Best Paper Awards

Each year the Community Engagement Division selects a Best Paper from among the papers presented at the Annual Conference. These papers go through a double-blind peer review process. Best papers that have been recognized include:

2020: Whitney Gaskins, Tracy Pritchard, Delano White, Keri Eason (University of Cincinnati). Parents’ Perceptions of STEM Education in Black Churches.

2019: Michael Foster & Gary E. Spivey (George Fox University). Implementing Human-Centered Design into an Engineering Service Course: Development and Evaluation

2018: Canney, N. & Lambrinidou, Y. Representations of ‘The Public’ in Learning Through Service (LTS) versus ‘Mainstream’ Engineering Foundational Professional Documents.


2016: Kurt Paterson (James Madison University), Christopher Swan (Tufts University), and David W. Watkins (Michigan Technological University). Going is Not Knowing: Challenges in Creating Intercultural Engineers. (also selected as best overall conference paper)

2015: Jeffrey Walters, Kaitlin Litchfield (University of Colorado Boulder). Investigating the benefits of group model building using system dynamics for Engineers Without Borders students.

2014:  Jon A. Leydens, Juan Lucena, Dean Nieusma (Colorado School of Mines). What is design for social justice?

2013: Aimee S Navickis-Brasch, Anne Liu Kern, Jillian Rae Cadwell, Laura Laumatia,  Fritz Fiedler (University of Idaho, Moscow). How Land Use Change, Changed Culture.

Film Festival

In 2015, the Community Engagement Division hosted a film festival. There were 33 submissions, which were narrowed to 12 finalists. The two winners, who received $1000 each, were:

Best Video: I Am Standing, Loyola Marymount University,

Biggest Community Impact: Cerro Patacon Panama Water Development, University of Pittsburgh,

Thanks to Tom Colledge for coordinating the competition. We plan to host the competition again in 2021. Look for announcements.


Other Publications

All Annual Conference papers are available at:

The CED has published 19 papers in 2012, 33 in 2013, 22 in 2014, 24 in 2015, 14 in 2016, 28 in 2017, 31 in 2018, 23 in 2019, and  37 in 2020.

Scholarship in the area of community engagement is published in the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship.  See more information at: