Outstanding Public Service Award

The Outstanding Public Service Award was created in 2020 by the Community Engagement Council. UW Bothell values the many staff and faculty members who engage in service independent of their positions on campus. Aligned with the Carnegie Foundation’s purpose of community engagement, this award recognizes staff and faculty service efforts that address critical societal issues; contribute to an engaged citizenry; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; and contribute to the public good. 


Permanent staff positions (classified and professional) and all faculty (tenured and tenure-track faculty, teaching faculty, full- and part-time lecturers, and artists-in-residents) are eligible to apply. Applicants must have worked at UW Bothell for at least two years prior to applying. 

Nomination and application procedure 

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, or by a member of an organization that has benefited from the public service activity by completing the nomination form. A nomination is not required for a faculty or staff member to apply and does not affect a faculty or staff member’s chances of being selected. 

To be considered for the 2024 award, faculty and staff members should complete the application form by Friday, April 5, 2024

Criteria for selection 

Public service work may be short- or long-term, may be undertaken with single or multiple partners, and may be local, state, national, or global service work. The employee should be active with service work within the past two years of working at UW Bothell. Service work needs to be performed without compensation. It may be uncompensated consulting work within one’s area of expertise, or volunteer work in other areas.  

  • Evidence of impact through service efforts. 
  • Service activity contributed to one or multiple of the Carnegie Foundation’s purpose of community engagement: address critical societal issues; contribute to an engaged citizenry; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; and/or contribute to the public good. 
  • Alignment with UW Bothell’s Mission, Vision, and Core Values 
    • Mission: 
      • access to higher education 
      • life-long learning 
      • build an inclusive and supportive community of learning and incorporate multicultural content and diverse perspectives on ethnic and racial groups, gender, sexual orientation, social class, and special needs 
      • foster productive relationships with the employment community and promote a strong public service commitment 
    • Vision:  
      • serve as a catalyst to enhance the quality of life throughout our region 
      • committed to disciplined inquiry and responsible service 
      • valued in the community 
    • Core Values: 
      • transformational education 
      • engaged scholarship 
      • inclusive culture 

Review committee

Applications are reviewed by a committee appointed by the chancellor that includes a faculty member, staff member and student who work with community partners. The committee uses an evaluation rubric based on the criteria above when reviewing each applicant’s materials. The committee submits to the chancellor the names of the top candidates and a recommendation for the award recipient. 

Past recipients

2024: Felicity Abeyta 
2023: Shauna Elbers Carlisle 
2021: Maria Lamarca Anderson 
2020: Dani Rowland