Cornell University: Faculty diversity award nominations due March 18

The Provost’s Office of Faculty Development and Diversity is accepting nominations for the annual Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching and Service Through Diversity.

The universitywide award comes with a $15,000 prize and recognizes tenured and tenure-track faculty at Cornell for their sustained contributions to systemic and transformational change in their academic discipline through their research, teaching and service.

“This award recognizes Cornell faculty who are making significant efforts in broadening the access to higher education, in mentoring or in advancing our understanding of how diversity transformed their fields,” said Yael Levitte, associate vice provost for faculty development and diversity.

The award defines diversity as the variety of cultures, world views, values and personal experiences that may result from differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, gender, age, religion, abilities, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Cornell faculty, staff and students may nominate tenure=track and tenured faculty for the award. Self-nominations are also accepted. President Martha E. Pollack and Provost Michael Kotlikoff are expected to announce two recipients later this year.

The nomination process has two parts. Initially, a maximum 500-word letter of support is to be sent to by March 18. Follow-up materials are due by April 25.

This is the award’s third year. Previous recipients are:

Anthony Burrow, associate professor of human development in the College of Human Ecology;
Maria Cristina Garcia, the Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences;
Mark Lewis, director of the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering in the College of Engineering; and
Jamila Michener, associate professor in the Department of Government in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy.