Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship


This award provides university-wide recognition of highly engaged community-based scholarship collaborations that positively impact both the community and research/creative works endeavors.  Priority will be given to T/TT faculty who exhibit commitment to civic engagement and/or community service learning as part of their professional achievement and growth. This award will recognize the exemplary engaged scholarship with a community partner or across units at SF State (on-campus collaboration or “campus community”).

In honor of Dr. Jerry Eisman, the recipient should apply best practices of SF State as an engaged institution and demonstrate inspiration to building—or enhancing—community or campus relationships through advancing their scholarship and contributing to the body of knowledge in their field of study.


  • Academic appointment of T/TT faculty or lecturer/adjunct that includes research or creative scholarship as part of essential assigned duties is required (Note: individuals with designations of emeritus, visiting, or clinical are not eligible).
  • Faculty/lecturers could be either a seasoned professional or early career faculty displaying potential.
  • The recipient should embody the ideals, vision and success of community-campus partnerships and show experience or promise as a researcher in one’s discipline.

Award Amount: $5,000 (one award per year). 

  • Funds will be transferred to the recipient’s department or unit for disbursement.

Grant proposals will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

  • Either all, or a major portion, of the engaged scholarship will be/have been accomplished while the nominee serves as a faculty member here at SF State University.
  • Proposal content must explicitly illustrate either a new project or an ongoing one that seeks funding support.
  • The focus of this award relates to collaboration yet recipients may conduct research that is not specific to an identifiable community partner but projects must be community-based. In this case, content of the nomination must be explicit regarding impact to a specific community of interest regarding benefits, values, contributions to change, progress, etc. (direct or indirect).
  • Impact is an important criteria in determining the recipient of this award. For this reason, nominations reflecting collaborations with longer track records are preferred over those of shorter duration.
  • Except in cases of extraordinary demonstrable impact over a shorter period, it is preferred that nominees have collaborated with their partner(s), to some extent, for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Proposed budget items: funds should support research/creative work endeavors. Faculty Compensation: Funds may be used to compensate the faculty member who develops and implements the grant-funded activity. Compensation is subject to taxation and tax withholding.VIEW ADDITIONAL ALLOWABLE & NON-ALLOWABLE COSTS