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February 1, 2018

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the establishment of a new awards program to recognize the contributions of Tufts University faculty in civically-engaged learning and research.  For the past seventeen years, we have honored exceptional students for outstanding achievement in community service and civic leadership with the Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service, and I recently invited you to nominate exceptional students for the 2018 Presidential Awards.  Today, I write to invite you to nominate your colleagues for the inaugural Presidential Faculty Award for Civic Life.

To make your nomination, please visit Tisch College’s website at nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Awards will be presented at a special ceremony for recipients at Gifford House in Fall 2018.  Award recipients, their families and their nominators will be invited to attend.

Active citizenship is a core value of Tufts, and it is one of the most important ways the University makes a positive impact on both individuals and society.  These Presidential Faculty Awards honor the commitment to civic life – the civic education, research, and practice – in which our faculty are engaged.  As you consider potential nominees, consider Tufts’ broad definition of citizenship and public service.  Through these awards, you help us to identify outstanding, civically-engaged faculty from across the university.

Thank you for expanding this important tradition of recognizing faculty contributions at Tufts.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco