Outstanding Community Engaged Scholar Award

The Outstanding Community-Engaged Scholar Award (OCESA) was created in 2020 by the Community Engagement Council. Given annually, the award recognizes impactful community-engaged scholarship by faculty at the University of Washington Bothell. UW Bothell defines community engagement as the collaboration between institutions of higher education 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. 

This work may be short- or long- term, be undertaken with single or multiple partners, and should have been active within the past three years at UW Bothell. It may be focused on teaching and learning, research, creative work, policy, democratic participation, or community building. All faculty are eligible (tenured, tenure-track, full and part-time lecturers, artists-in-residents). 

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, and community partners. We encourage faculty to self-nominate and apply – you do not need to be nominated by someone to apply. 

Selection process

The selection process will be facilitated by the VCAA office. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee appointed by the VCAA that will include a faculty member, staff member and student engaged in work with community partners. The committee will communicate with the VCAA the names of the top nominees along with a recommendation for the award recipient.

Criteria for selection

  • Strong and productive working relationship with community partners; and/or evidence of building that relationship over time
  • Strong evidence of community engagement integrated within at least two of the three dimensions of scholarship (teaching, research or creative practice, and service)
  • Alignment with UW Bothell’s Strategic Initiatives: Campus and Community Engagement, Diversity & Equity, and Cross Disciplinary Teaching and Scholarship
  • Qualities of ​reciprocity and mutual respect
  • Community engagement scholarship has impact and/or potential for impact
  • At least three years working at UW Bothell prior to nomination


Nominations for the 2023 Community-Engaged Scholar Award are closed.

Past Recipients

2023 – Jody Early
2022 – Dong Si
2021 – Gülru Özkan-Seely
2020 – Deborah Hathaway