Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty

Funding Agency:
Brown University

Sponsored by the Swearer Center at Brown University in partnership with 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 their 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 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 academic expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders and reflects the mission of the institution.

Community engagement is defined by relationships between those in the university and those outside the university that are grounded in the qualities of reciprocity, mutual respect, shared authority and co-creation of goals and outcomes. Such relationships are by their very nature trans-disciplinary (knowledge transcending the disciplines and the college or university) and asset-based (where the strengths, skills and knowledges of those in the community are validated and legitimized).

Deadline: June 1, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Only full-time faculty from U.S. public and not-for-profit college 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.
  • 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 previously may be re-nominated. Please complete a new application.


  • 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 affiliation of additional nominators.
  • 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.

Funding Type



Junior Faculty


Arts & Humanities
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 1, 2019