Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service

The Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service was established as a memorial to longtime Mānoa College of Education Professor Robert W. Clopton and first awarded in 1977.

The Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service honors a University of Hawai’i Mānoa faculty member with a record of significant and sustained contributions to the communities who support and benefit from the university. Previous recipients have distinguished themselves as exemplary university citizens and good stewards of Hawaiʻi by extending their research and instructional expertise to students, and to various organizations and initiatives in the state.

The Clopton award recognizes and inspires relationships between the university and community by calling attention to a faculty member with a distinguished record of public service. Often grounded in the faculty member’s research and scholarship, this service may create or enhance partnerships within the UH Mānoa community, or benefit charitable organizations, government agencies, non-profit corporations, or other groups devoted to improving life in Hawaiʻi.

Candidates for the Clopton Award might serve their various communities in one or more of the following ways:
      • Extending UH Mānoa’s mission and values with regard to a Hawaiian sense of place—culturally, geographically, historically
      • Responding to community needs and opportunities by developing professional or advisory partnerships
      • Generating opportunities for students to participate in community-based learning, service, and research activities, and encouraging continued volunteer service
      • Initiating imaginative and innovative approaches to community-campus service
      • Establishing extended and significant community engagements that foreground reciprocity, value, and sustainability
      • Impacting public policy and practice locally, nationally, internationally

Each academic year, the Clopton Award calls attention to effective faculty members doing exemplary work in our communities, and therefore embodying what a university in service to a community should be.

Who May Submit a Nomination?
Anyone may submit a nomination by petition.

Who is Eligible?
Any full-time UH Mānoa faculty with credible community service outside the University

Completed Nomination Packet Must Include:
      • Nominee’s curriculum vitae
      • Statements of support by 3–7 people
      • Support documents detailing contributions to the community
See the criteria PDF

Submit Complete Nomination Packet to:
Chair, Robert W. Clopton Award for Distinguished Community Service Committee
c/o Office of Faculty Development & Academic Support (OFDAS)
Kuykendall 107

Deadline to submit:
February 12, 2021
Awards will be given in Spring 2021.

If you have any questions, please email

OFDAS 30 Years

Office of Faculty Development & Academic Support
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Honolulu HI 96822 USA

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