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The Engaged Scholar Award recognizes the collaboration/partnership between Concordia faculty/staff/student members and a community organization for their exemplary contributions to community-engaged scholarship. One Engaged Scholar Award will be presented annually by the Office of the Provost in conjunction with the Office of Community Engagement.  

Call for Nominations

Extended Deadline : April 7, 2020


Community engaged-scholarship is the collaboration between academics and individuals or organizations outside the academy, in the context of partnership and reciprocity. It can involve generating, validating, synthesizing, or applying knowledge at the local, regional, national or global level. Community is broadly defined to include non-profits or non-registered citizen efforts, social enterprises, governmental agencies and institutions.


All current Concordia faculty, staff and students who have partnered with an external group or organization on an academic project are eligible to self-nominate or be nominated for the Engaged Scholar Award. 

  • Student: includes those who are pursuing full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree studies.

  • Faculty: includes those who are full-time, part-time, tenured, non-tenured and limited term appointments. 

  • Staff: includes those who are full-time, part-time, open to all departments, faculties, units.

Nomination Criteria

In addition to providing contact information for the nominee and nominator, you will have the opportunity to describe:

  • The community engaged scholarship initiative and the contribution made by the nominee.

  • How the community was involved in planning, implementing and evaluating the initiative.

  • The ways in which this initiative met community-identified needs.

  • The impact this initiative had on teaching, learning and/or research at Concordia.

Nomination Process

To submit a nomination for an Engaged Scholar Award, please complete the nomination form online and provide one letter of support from the Community Partner who can attest to the impact of the nominee’s contributions to community engaged scholarship.

Nomination deadline 

Letter(s) of support and the completed nomination online form must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 7, 2020.

Letters of support should be sent to the Office of Community Engagement at

Any questions about the nomination process should be directed to the Office of Community Engagement at

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee coordinated by the Office of Community Engagement and will be evaluated along the following criteria:

Quality of Partnership 

  • Was the community involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating the engaged scholarship activities? 

  • In what ways does this community-university partnership demonstrate the following values: sustained relationships; mutual reciprocity; ethical practice; and engaged citizenship.

Impact on community

  • Does the work meet community-identified needs in a way that the community appreciates? 

  • How do the activities undertaken address larger social issues?

Impact on scholarship

  • Do the engaged scholarship activities enhance teaching, learning and/or research at Concordia? 

  • In what ways has the community-university partnership linked directly to the academic objectives of the student and/or faculty?

Selection Committee

The Selection Committee will be chaired by the Office of Community Engagement staff. 

Other departments who may be represented on the selection committee are:

  • Partnerships and Experiential Learning
  • SHIFT Center for Social Transformation
  • Office of Research
  • Dean of Students
  • Community partner


All nominators will be notified by email regarding the outcome of the selection process. 

The Concordia faculty/staff/student and community partner will be invited to the Provost Awards Celebration. This prestigious awards ceremony will include the President's Excellence in Teaching Awards, the Provost's Circle of Distinction,  the Academic Leadership Award and the Graduate Mentoring Award.

The Engaged Scholar Award recipients will receive a certificate from the Office of the Provost. The community partner will be presented with a $1000 contribution for their organization provided by the Office of Community Engagement.

Contact us

If you would like your project or partnership featured on this website
please contact the Office of Community Engagement

Phone: 514-848-2424 ext. 5840
Office of Community Engagement

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