Nominate colleagues for Harold Johnson Diversity Service Award

March 6, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Named in honor of Harold Johnson, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work, this award was established in 1996. It recognizes faculty whose service goes above and beyond their regular duties and contributes to the development of a culturally and ethnically diverse campus community.

Nominations will be accepted for all regular instructional and research faculty, including librarians, curators and archivists on the Ann Arbor campus (including the Medical School).

Nominations can be made by faculty, staff and students, and must include a nomination letter, which should not exceed 2,000 words.

The nomination letter should explain the particular distinction that makes the nominee exceptionally qualified for this honor using one or more of the following criteria:

  • Public and/or academically oriented endeavors that demonstrate intellectual excellence and commitment to cultural diversity in service, teaching, scholarship and/or creative activity
  • Efforts to increase diversity or improve the climate within one’s academic unit and/or the university
  • Efforts to use scholarly and/or creative work to enhance the success of students and faculty of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds
  • Willingness to serve as a mentor to students who have a commitment to diversity and social justice
  • Sustained effort and demonstrated outcomes to bring about equity in the university community or society as a whole

The nomination letter may incorporate quotations from former and current students, peers, faculty and communities impacted by the nominee’s work.

Up to five awards are made annually, which includes a $5,000 stipend for each honoree.

Nominations must include the nomination form, a letter from the nominator regarding the nominee’s service and accomplishments in the areas described above and a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vita.

Please send the nomination packets as a single PDF to The nomination deadline is March 23.

If you have questions, please call Laura Harrington at 734-764-3982.