The MSU Institutional Champion Award for Community Engagement Scholarship is conferred upon one university leader, faculty member, team, or initiative each year for leadership in institutionalizing community-engaged scholarship and university outreach. This award program is jointly sponsored by the offices of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and the Assistant Provost for Faculty and Academic Staff Development.


Nominations are invited representing individuals and groups drawn broadly from university leadership and/or the faculty, as well as major initiatives undertaken by them. Nominations are expected to be of either:

  • a university leader (e.g., executive management, deans, associate/assistant deans, department chairpersons, school directors),
  • a ranked faculty member (tenure system or fixed term),
  • a group of university leaders and/or faculty members, or
  • an initiative led by university leaders and/or faculty members.


  • Nomination deadline extended: November 17, 2023
  • Nominees are informed of selection committee decision: December 2023
  • Award is conferred at the University Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony: March 21, 2024

Nomination Instructions

Nominations may be initiated by university leaders, faculty, staff, students, and community partners. Self-nominations are welcome. Individuals nominating others for this award are encouraged to involve the prospective nominee in preparing the nomination.

Only complete nominations comprised of all the following elements will be considered:

  1. Nomination cover page (in online nomination form)
  2. Nomination narrative (maximum of 4 pages)
    1-4 page text that describes (a) the nominee’s efforts to encourage, nurture, and/or support scholarly community engagement by faculty, staff, and/or students, and (b) the impact of those efforts on advancing the institutionalization of community-engaged scholarship and university outreach at Michigan State University. Note: The community engagement advanced by the nominee may occur any place geographically and may include international community engagement.
  3. Appendices/Supporting materials (maximum of 3 pages)
    1-3 pages that illustrate the scope and impact of the work and/or provide evidence of the quality of the nominee’s efforts. Could include such materials as: a letter of support from university personnel or students impacted by the nominee’s efforts; a list of links to news releases, videos, blogposts, or podcasts that mention the work; infographics related to the project/activity; etc.

All nominations must be submitted through the online Institutional Champion Award for Community Engagement Scholarship Nomination Form no later than November 17, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern).


Prospective nominees and interested others may direct questions about this recognition program to Julie Crowgey,