Civic Engagement Awards
The PSU Center for Academic Excellence showcases and celebrates the civic engagement efforts of PSU faculty, department/programs, and their community partners and offers awards for exemplary civic engagement efforts. These awards acknowledge the importance of civic engagement in all facets of university life. Individual faculty, community partners, and departments/programs are eligible to apply for these awards. Please click on the following links to read more about past award winners.
2012 Civic Engagement Awards - PSU President Wim Wiewel opened the Award Celebration and outgoing Provost Roy Koch conferred the awards and was honored for his legacy of civic engagement at the campus-wide celebration on May 24, 2012 featuring keynote speaker Dr. Timothy Eatman.
Past Awards and Celebrations:
2011 Civic Engagement Awards - Keynote Speaker Paul Loeb has spent over thirty years researching and writing about citizen responsibility and empowerment--asking what makes some people choose lives of social commitment, while others abstain. Author of Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in Challenging Times; The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear; and The Death of Nietzsche's Zarathustra. Loeb is an Associated Scholar at Seattle's Center for Ethical Leadership. Click here to view list of winners in the 2011 Celebration program booklet.
2010 Celebrating 10 Years of Civic Engagement Awards!- More than 110 competitive, peer-reviewed awards have been conferred to faculty and community partners over the past decade at Portland State University. The 2010 event celebrated this legacy of partnerships with PSU Presdient Wim Wiewel and Provost Roy Koch. Honored guests also included the Superintendent of Portland Public Schools, Carole Smith, and Multnomah County Chair, Jeff Cogan, who each provided an overview of how partnerships with PSU have helped their organizations improve the quality of life in the region.
2009 Civic Engagement Awards- Dr. Harry Boyte, founder and co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, helped celebrate excellence in civic engagement by serving as the keynote speaker at this event. Winners were announced on May 20, 2009. Click here to view list of winners in the 2009 Celebration program booklet.
2008 Civic Engagement Awards- Thomas Ehrlich, Carnegie Foundation Senior Scholar and co-director of the Political Engagement Project, and the Business, Entrepreneurship, and Liberal Learning project, helped us honor award recipients as the keynote speaker at this event. Winners were announced on May 29, 2008. Click here to view list of winners in the 2008 Celebration program booklet.
2007 Civic Engagement Awards- Peggy O'Brien, Senior Vice President for Education at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, served as the featured speaker at this event. Drawing from her experience as co-chair of the AAC&U's National Leadership Council and their report entitled College Learning for the New Global Century, she opened the awards with her perspective on what a superior college education really looks like, and the role of social responsibility in education and in life. Winners were awarded May 17, 2007.
2006 Civic Engagement Awards- Neil Keny-Guyer, director of Mercy Corps, opened this celebration with a speech on the power of engagement between the academic departments of the university and its community. Winners were awarded on May 18, 2006.