The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a full-time faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts,* and who connects their teaching, research and service to community engagement. The Swearer Center at Brown University and Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities committed to the public purposes of higher education, are partnering to present the Lynton Award–as well as the Thomas Ehrlich Civially Engaged Faculty Award for Senior Faculty. 

Community engagement describes the collaboration between faculty and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity. - Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Lynton Award emphasizes community-engaged scholarly work across faculty roles. The scholarship of engagement represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member's academic expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders and reflects the mission of the institution.

Community engagement is defined by relationships between those in the university and those outside the university that are grounded in the qualities of reciprocity, mutual respect, shared authority and co-creation of goals and outcomes. Such relationships are by their very nature trans-disciplinary (knowledge transcending the disciplines and the college or university) and asset-based (where the strengths, skills and knowledge of those in the community are validated and legitimized).

News: Dr. Cristina Santamaría Graff Receives 2019 Lynton Award & Dr. Diya Abdo Receives 2019 Ehrlich Award (September 25, 2019)


In short, the domain of knowledge has no one-way streets. Knowledge does not move from the locus of research to the place of application, from scholar to practitioner, teacher to student, expert to client. It is everywhere fed back, constantly enhanced. We need to think of knowledge in an ecological fashion, recognizing the complex, multifaceted and multiply-connected system by means of which discovery, aggregation, synthesis, dissemination and application are interconnected and interacting in a wide variety of ways.

– Ernest Lynton, "Knowledge and Scholarship" (1994)

Vol 29 No 4 (2018): Legacy Lived: A Generation of Ernest A. Lynton Award Recipients Advancing Community-Engaged Scholarship and Institutional Change

In 1990, soon after the founding of CUMU, the first issue of Metropolitan Universitiesjournal was published. It was, as it is today, devoted to the ‘nature and challenges’ of metropolitan universities. Ernest A. Lynton, whose work and dedication to creating effective collaborations between campus, community, and commerce led to the formation of CUMU, served as executive editor. Nearly 30 years later, Lynton’s legacy lives on. This issue highlights the impact of Lynton’s work and how his vision for strong faculty and university engagement expanded views of scholarship and epistemology that carries on through the work of faculty and campuses across the country.

Published: 2018-12-19