|Ernest A. Lynton Award|
The Ernest A. Lynton Award was established in 1996 by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE) and, as of 2017, is managed by the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. A founding member of NERCHE, Ernest Lynton served as the academic vice president for the University of Massachusetts system from 1973-1980. The award honors his work in raising the profile and status of faculty professional service both nationally and internationally. Dr. Lynton championed a vision of scholarly engagement as inclusive, collaborative, and problem-oriented work in which academics share knowledge-generating tasks with the public and involve community partners as participants in public problem solving. The Swearer Center and CUMU host the award in collaboration, and it is presented annually at the CUMU Conference.