PLEASE NOTE: We have substantially changed the guidelines and process for awards nominations. Please remember to read through the description below.
This award is conferred annually to recognize faculty members early in their academic careers who already have demonstrated an extraordinary record of accomplishment in scholarly research and/or creativity, as well as an excellent record of contribution as a teacher.
Nominees with the title of assistant professor or associate professor are eligible for this award, provided that they have been tenure track instructional faculty at the University of Michigan for no more than six years at the time of nomination. Nominators are encouraged to nominate outstanding women, minorities and members of other groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines.
This award recognizes faculty early in their academic careers who already have demonstrated an extraordinary record of accomplishment in scholarship, research, and creativity and have also demonstrated excellence as a teacher.
Number of Awards
Two awards of $1,200 each will be made annually.
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 Pat McCune to arrange for activation of the online dossier.
An interdisciplinary selection committee comprised of distinguished senior faculty from a range of schools and colleges reviews all nominations and recommends those who should receive awards to President Coleman for her approval. The award(s) will be publicly announced and formally presented on the occasion of the Henry Russel Lecture in March 2015.
The nomination deadline for 2014 Henry Russel Awards is March 26, 2014 12PM/noon EDT.
For more information contact:
Pat McCune, Ph.D.
Senior Project Manager
The complete instructions for submitting a nomination for this award are available here as well as on the separate nomination website.
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 (3,400 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 achievements in a way that conveys the significance to those not acquainted with the discipline. The nomination must also make it clear why this particular individual was nominated given the notably accomplished and engaged number of faculty at U-M.
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, advisors, and faculty with whom the nominee has collaborated or taught. Excerpts from these may be incorporated where appropriate in the letter of nomination. The nominator may also make use of excerpts from letters solicited for a tenure review, if such letters are available.
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.
Include the nominee's most 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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