Thomas Award for Outstanding Community Education/Service
The Cleo and Carla Thomas Award for Outstanding Community Education/Service, established in 1999, is a faculty-administered award designed to honor an outstanding faculty member in their achievements in the area of education or service to the civic community of Jacksonville, Alabama and the surrounding area.
The award is named after and funded by Drs. Cleo and Carla Thomas. The Thomases are longtime supporters of Jacksonville State University, giving both their time and generous charitable contributions to the students and faculty of the JSU community. Dr. Cleo Thomas is a past president of the International House Board, and both he and his wife, Dr. Carla Thomas, established the Thomas Outstanding Community Service Award to “support the teaching enterprise and honor faculty service and activities.” According to Dr. Cleo Thomas, “Much of...what makes our region wonderful can be traced to JSU.” This award honors the impact that JSU, its faculty, and its students have on our local community.
Jacksonville State University views community education and service as an active collaboration that builds on the resources, skills, and knowledge of a regional area to improve its quality of life in a manner consistent with the campus mission.
The person selected for this honor will receive an honorarium of $500, a budget of $500 for expenses, and a framed certificate that recognizes this accomplishment.
Criteria and Eligibility
- Full-time faculty holding the rank of Instructor or higher
- Notable experience devising programs or workshops for the community, volunteering in the community, developing outreach programs, involving students in service activities, utilizing university resources for the benefit of the community, and/or promoting multi-cultural awareness
- Evidence of a high standard of civic engagement and service learning documented with peer reviews, student evaluations, assessments from community organization representatives, and other evidence of community and civic engagement
A selection committee composed of faculty will review nomination packets. Nominations by self, students, colleagues, department heads and deans are encouraged. Only accomplishments during the previous academic year including fall 2021, spring 2022, and summer 2022 will be considered for this award. Nominators should inform nominees that they are being nominated and may solicit their assistance in preparing nomination materials.
Required Nomination Documents
The nomination packet for this award will consist of the following, compiled into one single PDF file in the order indicated. Please contact Faculty Commons if you need assistance compiling documentation into a PDF file. Letters of support from faculty, students, and colleagues are encouraged, along with documentation of the service being considered.
- One official Letter of Nomination by the nominator(s) advocating the basis for the nomination (relating the nominee’s community service activity to the criteria for the award)
- Up to three additional Letters of Support from internal or external colleagues to complement the Letter of Nomination—No more than three additional Letters of Support will be considered.
- Nominee’s curriculum vitae (abbreviated and concise, no more than five pages) *Contact the nominee’s departmental Administrative Assistant to acquire a CV.
- Supporting documentation may include statements from community members or organization leaders, presentations to the community, newspaper articles, articles or presentations on community projects, and recognition from community organizations.
All nominations must be submitted electronically via the Faculty Awards nomination form, linked below, no later than 4:30 PM CST on Friday, February 10, 2023.
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Dr. Jeff Ryan
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