Texas Tech University

President's Emerging Engaged Scholarship 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 2021 President's Emerging Engaged Scholarship Award!


This award recognizes TTU faculty for a relatively new project or initiative that demonstrates high potential for the advancement of engaged scholarship. The project or initiative shows outstanding promise for having a significant impact on communities and the university. The award recipient(s) must have a demonstrated interest in the need or issue that the project or initiative seeks to address and, at a minimum, will have laid the foundation for the work and established relationships with partnering organizations.

The award carries a monetary prize of $1,000. Funds may go to an individual or a project team. The award recipients will be recognized as part of the annual Regional Engaged Scholarship Symposium as well as the annual Faculty Honors Convocation.


The President's Emerging Engaged Scholarship Award recognizes a faculty member or a team of faculty members at any stage of their career who have demonstrated outstanding promise in engaged scholarship with the development of a relatively new project or initiative that

  • applies disciplinary expertise and scholarship to an important problem or larger social issue;
  • reflects a high level of involvement and partnership with members of external communities;
  • shows high potential for long-term impact, achievement, and scholarship;
  • has a strong likelihood that it can be sustained with internal and/or external funding.


  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
  • have been continuously employed as benefits-eligible faculty for at least three full years;
  • have begun their engagement initiative during their employment with TTU;
  • be in compliance with all training and employment requirements for the university and state; and
  • not have received the award in the past two years. 

How to Apply

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

  • Calls for proposals will open again in Spring 2022.


For more information, please contact
Grant Gerlich, Community Engagement Manager
University Outreach & Engagement
grant.gerlich@ttu.edu | 806-834-8933