The Richard W. Griffin Political Engagement Award is conferred upon a faculty or staff member who demonstrates exemplary commitment and contributions to the political knowledge, skills, and motivation of members of the FSU community.
Award recipients will receive a trophy, a monetary award of $1,500, and be recognized at the Annual Academic Affairs Awards ceremony.
Ferris State University full-time staff members, and tenured, tenure-track, and non-tenure track faculty members are eligible for this award. Any member of the Richard W. Griffin Political Engagement Award Selection Committee who is nominated for the award will remove her-, him-, or themselves from the Committee for the year during which the nomination occurs. Past recipients of the Award are eligible only upon the expiration of the fifth year after their Award.
Criteria for Evaluation
Nominees will be evaluated based on the significance of his, her, or their contributions in the following areas (listed here in no order of significance):
1. Student-centered activities (limited to previous three calendar years)
Examples include: integrating political relevance into course content and skills; developing and teaching new courses that have a distinct political dimension; facilitating University-wide or other opportunities for students to engage in political activities; mentoring students in research, creative works, and/or service activities that have distinct relevance to politics; advising student political organizations.
2. Scholarly activities (limited to previous three calendar years)
Examples include: external grant funding for research or creative work that has a distinct relevance to politics; presentations and publications that have a distinct relevance to politics; sabbaticals, Fulbright, or other international exchanges that have a distinct relevance to politics; leadership in local, regional, state, national, or international professional organizations that have a distinct relevance to politics.
3. University-wide activities (limited to previous three calendar years)
Examples include: facilitating University-wide opportunities for faculty and/or staff to engage in political activities; providing leadership in and advocacy for the continued political engagement of FSU faculty, staff, and/or students.
4. Professional development activities (limited to previous three calendar years)
Examples include: participation in professional growth and development activities that enable greater commitment and contributions to the political engagement of FSU faculty, staff, and students.
For further information, please see the Richard W. Griffin Political Engagement Award rubric.
***** Please note: this award will not be given out in 2019-2020. Check back in 2020-2021 for updates. *****
Please include the following in your nomination:
- Nominee's name, FSU unit (e.g., Office of Multicultural Student Services) or academic department or school (e.g., Social Sciences Department; School of Education), phone number, and e-mail address; and
- Letter of nomination that specifically addresses the four Criteria for Evaluation.
All nominations must be sent to [email protected]. Please include the subject line “Richard W. Griffin Political Engagement Award Nomination” in your e-mail message. You will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating that your nomination was received. Please submit a separate nomination for each nominee.
Nominees will then be contacted to submit the following:
- A document (required) in which you describe your contributions, relative to political engagement at Ferris State University, in the following areas:
- Student-centered activities
- Scholarly and/or creative work
- University-wide activities
- Professional development activities
- You are invited, but not required, to submit up to three additional letters of recognition, support, or recommendation from students, faculty, administrators, community members, and/or organizations. Again, while welcomed, these letters are not required.
Nomination submissions will not be accepted for this award for the 2019-2020 academic year.
About the Richard W. Griffin Political Engagement Award
The Political Engagement Award honors Dr. Richard (Rick) W. Griffin, a political scientist who worked collaboratively to advance and advocate for the engaged and responsible citizenship of all members of the Ferris State University community. Rick was instrumental in building, sustaining, and giving vision to the Political Engagement Project, an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and University’s American Democracy Project. Through his commitment and contributions, Rick inspired and motivated faculty, staff, and students to participate actively in political processes. In addition, Rick advanced the political knowledge and skillfulness of faculty, staff, and students, thus enabling them to more actively and effectively engage in the democracy.
The Political Engagement Project Steering Committee and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs inaugurated the award in the 2017-2018 academic year to honor Rick and his commitment and contributions that have had political impact within and beyond the University.