Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship Award


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 faculty/lecturer here at SF State University.
  • Proposal content must explicitly illustrate either a new project or one that is ongoing
  • Award focus: Collaboration! 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).
  • Collaborations with longer track records of (at least 2 years) are preferred over those of shorter duration.
  • The budget should support research/creative work endeavors. Funds may be used to compensate the faculty member who develops and implements the proposal.