Given in recognition of exemplary leadership in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates through programs and activities that encourage greater knowledge, skills, experiences and reflection about the role of citizens in a democracy.
The William M. Plater Award for Leadership In Civic Engagement was established in 2006 by AASCU in collaboration with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in appreciation for the leadership of William M. Plater, who served as the chief academic officer of IUPUI from 1987 through 2006. IUPUI has generously agreed to endow the Plater Award for 15 years.During his term, Bill Plater oversaw the development of civic engagement as an integral part of the campus mission and as a defining characteristic of its graduates, thus helping IUPUI win recognition among peers as a national leader. Through his writing, speaking and public advocacy, Plater also helped extend universities’ understanding of their collective responsibility as “Stewards of Place,” while connecting them with the larger regional, national and global communities of which they are also a part.
The Plater Award is designed to recognize the critical role of the chief academic officer in advancing the civic mission of the campus through curricular reform, public advocacy, accountability for institutional citizenship, faculty development and recruitment, and partnerships with community organizations.
The award, funded through the generosity of Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis, has been created to acknowledge the critical leadership role that chief academic officers play in serving as the vital link between the academic community (principally the faculty, staff and students) and the more externally oriented leadership of presidents, chancellors and trustees in helping make an institution intentional about its role in citizenship preparation. Through their leadership, chief academic officers align the work of faculty, the learning of students, and the achievements of staff with the public mission of AASCU institutions to prepare undergraduates as informed, engaged citizens. Chief academic officers make a critical difference in the articulation of purpose, in the alignment of actions, and in the quality, scope and effectiveness of institutional performance.
The Plater Award is the first national award established specifically to honor and recognize chief academic officers for their leadership in higher education.
The Plater Award is presented annually to an AASCU chief academic officer. The Award recipient will receive an engraved commemorative to acknowledge the national recognition and a check for $1,000.
The Award recipient will be announced each year at the annual meeting of the American Democracy Project in June. At the awardee’s discretion, the Award can also be presented at a suitable occasion on the recipient’s campus, ordinarily in the fall semester following selection.
Nominees will meet the following criteria:
Chief academic officers may be nominated by anyone on the campus. The president or chancellor must endorse the nomination.
The nomination consists of the following: a complete cover sheet, a vitae or resume no longer than five (5) pages; and no more than five (5) additional pages of documentation in the form of a description of the nominee’s achievements, supporting letters, etc. Everything should be contained in a single email, even if there are separate documents.
2013William A. Covino, Provost, California State University Fresno 2012Emile "Mel" Netzhammer, Provost, Keene State College
2011Vincent Magnuson, Vice Chancellor for Academic Administration, University of Minnesota, Duluth
2010Gail Wells, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northern Kentucky University
2009David L. Carr, Provost and Executive Vice President, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
2008Lawrence V. Gould, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Fort Hays State University
2007Barbara G. Burch, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Western Kentucky University
2006William M. Plater, Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis