PLEASE NOTE: We have substantially changed the guidelines and process for awards nominations. Please remember to read through the description below.
Information about the 2013 Henry Russel Lecture is available here.
Considered the University's highest honor for a senior member of its active faculty, the Henry Russel Lectureship is awarded annually to recognize a faculty member of exceptional achievements in research, scholarship and/or creative endeavors, and an outstanding record of distinguished teaching, mentoring, and service to the university and to wider communities.
- General Information
- Guidelines for the Preparation of Nominations
- Recipients of the Henry Russel Lectureship
Senior faculty with the rank of full professor may be nominated for the Henry Russel Lectureship. Nominees must be active members of the faculty both at the time of nomination and at the time of delivering the Russel Lecture, usually in the following academic year. Nominators are encouraged to nominate outstanding women, minorities, and members of other groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines.
The Henry Russel Lectureship is awarded annually to recognize a faculty member 1) who has made exceptional contributions to research, scholarship and creative endeavors, 2) who has an outstanding record as an educator in teaching and mentoring, and 3) whose national and international reputation for excellence brings distinction to the University of Michigan.
Number of Awards
One award of $2,000 will be made annually. The recipient delivers the Henry Russel Lecture which takes place in the following academic year.
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.
Nominations are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of distinguished senior faculty from across the schools and colleges, including former recipients of this award. Awardees are selected by the President of the university based upon the recommendations of this committee. The formal presentation of the award will take place when the recipient of the Lectureship delivers his/her Henry Russel Lecture in March 2015.
The nomination deadline for 2014 Henry Russel Lectureship is March 26, 2014, 12PM/noon EDT.
For more information contact:
Pat McCune, Ph.D.
Senior Project Manager
Telephone: (734) 936-1647
Guidelines for the Preparation of Nominations
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 full professors 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 across the country, and faculty with whom the nominee has collaborated. 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:
- An assessment of the range and overall importance the nominee's research, scholarly or creative endeavors and accomplishments so that readers can understand the scope and value of his/her professional work. The committee is especially interested in evidence of contributions that have transformed a discipline or field of study or launched a new field of study.
- Evidence of substantial recognition nationally and internationally among peers and scholars for the impact of the research or scholarship. This should include prior recognition within the University (such as selection as a Distinguished University Professor) and by professional associations, national academies, or other groups with knowledge of the nominee’s contributions. The committee is especially interested in recognition that extends beyond a nominee’s immediate field of expertise.
- Evidence of outstanding contributions as an educator. This should include willingness to make education a high priority during the nominee’s career; engagement in curriculum development and improvement; recognition as an accomplished teacher; engagement with graduate students and junior colleagues to further their scholarship and careers.
- Evidence of effective contributions to serving the nominee’s department, school or college, university, professional association, or other institutions. This may include successful service in formal or informal administrative or leadership roles.
- Attention to activities indicative of the nominee’s breadth of interest and engagement (e.g., interdisciplinary efforts or involvement with public, nonprofit, or entrepreneurial activity) and depth of knowledge in related fields.
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.
- James S. House, Public Policy and Sociology
- Rebecca J. Scott, History/Law
- Richard Janko, Classical Studies
- Richard Nisbett, Psychology
- Lennard Fisk, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
- Kent V. Flannery, Anthropology
- Kensall Wise, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Huda Akil, Psychiatry
- William Fulton, Mathematics
- Maris Vinovskis, History/Public Policy
- Rowena G. Matthews, Biological Chemistry/Biophysics
- Gerard Mourou, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
- Abigail Stewart, Psychology/Women's Studies
- Jack E. Dixon, Biological Chemistry
- David E. Kuhl, Internal Medicine/Radiology
- William E. Bolcom, Music Composition
- Ludwig Koenen, Papyrology/Classical Studies
- Vincent Massey, Biological Chemistry
- Elizabeth M. Douvan, Psychology/Women's Studies
- John H. Holland, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science/Psychology
- Robert Axelrod, Political Science/Public Policy
- Minor J. Coon, Biological Chemistry
- Frederick W. Gehring, Mathematics
- Richard D. Alexander, Evolutionary Biology
- Bernard W. Agranoff, Neurosciences/Biological Chemistry
- Philip E. Converse, Sociology/Political Science
- Thomas M. Donahue, Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Science
- Sidney Fine, History
- Leslie R. Bassett, Music Composition
- Stefan S. Fajans, Internal Medicine
- Emmett R. Leith, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
- Leslie Kish, Sociology/Institute for Social Research
- Halvor N. Christensen, Biological Chemistry
- Francis A. Allen, Law
- Arthur W. Burks, Philosophy/Computer & Communication Sciences
- Charles Gibson, History
- Lamberto Cesari, Mathematics
- George Kish, Geography
- Chia-Sun Yih, Mechanical Engineering
- George E. Mendenhall, Near Eastern Studies
- James B. Griffin, Anthropology
- Paul G. Kauper, Law
- John Arthos, English Language & Literature
- Arnold M. Kuethe, Aerospace Engineering
- Horace R. Crane, Physics
- Maurice H. Seevers, Pharmacology
- James V. Neel, Human Genetics
- Harold E. Wethey, History of Art
- William Randolph Taylor, Botany
- Irving A. Leonard, History
- Herbert C. Youtie, Classical Studies
- Jerome W. Conn, Medicine
- Frederick F. Blicke, Chemistry
- Raymond L. Wilder, Mathematics
- Verner W. Crane, History
- Louis I. Bredvold, English Language & Literature
- George E. Uhlenbeck, Physics
- George Granger Brown, Engineering
- Thomas Francis, Jr., Epidemiology
- Robert Gesell, Physiology
- David M. Dennison, Physics
- Aaron Franklin Shull, Zoology
- Arthur Edward R. Boak, History
- Howard Bishop Lewis, Biological Chemistry
- Hobart Hurd Willard, Chemistry
- DeWitt Henry Parker, Philosophy
- Elizabeth C. Crosby, Anatomy
- Edward Henry Kraus, Mineralogy
- John Alexander, Surgery
- Isaiah Leo Sharfman, Economics
- William H. Worrell, Near Eastern Studies
- Harrison M. Randall, Physics
- Frank Norman Wilson, Medicine
- Campbell Bonner, Greek
- Heber Doust Curtis, Astronomy
- Charles Wallace Edmunds, Materia Medica
- John Garrett Winter, Latin
- Gotthelf Carl Huber, Anatomy
- Ermine Cowles Case, Geology
- Walter B. Pillsbury, Psychology
- Jesse Siddall Reeves, Political Science
- William Herbert Hobbs, Geology
- Claude H. Van Tyne, History
- Alfred Scott Warthin, Pathology
- Henry Arthur Sanders, Latin
- Frederick George Novy, Bacteriology
- Moses Gomberg, Chemistry