, staff, and engaged campuses. Please see below for brief descriptions of each award.

  • To nominate an individual or program please download the MDCCC Awards Nomination packet and refer to the specific instructions for each award.
  • The awards nominations are due June 9th. Letters of support are required, so please start now!
  • Please email completed nomination forms to awards@mdccc.org.


Award Descriptions

The Maryland-DC Campus Compact annually recognizes excellence in leadership of civic engagement and service-learning in order to cultivate a culture of engagement throughout our region.





The Alan G. Penczek Service-Learning Faculty Award

Recognizes and honors one faculty member in each of the three higher education sectors (public universities, community colleges, independent colleges and universities) for excellence in the integration of service-learning into the curriculum and impact to students and the community. Applicants/nominees will be judged according to criteria expressed in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning (see attachment, Principles of Good Practice for Service-Learning Pedagogy).



The Early Career Engaged Scholarship Award

Recognizes and honors a scholar for his/her outstanding research in curricular and/or co-curricular service-learning which advances the field.



The Engaged Career Scholarship Award

Recognizes and honors a scholar for his/her outstanding research in curricular and/or co-curricular service-learning which advances the field.



The Excellence in Service Student Group Award

Recognizes and honors one student group in each of the three higher education sectors (public universities, community colleges, independent colleges and universities). Students’ applications/nominations are reviewed for leadership in and commitment to service projects that extend beyond any co-curricular requirements or course-based service-learning. Priority is given to groups which demonstrate that their project led to long-term, sustainable, community impact.



The Campus-Community Partnership Award

Recognizes one outstanding campus-community partnership that produces measurable impact in both student participants and the community. Consideration will be given for demonstrated sustainability, reciprocity, and mutual collaboration.



The Civic Engagement Award

Recognizes an individual or group who contributes to the development of civic learning and engagement according to the criteria expressed in the Michigan Journal of Community Service Goal Categories for Purposeful Civic Learning (modified by Maryland-DC Campus Compact). Nominees may be a faculty member who uses service-learning, a campus-community partnership, a volunteer office, or another collegiate program that yields civic outcomes.



The Institutional Leadership Award

Recognizes and honors one individual for outstanding contributions to the institutionalization of community engagement, by inspiring a culture of service/civic and community engagement on the campus and involving community voice in the development of partnerships and the campus. This award honors a person who has contributed to the overall success of campus-community collaboration and advanced community engagement at their university.



The Engaged Campus Award

Recognizes institutions of higher education for exemplary commitment to being a “community-engaged campus.” Applicants/nominees will be judged according to criteria expressed in Dr. Andrew Furco’s rubric for institutionalization of service-learning and Carnegie criteria. This is the region’s highest award for a community-engaged campus which is actively seeking to “fulfill the public purposes of higher education.”



The Civic Leadership Award

Recognizes an individual who has contributed substantially to the development of civic and community engagement in the Maryland-DC region. Nominees may be public servants, non-profit, or other community leaders who have helped to create a culture of community-engagement and improved community life within the Maryland-DC region (or beyond).



William E. “Brit” Kirwan Engaged Leader Award.

Recognizes and honors an individual for his or her lifetime contributions as a systemic-change agent. This individual has helped to shape policy to advance communities, ultimately elevating the quality of collective life throughout the Maryland-DC region and beyond.


For more information about the 2014 MDCCC Awards
please email awards@mdccc.org or call 301.696.3280.