Community Leadership Award

About the Award

The EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award recognizes members for their roles as community leaders and active volunteers in professional service to the broader higher education IT community. This leadership may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, through both formal and informal roles, including appointed, elected, or volunteer positions within EDUCAUSE along with other membership organizations, consortia, and associations representing the higher education information technology and resources community. Contributions are expected to be at a level beyond an institution, with broad reach across the professional community.

Awards will be made at the discretion of the EDUCAUSE Recognition Committee, which may choose to grant one award, no award, or multiple awards in any one year.

Nomination Requirements

Anyone may submit a nomination for the Community Leadership Award with the nominee's permission. Self-nominations are also accepted. Nominations must clearly document why the candidate should be considered for this award. All nominations must contain sufficient information to inform the selection process without additional research. Each nomination submitted must adhere to the following outline and page counts.

The nomination must include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae or Resume (upload)
    Include with the nomination the candidate's vitae or professional resume to provide the selection committee with a more comprehensive overview of the candidate’s accomplishments and experiences. Please note the CV or resume is not a substitute for any of the required information listed below.
  2. Description of how the candidate fulfills the criteria described under the "Guidelines and Eligibility" section for this award (upload).  (750-1200 words/2-4 pages)
  3. Each nomination submitted must adhere to the following outline and page counts. Please note: After reviewing the initial nomination submissions, the Recognition Committee may ask for and require three additional reference letters to assist in the evaluation of the candidates under consideration.

Guidelines and Eligibility

Nominees must be or have been contributing members of our professional community, directly associated with managing information technology and resources in higher education, and individuals who have made significant and demonstrable contributions to the field.

  • Candidates may not be currently serving on the EDUCAUSE Board, staff, or Recognition Committee.
  • Anyone within or outside of higher education may submit nominations for the award.
  • Individuals or teams are eligible for this award.
  • Each candidate or team will be judged initially on the following primary factors:
    • Substantive participation and leadership on EDUCAUSE committees, working groups, mentoring activities, etc.
    • Evidence of impact on and engaging others in the profession.
    • Contributions considered to have had an impact in the EDUCAUSE community and/or broader higher education IT community.
    • Relative ability of individuals vs teams to contribute and make an impact will be taken into account.
    • Speaker and/or author advancing topics of interest, regardless of media to the broader higher education IT community.
    • Leadership demonstrated in institutions currently or previously employed.
  • In addition, the Recognition Committee will also look for evidence that supports:
    • Breadth of the community engagement portfolio.
    • Leadership in addressing issues, influencing change, or new directions from the perspective of higher education.
    • Leadership in areas of professional development with technology organizations.

Are you unsure if the candidate you would like to nominate qualifies for an award?

Please reach out to us at [email protected] and we will be happy to answer questions about the nominations process, guidelines, or eligibility.


The next call for nominations will open in February 2022.


Award recipients are recognized at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference and receive complimentary registration, travel, and housing for the conference. Recipients are also given a session at the annual conference and a $3,000 honorarium toward another EDUCAUSE event or the option of donating the amount to the EDUCAUSE scholarship fund. Highlights of their accomplishments are also added to the award gallery on the EDUCAUSE website.

Recipients will also earn an EDUCAUSE microcredential as a way to digitally document and display their achievement.


See previous Community Leadership Award recipients.