Engaged Faculty Award
The Engaged Faculty Award (previously the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award) recognizes one faculty member in the state for exemplary engaged teaching and scholarship, including leadership that advances students’ community and civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, and building institutional commitments to service-learning and community engagement. The award is presented during the PACE conference.
Nominations for the 2020 Engaged Faculty Award closed on December 16, 2019. The award will be presented on February 12, 2020 at the PACE conference.
Between 2006 – 2017, NC Campus Compact presented the Robert L. Sigmon Service Learning Award recognizing one faculty member in the NC Campus Compact network who made significant contributions toward furthering the practice of service-learning. The award was named in honor of Robert L. Sigmon (bio), service-learning pioneer and North Carolina native. In 1967, along with Bill Ramsay and Wendell Russell, he coined the phrase “service-learning” to better describe the community-based internships they facilitated at the Southern Regional Education Board. In 2009, Mr. Sigmon donated his personal library and research to Elon University to create the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Collection. In 2016, the archive was digitized and is now available online.
In 2017 Sigmon humbly expressed his desire that his name be removed from the award because “it is the service-learning movement in its many variations, rather than any one or two individuals who need to be recognized. The S-L language has now had a 50 year run with all kinds of frameworks added and subtracted.” To honor his wishes we have expanded the award beyond service-learning to recognize other forms of engaged teaching and learning. We have adopted the eligibility and criterion of the national Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning which we believe reflects this expanded view of the service-learning field. Sigmon also reminded us that the “the key factor in service-learning relationships is the acceptance of the potential learning for all the parties involved as well as the recognition that each can be of some service or help with the others.” As a result we launched the Community Partner Award in 2019.