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Faculty Recognition Awards

These awards are for mid-career faculty who have demonstrated remarkable contributions to the University through outstanding achievements in scholarly research and/or creative endeavors; excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor; and distinguished participation in the service activities of the university and elsewhere.

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General Information


University of Michigan faculty with the rank of tenured associate professor, or full professor with no more than four years at that rank, may be nominated for these awards. Re-nominations are accepted. Nominators are encouraged to nominate outstanding women, minorities and members of other groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines.

Selection Criteria

Successful nominees are those who at midcareer have made outstanding achievements in scholarly research and/or creative work, demonstrated excellence as a teacher and mentor, and have served the University as a conscientious and engaged citizen of their department, school, or college.

Number of Awards

Up to 5 awards of $2,000 each will be made.

Source of Nominations

Nominations may be submitted by deans, directors, department/program heads, executive, promotion or award committees, or individual faculty members. If you plan to re-nominate a competitor from a prior year, please contact Faculty Awards to arrange for activation of the online dossier.

Selection Process

An interdisciplinary selection committee comprised of distinguished senior faculty from a range of schools and colleges reviews all nominations and recommends award recipients to the Provost who makes the final selection. Awards will be publicly announced early in the fall term and formally presented at a ceremony in October 2016.


The nomination deadline for 2016 Faculty Recognition Awards is February 17, 2016, 12PM\noon EST.

For more information contact:

Faculty Awards
Telephone: (734) 764-8221

Guidelines for the Preparation of Nominations

Listed below are the four items that must be included in the dossier before the nomination can be submitted. You will be asked to either enter text into text boxes or online forms, or upload documents in Adobe PDF format.

A nomination dossier can be set up by a U-M faculty or staff member. Up to six others may be given access to the site by the person who opens the dossier on the website. After a nomination dossier is started the nominator(s) and assistant(s) may login to the faculty awards nomination system as many times as needed in order to complete the nomination.

Contact Information Form

Provide in the online form all the contact information requested for both the nominee and the nominator--not the administrative contact.

Letter of Nomination

You may submit your nomination letter by uploading the document in Adobe PDF format. If this is a re-nomination you have the option of submitting an addendum to your earlier nomination letter or of uploading a new letter that will replace the earlier one. The nomination letter may be no longer than five pages (2,000 words) in length.

The committee members represent a range of disciplines and may not be familiar with your nominee’s field; it is essential to describe the nominee’s contributions in a way that conveys their significance to those not acquainted with the discipline. The nomination should make it clear why this particular individual was nominated given the number of notably accomplished full professors at U-M. If this is a re-nomination, read through the following to determine if a new letter of nomination should be submitted as guidelines have changed.

If you wish, you may include in your five pages evidence of teaching excellence or impact other than the standard teaching evaluations provided by the Registrar’s Office or used by your school or college. Please note that we will collect the teaching evaluations for your nominee and add them to the file, so that you do not need to obtain and upload this information.

While letters from others may not be included, the nominator is welcome to solicit in advance short descriptions of the nominee’s abilities and achievements from former and current students, peers and faculty with whom the nominee has taught. Excerpts from these may be incorporated where appropriate in the letter of nomination.

Committee members often find the following information helpful as they try to evaluate and distinguish among a highly competitive set of nominees. Persuasive letters of nomination will include:

  • A description of the nominee's major research, scholarly or creative contributions to date so that readers can understand the significance of the nominee’s achievements in the discipline or field of study.
  • An indication of how the nominee’s contributions compare to peers at the same career stage at the University or other institutions.
  • Evidence of external recognition of the nominee’s contributions by peers;
  • Evaluation of the nominee's contributions as a member of the teaching faculty and proven ability as an educator. This might include willingness to teach courses with high student demand; curriculum development and improvement; awards or recognition as an accomplished teacher; using new technologies for effective student engagement.
  • Evidence that the nominee serves as an influential and successful advisor to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty, as appropriate to the field and career stage.
  • Evidence of success in service contributions. This may include leadership or constructive contributions to department or school/college committees, formal and informal administrative roles, editorial boards, and engagement in professional organizations and societies. If relevant, include activities that indicate service to other communities (such as the state of Michigan) or institutions as the committee honors the values this reflects.

Curriculum Vitae

Include the nominee's complete and current c.v. by uploading the most recent version in Adobe PDF format.

Doctoral Committee Service Form

Complete the online form by providing in the text box the following information for all doctoral committee service in the past ten years: name of student, student’s department/program, year the degree was conferred or is expected, role served by the nominee, and placement information for the student. Please list first those for which the nominee was chair or co-chair. The awards selection committee considers placement information to be valuable in their assessment.

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Recipients of Faculty Recognition Awards

Distinguished Service Awards for Instructors, Assistant Professors and Junior Associate Professors were presented beginning in 1959. In 1978 the name was changed to Faculty Recognition Awards.


  • Valeria Bertacco, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Charles Garrett, Musicology
  • Jon Miller, Astronomy
  • Melanie Sanford, Chemistry
  • Patricia Wittkopp, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


  • Anna Grzymala-Busse, Political Science
  • Dragomir Radev, Information, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Linguistics
  • Dennis Sylvester, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Angela Violi, Mechanical Engineering
  • Nils Walter, Chemistry


  • Pamela Brandwein, Political Science
  • Stephen DesJardins, Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education
  • Wei Lu, Mechanical Engineering
  • Jeffrey Martens, Pharmacology
  • Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, Biophysics and Chemistry


  • Brian Jacob, Public Policy, Education, Economics
  • Ursula Jakob, Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology, Biological Chemistry
  • Mahta Moghaddam, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Mark Newman, Physics
  • Johanna Prins, English Language and Literature, Comparative Literature


  • Gregg Crane, English Language & Literature
  • Gary Huffnagle, Microbiology & Immunology
  • Jerome Lynch, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Ivette Perfecto, Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Albert Shih, Mechanical Engineering


  • Anne Curzan, English Language and Literature
  • Lori Isom, Pharmacology
  • Webb Keane, Anthropology
  • Peter van Keken, Geological Sciences
  • Thomas Zurbuchen, Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Science; Aerospace Engineering


  • Theodore Goodson, Chemistry
  • Marios Papaefthymiou, ECCS
  • Michael Solomon, Chemical Engineering
  • Nancy Songer, School of Education
  • Anna Stefanopoulou, Mechanical Engineering


  • Jeffrey Fessler, EECS
  • Sharon Glotzer, Chemical Engineering
  • Scott Page, Poli Sci, Econ
  • Michele Swanson, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Brenda Volling, Psych


  • Peter Davies, English Language and Literature
  • Sheriff El-Tawil, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Vincent Hutchings, Political Science
  • Peggy McCracken, French and Women's Studies
  • Christopher Monroe, Physics


  • Stephen Maren, Psychology
  • Kamal Sarabandiv, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Ann Marie Sastry, Mechanical Engineering
  • George Steinmetz, Sociology
  • Joel Swanson, Microbiology and Immunology


  • Kun-Liang Guan, Biological Chemistry/Medical School
  • Theodore B. Norris, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Mercedes Pascual, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Theresa Tinkle, English Language and Literature


  • David J. Mooney, Dentistry
  • Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, Psychology
  • Michael Schoenfeldt, English Language and Literature
  • Karen E. Smith, Mathematics
  • Michael Wellman, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


  • Julia Adams, Sociology
  • Fred Adams, Physics
  • Photios Ioannou, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Joseph Metzger, Physiology
  • Ronald Woodard, Medicinal Chemistry/Pharmacy


  • Carol Fierke, Chemistry
  • Sandra Gunning, American Culture
  • Benjamin Margolis, Biological Chemistry
  • Khalil Najafi, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Patricia Yaeger, English Language & Literature


  • Frieda Ekotto, Romance Languages & Literatures
  • Robert Fuller, Biological Chemistry
  • Michael Imperiale, Microbiology & Immunology
  • Jennifer Robertson, Anthropology
  • Valerie Traub, English Language & Literature


  • David Burke, Human Genetics
  • Kathleen Canning, History
  • Charles Doering, Mathematics
  • George Kling, Biology
  • William Pearson, Chemistry


  • Philip Andrews, Biological Chemistry
  • Jill Becker, Psychology
  • Nancy Burns, Political Science
  • Stephen Sumida, English Language & Literature


  • Mary L. Brake, Nuclear Engineering
  • Simon Gikandi, English Language & Literature
  • Colleen Seifert, Psychology
  • Dennis Thiele, Biological Chemistry
  • David R. Williams, Sociology


