The Honey W. Nashman Center Faculty Awards for Community Engaged Scholarship

These annual Faculty Awards recognize excellence in community engaged scholarship and teaching. Award recipients demonstrate GW’s values for this work. Their community engagement strengthens their scholarship (teaching, research, or creative activities), and their scholarship enhances the quality of the community partnership and the community outcomes.

The Honey W. Nashman Community Engaged Teaching Award: Recognizes teaching practice that meaningfully engages students in community partnerships for both community benefit and transformational student learning outcomes.

The Honey W. Nashman Community Engaged Scholar Award: Recognizes research, scholarship, and creative activities that occur in the context of reciprocal community partnerships, for enhanced scholarly and community outcomes.

Applications are due annually on December 1st with selections announced in January.

Award Criteria

Academic outcomes: The community engagement clearly contributes to the quality of the scholarly work/learning outcomes.

Community outcomes: Partnerships leverage the community’s assets to have positive outcomes for community equity and wellbeing, addressing a need identified by the community. For example, the development of expanded economic opportunity, greater equity of opportunity for quality education or health, improved social capital and civic engagement, etc.

Reciprocal partnership: Initiatives involve mutually beneficial collaboration between GW faculty and/or students and a community partner, such as a nonprofit organization, government agency, K12 school/district, or business partner. Community partners are empowered by the relationship, equitably involved in decision-making, and valued for their knowledge, perspective, and contribution.Sustained commitment. Demonstration of on-going commitment to the campus-community partnership.

Inclusive eligibility: GW faculty from all academic disciplines and fields and all contract types (pre-tenure, tenure, contract, adjunct, etc.) are eligible to apply.


Apply online by December 1. The online application steps include:

  • Enter basic information (name, title, department, etc.)
  • Upload as a PDF document, a description of your community engaged scholarship in teaching, research or creative activity. (Word limit: 1000 words). This description should address the selection criteria above, providing evidence where possible.
  • Upload as a PDF document, a letter of support from a community partner, addressing the selection criteria as they can.
  • Indicate whether you have reported your community engaged scholarship activities on Givepulse. If you have, please be sure to share your impact with the Givepulse Community Engaged Scholarship Subgroup.

Previous Recipients

Dr. Sean Cleary, Epidemiology, School of Public Health

Dr. Sean Cleary, Epidemiology, School of Public Health

2020 Community Engaged Faculty of the Year

Dr. Cleary has over ten years of experience in community engaged scholarship, including both his teaching and research. In PUBH 6299: The Autism Experience a Public Health Perspective, students serve with local community organizations and build relationships with local autistics who join them during class. Informed by these experiences and relationships, students then complete research and advocacy projects in collaboration with community members. Cleary sought input and feedback from local non-speaking, autistic young adults in the design of the course itself.

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View the Nashman course report.

Dr. Erin Athey, School of Nursing

Dr. Erin Athey, School of Nursing

2020 Community Engaged Researcher of the Year

Dr. Erin Athey’s clinical, research, and teaching work is grounded in community partnerships here in DC. Her Barbershop Embedded Education initiative (funded in part from the Nashman Center Faculty Development Grant) addresses mental and behavioral health through a partnership with the Ward 8 Health Council, local health professionals and barbers. The program provides public health education through everyday interpersonal encounters within organizations like barbershops. Athey and her students introduced Mobile Health Clinics to affordable housing properties in Wards 7 and 8, including COVID testing. Athey’s next project will create on-site clinics and health education programs in public housing buildings, connecting students in GW Nursing courses to local DC residents.