2016 Lynton Award Call for Nominations


Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), Merrimack College’s Graduate Higher Education Program, and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), the annual
Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a full-time faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts*, and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. 

Community engagement describes the collaboration between faculty and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.   —Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Lynton Award emphasizes community-engaged scholarly work across faculty roles. The scholarship of engagement (also known as outreach scholarship, public scholarship, scholarship for the common good, community-based scholarship, and community-engaged scholarship) represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member's expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution. In addition, NERCHE and CED conceptualize scholarly engagement in terms of social justice in a diverse democracy. 

This year’s award will be presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), "Charting the Future of Metropolitan Universities,” which will be held from October 23-25, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Award Eligibility:

  • Only full-time faculty from U.S. public and private not-for-profit colleges and universities are eligible for the Award.
  • A faculty member who submits tenure materials for review prior to the Lynton Award application deadline is not eligible to apply for the Award.

Lynton Award Nominations:

  • Nominations can be made by academic colleagues, administrators, students, and community partners.  Each nominator should aim to present a comprehensive account of the nominee’s community-engaged teaching, research, and service, and their integration. To this end, the application provides for the inclusion of the names and affiliations of additional nominators (see Section Three of this document). Further, endorsements from individuals familiar with one or more aspects of the nominee’s work can be included in the supporting documentation (see Section I.D.).
  • In cases in which multiple individuals submit a single application for the nomination of a faculty member, one person should be designated as the primary nominator responsible for completing and submitting the application. Additional nominators can be noted in the appropriate section of the application.
  • More than one faculty member from a single college or university may be nominated. Please complete separate applications for each nominee.
  • Individuals who have been nominated in previous years can be re-nominated.

Nominators submitted nominations via an online application.  The application deadline was April 8, 2016.

Frequently asked questions about the Lynton Award are answered here.  If you have other questions, please contact the Lynton Award Coordinator, Elaine Ward, at Merrimack College’s Graduate Higher Education Program in the School of Education and Social Policy by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject line: “Lynton Award Help”) or by phone at (781) 812-9112.

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