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Provost/Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award

March 31, 2020 Message from Netter Center Director: 

Given the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, the Provost and I have decided to cancel the Provost-Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award this year.  We felt that we would not be able to appropriately recognize the great work of the award recipients under these circumstances.  We look forward to updating you on the timeline for submissions in 2020-2021.

The Provost/Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award is an annual award that 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

Timeline for 2020-2021 TBA.

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.