  • Sally A. Camper, Human Genetics
  • Timothy E. Chupp, Physics
  • Glenn W. DeYoung, Jr., Dance (Music)
  • Linda Gregerson, English Language & Literature
  • Jennifer Linderman, Chemical Engineering


  • Christin Carter-Su, Physiology
  • Jeffrey Chamberlain, Human Genetics
  • Santiago Colas, Romance Languages & Literatures
  • Lincoln Faller, English Language & Literature
  • James Penner-Hahn, Chemistry


  • Nicholas B. Dirks, History
  • David R. Engelke, Biological Chemistry
  • June Howard, English/American Culture
  • Linda P. B. Katehi, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • Kathryn Tosney, Biology


  • Anita Norich, English Language & Literature
  • Vincent L. Pecoraro, Chemistry
  • Noel Perkins, Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
  • Michael D. Uhler, Biological Chemistry


  • Richard Campbell, Communication
  • Anne Herrmann, English Language & Literature
  • Earl Lewis, History
  • David M. Lubman, Chemistry
  • Michael Marletta, Medicinal Chemistry
  • Marilynn M. Rosenthal, Sociology (Dearborn)


  • Jane Burbank, History
  • Julie Ellison, English Language & Literature
  • Robert Krasny, Mathematics
  • David S. Potter, Classical Studies
  • Peter Sparling, Dance (Music)


  • Enoch Brater, English Language & Literature
  • Carol F. Karlsen, History
  • Marion Tuttle Marzolf, Communication
  • Mark E. Meyerhoff, Chemistry
  • Kim Scheppele, Political Science


  • David P. Ballou, Biological Chemistry
  • Mary Corcoran, Political Science
  • Nicholas Delbanco, English Language & Literature
  • Victor Lieberman, History
  • Rebecca J. Scott, History


  • Walter Allen, Sociology
  • Terrence McDonald, History
  • Margaret Root, History of Art
  • James Winn, English Language & Literature
  • Richard Wrangham, Anthropology


  • Kate F. Barald, Anatomy & Cell Biology
  • Nancy E. Cantor, Psychology
  • Geoffrey H. Eley, History
  • John L. Harer, Mathematics
  • Donald Herzog, Political Science


  • Erdogan Gulari, Chemical Engineering
  • Thomas C. Holt, History
  • Stuart Y. McDougal, English Language & Literature
  • Beth G. Reed, Social Work
  • Arlene Saxonhouse, Political Science


  • Edie Goldenberg, Political Science
  • Michael W. Udow, Music
  • Robert A. Bender, Biological Sciences
  • Margot Norris, English Language & Literature


  • Michael E. Geyer, History
  • Lemuel A. Johnson, English Language and Literature
  • Rowena G. Matthews, Biological Chemistry/Biophysics
  • Peter McDonough, Political Science
  • Carl P. Simon, Mathematics


  • Andreas R. Blass, Mathematics
  • Mitchell J. Rycus, Urban Planning
  • Carl St. Clair, Music
  • J. Mills Thorntonv, III, History
  • Thelma Wells, Nursing


  • James Dapogny, Music
  • Carol Ann Kauffman, Internal Medicine
  • Deborah Rabinowitz, Biological Sciences
  • Lee H. Somers, Atmospheric & Oceanic Science
  • Alan Wald, English Language & Literature


  • Howard V. Brabson, Social Work
  • Maria A. Comninou, Mechanical Engineering
  • Miroslav Nincic, Political Science
  • George J. Siedel, III, Business Law
  • Bernard Van't Hul, English Language & Literature


  • Donald Deskins, Geography
  • Barbara L. Forisha, Psychology(Dearborn)
  • Steven D. Lavine, English Language & Literature
  • Peter E. Smouse, Human Genetics
  • Rudolf P. Thun, Physics


  • William R. Anderson, Biological Sciences
  • John R. Pringle, Biological Sciences
  • Bruce H. Wilkinson, Geological Sciences
  • Charles R. Eisendrath, Journalism
  • William R. Folk, Biological Chemistry


  • Kent Hubbell, Architecture
  • Robin M. Jacoby, History
  • John Jonides, Psychology
  • John E. Niederhuber, Surgery
  • Joel Samoff, Political Science
  • Kensall D. Wise, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
  • J. Frank Yates, Physiology


  • James H. Hand, Chemical Engineering
  • Gwendolyn S. Cruzat, Library Science
  • Lawrence A. Goldstein, English Language & Literature
  • Glenn M. Knudsvig, Classical Studies
  • Otelio S. Randall, Internal Medicine
  • James E. Crowfoot, Natural Resources


