Provost/Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award

We are pleased to announce the Provost/Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award. This annual award recognizes Faculty-Community Partnership projects. The amount of the award is $10,000 ($5,000 to the faculty member and $5,000 to the community partner). The purpose of the award is to recognize sustained and productive university/community partnerships and to develop or enhance ongoing work. Junior and senior faculty along with senior lecturers and associated faculty from any of Penn’s 12 schools are eligible for nomination, together with their community partners. Please see below for the complete description and process of nomination. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this award, please direct them to the ABCS coordinator, Faustine Sun, at

Deadline: April 1

Criteria for Selection

(1) The community partnership project must be affiliated with the Netter Center for Community Partnerships i.e., engaged with Academically Based Community Service (ABCS), Problem Solving Learning (PSL) or Participatory Action Research (PAR) style pedagogy and/or research.
(2) The partnership project must demonstrate record of sustainable engagement.
(3) The faculty member can be an be Assistant, Associate, or Full professor, Senior Lecturer, or Associated Faculty.

Process of Nomination

(1) Nominations may come from members of the University and the wider community, though the strongest nominations will be those that represent both the university and the community.  
(2) Nominators should submit a completed packet (as outlined below) by April 1 of the given academic year to the ABCS coordinator at the Netter Center, who will submit applications to the review committee, comprised of faculty and community members.
(3) The review committee will submit their recommendations by April 15 to the Netter Center Director and the Provost, who will jointly make the final selection.  The award decision will be announced by May 1.

Nomination Packet

(1) Cover sheet including: Name, title, department, school, email adress of faculty member and name, title of organization, physical address, website (if available), and email adress of the community partner; a 100-word abstract describing the partnership, its impacts, and its potential for sustainability.
(2) Two letters of support (at least one must be from the community).
(3) A two-page biographical sketch/organizational description that highlights community engagement work of the nominees: faculty member and community partner. 
(4) 800-word document detailing the following items:

  • Description of the project: Include how the project was formulated, who participated, the target audience at Penn, methods of engagement/pedagogy, and what products were created.
  • Impact of the Project: Outline the community and academic expectations, successes, failures, and impacts of the project, both for the community and for the university.
  • Sustainability of the project: Describe how long the project has been in place, the adjustments that have been made to increase sustainability, and any future plans for further engagement with this project or for new related projects.

Award Winners

(1) For this award to remain tax-exempt, the award for the faculty member will be deposited in a University of Pennsylvania account to support teaching and research related activity.
(2) As long as the community partner is a non-profit organization, the award remains tax-exempt.