UNT Foundation Community Engagement Award


Award Description

The UNT Foundation Community Engagement Award recognizes UNT faculty whose careers are marked by sustained activities that systematically and effectively advance mutual university-community engagement, successfully address important community issues through collaborative initiatives, and create intellectual products respected by peers within and beyond the academy. UNT’s Community Engagement recipients are those individuals who have the sensitivity to understand and work across organizational cultures and boundaries; the leadership to build bridges among community institutions and to make university and community institutions intelligible to and supportive of each other; and the capacity to develop new and productive projects and relationships that embody the university’s central commitment to its community engagement mission. The annual award carries a one-time $5,000 payment and an engraved commemorative gift.



To be eligible, nominees must:

  • have served the University of North Texas for a minimum of five years.
  • be a full-time tenure-track /tenured faculty member in good standing at the time of the nomination.
  • demonstrate sustained exemplary community engagement and have a minimum of two distinct engagement initiatives with actively involved community partners that achieve multiple successful outcomes.


Submission Process

All nominations for awards to take effect on September 1, 2020 should be submitted using the Salute to Faculty Excellence Awards Nomination portal. Here is the link: https://vpaa.unt.edu/nominate. If you have any questions please contact Annie Garcia at Ana.Garcia@unt.edu or (940) 565-3987.



All completed nomination packets must be received by the Office for Faculty Success by October 25, 2019. See the Call for Nominations for specific details.


Award Recipients


Faculty Member


2019-2020 Shahla Ala'i-Rosales Behavior Analysis
2018-2019 Bradford Charles Leali Jazz Studies
2017-2018 Young Hoon Kim Hospitality & Tourism Management
2016-2017 Mariela Nunez-Janes Anthropology
2015-2016 Jean Keller Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation
2014-2015 Donna Emmanuel Music Education
2013-2014 Stanley R. Ingman Public Affairs & Community Service
2012-2013 Ruthanne Thompson Biological Sciences
2011-2012 Arminta Jacobson Educational Psychology