In 1925, supported by funds from a bequest from Henry Russel (Law, 1875), the Regents established the Henry Russel Lectureship. 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 wider communities.
Nominees must be senior faculty with the rank of full professor. They must be active members of the faculty when nominated and at the time of delivering the Russel Lecture, usually in the following academic year. Nominations of outstanding women, minorities and members of other groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines are encouraged.
The award recognizes a senior faculty member who has made exceptional contributions to research, scholarship and creative endeavors; who has an outstanding record as an educator in teaching and mentoring, and who has a national and international reputation for excellence that brings distinction to the University of Michigan.
Number of Awards
One award in the amount of $2,000.
Source of Nominations
Nominations may be submitted by deans, directors, department/program heads, promotion or award committees, or individual faculty members. To re-nominate someone previously nominated, contact Honors and Awards to activate the online dossier.
A committee of distinguished senior faculty from different disciplines and academic units that includes former recipients of this award and is chaired by the Dean of the Graduate School, reviews nominations and makes recommendations to the President of the University. The award will be publicly announced early in the fall term and the recipient will present the annual Henry Russel Lecture in the 2018 winter term.
The nomination deadline is 5:00pm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.
For more information contact:
Honors and Awards
Telephone: (734) 615-0255
As described below, a nomination dossier must include a cover sheet with contact information, a nominating letter, and curriculum vitae. Incomplete nomination dossiers cannot be reviewed. The Graduate School will add to each nomination dossier a dissertation committee service report and the Registrar’s Teaching Evaluation “Instructor Report” that tabulates quantitative data only.
The online nomination dossier may be set up by a U-M faculty or staff member. Others may be given login access to the site as needed. The nomination system may be accessed as often as needed in order to complete the nomination dossier. All materials must be uploaded in Adobe PDF format.
Complete the online cover sheet with all information requested for both the nominee and the nominator—not the administrator who may have initiated the dossier.
As committee members represent a range of disciplines and may not be familiar with the nominee’s field, describe the nominee’s contributions in a way that conveys their significance to those not acquainted with the field. Given the number of highly accomplished senior faculty with national reputations for academic excellence, the letter should explain the particular distinction that makes the nominee exceptionally qualified for this honor. The letter may incorporate quotations from former and current students, peers and faculty, including from letters solicited for tenure review, that describe the significance of the nominee’s scholarly and research achievements, teaching and mentoring excellence, service contributions and other impact measures outside the classroom.
The letter may be no longer than 2,000 words. A new letter may be submitted for re-nominations or an addendum may be submitted to update the dossier.
Letters should cover the areas below; those that do not will disadvantage the nominee:
- 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, including an explanation of the most significant external awards to help the committee assess the nominee’s stature in the field. 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 having education as a high priority during the nominee’s career; engagement in curriculum development and improvement; recognition as an accomplished teacher; and engagement with graduate students and junior colleagues to further their scholarship and careers.
- Evidence of extraordinary service and collegiality within the University community and engagement with professional associations, societies, or other national 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.
Provide the nominee’s current c.v.
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- David E. Meyer, Psychology
- Homer Neal, Physics
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- 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
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- 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
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- George E. Uhlenbeck, Physics
- George Granger Brown, Engineering
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- Robert Gesell, Physiology
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- Edward Henry Kraus, Mineralogy
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- William H. Worrell, Near Eastern Studies
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- Frank Norman Wilson, Medicine
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- John Garrett Winter, Latin
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- Claude H. Van Tyne, History
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