Named in honor of Dr. Gerald (“Jerry”) Eisman, a new Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship provides university-wide recognition of highly engaged community-based scholarship collaborations that positively impact both the community and research/creative works endeavors. This award was announced at the ICCE Awards Ceremony on April 12, 2018. Jerry Eisman is former Director of ICCE who has a long-standing reputation as a change agent and demonstrates active involvement in the community.
Jerry joined the SF State Computer Science faculty in 1988 including serving as department chair for several years. In the early 90s, he worked with a team to form SFSUnet, a campus-community online communication project aimed at closing the digital divide to address community needs. In 1995, Dr. Eisman chaired an SF State strategic planning taskforce that created the Office of Community Service Learning and later served as its Director placing thousands of students in the community each year as part of their academic study. From 2004 to 2006, Jerry served as the first Service-Learning Faculty Scholar in the California State University (CSU) Office of the Chancellor, where he helped promote community-based scholarship throughout the CSU system and later became Director of ICCE at SF State in ‘08. Two years later, Jerry received the CA Campus Compact’s Richard E. Cone Award recognizing his impact on service-learning and community-campus partnerships. Throughout his career, Jerry’s work has focused on how the educational and scholarship processes of the university can combine with the assets of communities to generate new knowledge that has direct impact on community needs.
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