Awards and Recognitions


Since its inception in 2011, the Office of Civic and Community Engagement has earned prestigious awards and recognitions for the University of Miami. Among these are:

  • 2018 The Spirit of Service-Learning Award:This year, both Jan Sokol-Katz, Ph.D., a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Miami and Josh Schriftman, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Miami were nominated and received the Spirit of Service-Learning Award. Both Jan Sokol-Katz, and Josh Schriftman’s work with service-learning programs have contributed to increasing student empowerment, ownership in outcomes and the commitment to meaningful civic engagement while building a better South Florida and Global Community.
  • 2018 The Engaged Scholarship Faculty Awards: recognize and honor one faculty member in each of the three higher education sectors (state university system, Florida college system, independent colleges and universities) for contributing to the integration of service and/or community-based learning into the curriculum. Congratualiations to Scotney Evans, Ph.D., for his award.
  • 2016 Florida Campus Compact Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Engaged Campus Special Award:  recognizes UM’s role in advancing the public purposes of higher education, improving community life and educating student for civic and social responsibility as the most engaged institution of higher education in Florida.
  • 2016 Florida Campus Compact Campus-Community Partnership Award (Independent Sector): recognizes outstanding campus-community partnerships that produce measurable improvements in and demonstrate a commitment to a community while enhancing higher education; for Community Scholars in Affordable Housing Program.
  • 2016 Spirit of Service-Learning Award, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, for contributing to the integration of service into the curriculum and connecting students through service to help meet critical needs in the South Florida community (Robin Bachin). 
  • 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Key of Excellence Award, for exemplary cross-campus commitment to advancing the civic purposes of higher education through engaged scholarship and community outreach in the arts, sciences, and humanities.
  • 2015 Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement: recognizes colleges and universities that have demonstrated practices of community engagement through mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. Through community engagement, institutions of higher education collaborate with their larger communities to work toward a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources. In bringing together university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors, it allows for enriched scholarship, research and creative activity, with the ultimate goal of preparing educated, engaged citizens who demonstrate democratic values and a strong sense of civic responsibility.
  • 2014 Florida Campus Compact Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Award: recognizes collaborative campus departments forging sustainable campus-community partnerships that enhance the collegiate experience and help students become stronger and more active citizens.
  • 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll: recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.
  • 2014 NASPA Lead Institution Award: recognizes colleges and universities committed to encouraging and highlighting the work of student affairs in making civic learning and democratic engagement a part of every student’s college education.
  • 2013 Florida Campus Compact Engaged Educator Award: recognizes and honors outstanding faculty or staff for significant contributions to the institutionalization of community engagement by inspiring a vision for service on the campus and supporting faculty, students, and campus-community partnerships (Robin Bachin).