Texas Tech University

President's Exemplary Program Award

The President's Engaged Scholarship Awards Program recognizes Texas Tech faculty from all disciplines who demonstrate exemplary and sustained commitment to engagement with community partners. Recognized faculty apply their teaching, research, or creative activity to address a significant community need or larger social issue, trying to find solutions that may improve the quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. They actively collaborate with members of the community (locally, statewide, nationally, or globally), regarding them as equal partners in the process, sharing knowledge and expertise, and working together to generate new knowledge for the mutual benefit of both the community and the university.

Learn about the winners of the 2020 President's Exemplary Program Award!


This award recognizes TTU faculty for a well-established project or initiative that demonstrates commitment to addressing a community need or larger social issue through active collaboration with community partners. The award recognizes the depth and scope of the university-community partnerships involved in the project or initiative as well as the profound resulting impacts on both the community and the university (faculty, staff, or students).

The award recognizes up to two faculty-led projects or initiatives. Recipients will be recognized as part of the annual Regional Engaged Scholarship Symposium as well as the annual Faculty Honors Convocation.


The President's Engaged Scholarship Awards Program recognizes an individual faculty member or a team of faculty members for a project or initiative that demonstrates Exemplary Engaged Scholarship in each of the following ways:

  • It is designed to address a community need or larger social issue;
  • It is developed and sustained through reciprocal partnership between faculty and members of external communities;
  • It benefits the lives of individuals, families, and/or communities and positively impacts the university (faculty, staff, and/or students).
  • It exchanges and applies both discipline- and community-based knowledge and practices while generating new knowledge that is documented and shared with academic and/or public audiences through scholarly publications, presentations, or public scholarship.


  1. Eligible projects or initiatives must be led by a TTU faculty member or group of TTU faculty members and must include at least one non-academic community partner.
  2. By the application due date, the lead faculty member(s) involved in the project must 
  • be in compliance with all training and employment requirements for the university and state;
  • been continuously employed at TTU as benefits-eligible employees for at least three full years; and
  • not have received the award in the past two years.

How to Apply

To apply, please log into Texas Tech Competition Space at ttu.infoready4.com.

  • The submission deadline for the 2021 President's Awards is February 15, 2021.
  • The 2021 call for proposals will open on November 1, 2020.
 For more information, please contact
Grant Gerlich, Community Engagement Manager
University Outreach & Engagement
grant.gerlich@ttu.edu | 806-834-8933