Outstanding Public Service Award

Outstanding Public Service Award

// Application deadline: March 25, 2020

Overview of 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.  

This 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. 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. Permanent staff positions (classified and professional) and all faculty (tenured, tenure-track, full and part-time lecturers, artists-in-residents) are eligible.

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, or by a member of an organization that has benefited from the public service activity. We encourage staff and faculty to self-nominate and apply - you do not need to be nominated by someone to apply. 

  • To nominate a staff or faculty member, please complete this nomination form by Friday, March 13 (provide name and email of nominee). 
  • Application for nominee due Wednesday, March 25. 

Evidence for evaluation

Nominee will be asked to submit the following:

  1. Background information: Name, title, department/school, email, number of years worked at UW Bothell.
  2. Describe your service activities, partnership(s), and impact of service activities. Word limit: 350
  3. Describe how your service efforts align with one or multiple of the Carnegie Foundation standards: address critical societal issues; contribute to an engaged citizenry; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; and/or contribute to the public good. Word limit: 200
  4. Describe how the dimensions of your service activities align with either the mission, vision, and/or values of UW Bothell. Word limit: 200
  5. Please include one -two nominating letters that should not exceed two single-spaced typed pages. One letter of support needs to be from a community partner. CHANGE as of 5.17- due to COVID-19 impact on many of our regional partners, you do NOT need to submit a partner letter of support as part of your application. If you already have a letter, please submit is as part of #5, but this is not a requirement. 
    The letters should include the following:
    1. whether the nominee received compensation for the activity
    2. an explanation of the effort and the time period in which it occurred 
    3. define impact and describe how award candidate makes an impact through their service
    4. a description of the service

Award criteria

  • 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 one or multiple UW Bothell’s Mission 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
    • Core Values:
      • transformational education
      • engaged scholarship
      • inclusive culture 
    • At least two years working at UW Bothell prior to nomination 

Selection and recognition

Award recipients will be selected by a committee managed by the Community Engagement Council using the award criteria above. Award winner recognized at annual staff or faculty recognition event.  Award winners serve as role models to other staff and faculty on campus, and will be asked to serve as a resource for other staff, faculty, and the campus community. Award recipient will be asked to participate in the spring Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon.

Recognition: one annual reward of $2,000

Timeline of award

Award announced: February 21, 2020

Nomination deadline: March 25, 2020

Selection: April 24, 2020

For more information, contact Kara Adams (caseykl@uw.edu)