  • William R. Alexander, English Language & Literature
  • Daniel E. Atkins, III, Computer Engineering
  • Milton Heumann, Political Science
  • James S. Jackson, Psychology
  • James C. Stanley, Surgery


  • Hubert I. Cohen, Humanities
  • Peter Ferran, Residential College
  • Dana B. Main, Psychology
  • Jeffrey B. Rauch, Mathematics
  • Sara S. Winans, Anatomy


  • Margaret A. Lourie, English Language & Literature
  • James A. McNamara, Jr., Anatomy
  • David R. Mouw, Physiology
  • Robert G. Pachella, Psychology
  • David A. Songtegards, Applied Mechanics
  • Ralph Williams, English Language & Literature


  • William Albright, Music
  • H. Douglas Brown, Linguistics
  • Harry A. Douthit, Botany
  • Alan R. Price, Biological Chemistry
  • Edward Rothman, Statistics
  • Marilyn Young, History


  • Mcihael W. Berns, Zoology
  • M. David Curtis, Chemistry
  • Gary W. Fowler, Natural Resources
  • Karl R. Herwig, Medicine
  • Harold C. Livesay, History
  • James Allen Vann, History


  • David L. Chambers, Law
  • H. Scott Fogler, Chemical Engineering
  • Richard I. Ford, Anthropology
  • Lewis J. Kleinsmith, Zoology
  • Thomas A. Preston, Internal Medicine
  • J. B. Ritchie, Industrial Relations


  • John A. Bailey, Near Eastern Languages & Literatures
  • Walter H. Clark, English Language & Literature
  • James E. Dew, Far Eastern Languages & Literatures
  • Ronald G. Hiss, Internal Medicine
  • Peter J. Lynch, Dermatology
  • N. Harris McClamroch, Aerospace Engineering


  • David L. Angus, Education
  • Dale E. Briggs, Chemical Engineering
  • Max A. Heirich, Sociology
  • Bert G. Hornback, English Language & Literature
  • Kenneth A. Luther, Near Eastern Languages & Literatures
  • William G. Rosenberg, History


  • Brice Carnahan, Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering
  • C. William Colburn, Speech (Education)
  • Reed L. Detar, Physiology
  • Charles G. Morris, Psychology
  • Donald J. Munro, Philosophy
  • Aram A. Yengoyan, Anthropology


  • Burton V. Barnes, Forestry (Natural Resources)
  • John M. Carpenter, Nuclear Engineering
  • Raphael S. Ezekiel, Psychology
  • James A. Greene, Jr., Internal Medicine
  • Jens C. Zorn, Physics


  • Robert Kyes, Germanic Languages & Literatures
  • Leon H. Mayhew, Sociology
  • Frances W. Weber, Romance Languages & Literatures
  • Daniel J. Weintraub, Psychology
  • James T. White, Law
  • James Wilkes, Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering


  • Billy Eugene Frye, Zoology
  • Martin Daniel Gehner, Architecture
  • Paul William Gikas, Pathology
  • Robert Henry Kadlec, Fluids Engineering
  • Stephen Kaplan, Psychology
  • Leo Francis McNamara, English Language & Literature


  • Caesar Robert Blake, English Language & Literature
  • L.A. Peter Gosling, Geography
  • Paul Adrian Rondell, Physiology
  • Martin Sichel, Aerospace Engineering
  • Norman Carl Thomas, Political Science
  • Ross Johnston Wilhelm, Business Economics


  • Wallace Taft Berry, Music
  • William James Fry, Surgery
  • Harlan Lawson Lane, Psychology
  • Richard Christian Wilson, Industrial Engineering


  • Carl Cohen, Philosophy (Dearborn)
  • Clarence James Lafler, Pathology
  • Louis Lawrence Orlin, Near Eastern Languages & Literatures
  • John Patrick White, Political Science


  • John R. G. Gosling, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Armand John Guarino, Biochemistry
  • William C. Kelly, Geological Sciences
  • John Mersereau, Jr., Slavic Languages & Literatures


  • Sheridan Warner Baker, Jr., English Language & Literature
  • Allen Bruce Clarke, Mathematics
  • John Arnold Flower, Music
  • Lawrence Basil Slobodkin, Zoology