Howard R. Swearer Engaged Faculty Awards

The Howard R. Swearer Engaged Faculty Awards are annual awards that recognize and celebrate excellence in community-engaged scholarship by Brown University faculty. The Engaged Faculty Awards for Research and Teaching may also serve as a springboard for nominations to national awards such as the Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty and the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.


Two awards are presented annually:

  • The Engaged Faculty Award for Teaching recognizes innovative pedagogy that produces high-impact learning experiences and collaborative educational partnerships that address major social challenges and contribute to tangible public benefit.

  • The Engaged Faculty Award for Research honors faculty whose research engages community partners in reciprocal relationships to co-produce knowledge, resulting in public value and recognizable scholarly impacts in their field(s) of inquiry.

Each faculty award carries a $5,000 total prize, $3,000 of which goes to the faculty recipient’s department for their professional development, research, or other appropriate uses, and $2,000 to their designated community partner(s).


All regular faculty (including tenure-track and tenured), medical faculty, and term faculty (adjuncts, lecturers, visiting faculty, postdoctoral fellows) are eligible to apply for the Engaged Faculty Award for Research. All regular faculty and term faculty who teach undergraduate students are eligible to apply for the Engaged Faculty Award for Teaching. Faculty may nominate themselves for these awards or be nominated by other faculty, administrators, students, or community partners.


Nominations for the 2023 Engaged Faculty Awards will open in November 2022. Check back for details!

Nominations typically require a nomination form, a CV and a one-page statement from the nominee, and two letters of support (from faculty, students, and/or community partners).

Past Recipients

2022 Engaged Faculty Award Recipients – Dr. Kevin Escudero & Dr. Irene Glasser

2021 Engaged Faculty Award Recipients – Dr. David Sobel, Dr. Catherine Trimbur, and Dr. Rahul Vanjani

2020 Engaged Faculty Awards Recipients – Brad Brockmann '76, JD, MDiv & Dr. Elena Shih

2019 Engaged Faculty Awards Recipients – Dr. Keisha-Khan Y. Perry & Dr. Amy Remensnyder



Julie Plaut, Assistant Dean of the College and Director, Engaged Scholarship, Swearer Center: [email protected]