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 November 1st with selections announced in January.

Award Criteria

Community Outcomes

Partnerships address a need identified by the community, leveraging the community’s assets to have positive outcomes for community equity and well being. For example, expanded economic opportunity, 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 equitably involved in planning and decision-making, and valued for their knowledge, perspective, and contribution.

Academic outcomes

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

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 November 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 the Givepulse Community Engaged Scholarship Subgroup.