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Henry Russel Lectureship

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.

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General Information

Eligibility

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.

Selection Criteria

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.

Selection Process

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.

Deadline

The nomination deadline is 5:00pm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

For more information contact:

Honors and Awards
Telephone: (734) 615-0255
E-mail: honorsandawards@umich.edu

Guidelines for Preparing Nominations

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.

Cover Sheet

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.

Nominating Letter

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Provide the nominee’s current c.v.

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Recipients of the Henry Russel Lectureship

2018

  • Terry Robinson, Psychology

2017

  • Linda Gregerson, English Language and Literature

2016

  • David E. Meyer, Psychology

2015

  • Homer Neal, Physics

2014

  • Fawwaz Ulaby, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

2013

  • James S. House, Public Policy and Sociology

2012

  • Rebecca J. Scott, History/Law

2011

  • Richard Janko, Classical Studies

2010

  • Richard Nisbett, Psychology

2009

  • Lennard Fisk, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences

2008

  • Kent V. Flannery, Anthropology

2007

  • Kensall Wise, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

2006

  • Huda Akil, Psychiatry

2005

  • William Fulton, Mathematics

2004

  • Maris Vinovskis, History/Public Policy

2003

  • Rowena G. Matthews, Biological Chemistry/Biophysics

2002

  • Gerard Mourou, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

2000

  • Abigail Stewart, Psychology/Women's Studies

1999

  • Jack E. Dixon, Biological Chemistry

1998

  • David E. Kuhl, Internal Medicine/Radiology

1997

  • William E. Bolcom, Music Composition

1996

  • Ludwig Koenen, Papyrology/Classical Studies

1995

  • Vincent Massey, Biological Chemistry

1994

  • Elizabeth M. Douvan, Psychology/Women's Studies

1993

  • John H. Holland, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science/Psychology

1992

  • Robert Axelrod, Political Science/Public Policy

1991

  • Minor J. Coon, Biological Chemistry

1990

  • Frederick W. Gehring, Mathematics

1989

  • Richard D. Alexander, Evolutionary Biology

1988

  • Bernard W. Agranoff, Neurosciences/Biological Chemistry

1987

  • Philip E. Converse, Sociology/Political Science

1986

  • Thomas M. Donahue, Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Science

1985

  • Sidney Fine, History

1984

  • Leslie R. Bassett, Music Composition

1983

  • Stefan S. Fajans, Internal Medicine

1982

  • Emmett R. Leith, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

1981

  • Leslie Kish, Sociology/Institute for Social Research

1980

  • Halvor N. Christensen, Biological Chemistry

1979

  • Francis A. Allen, Law

1978

  • Arthur W. Burks, Philosophy/Computer & Communication Sciences

1977

  • Charles Gibson, History

1976

  • Lamberto Cesari, Mathematics

1975

  • George Kish, Geography

1974

  • Chia-Sun Yih, Mechanical Engineering

1973

  • George E. Mendenhall, Near Eastern Studies

1972

  • James B. Griffin, Anthropology

1971

  • Paul G. Kauper, Law

1970

  • John Arthos, English Language & Literature

1969

  • Arnold M. Kuethe, Aerospace Engineering

1968

  • Horace R. Crane, Physics

1967

  • Maurice H. Seevers, Pharmacology

1966

  • James V. Neel, Human Genetics

1965

  • Harold E. Wethey, History of Art

1964

  • William Randolph Taylor, Botany

1963

  • Irving A. Leonard, History

1962

  • Herbert C. Youtie, Classical Studies

1961

  • Jerome W. Conn, Medicine

1960

  • Frederick F. Blicke, Chemistry

1959

  • Raymond L. Wilder, Mathematics

1958

  • Verner W. Crane, History

1957

  • Louis I. Bredvold, English Language & Literature

1956

  • George E. Uhlenbeck, Physics

1955

  • George Granger Brown, Engineering

1954

  • Thomas Francis, Jr., Epidemiology

1953

  • Robert Gesell, Physiology

1952

  • David M. Dennison, Physics

1951

  • Aaron Franklin Shull, Zoology

1950

  • Arthur Edward R. Boak, History

1949

  • Howard Bishop Lewis, Biological Chemistry

1948

  • Hobart Hurd Willard, Chemistry

1947

  • DeWitt Henry Parker, Philosophy

1946

  • Elizabeth C. Crosby, Anatomy

1945

  • Edward Henry Kraus, Mineralogy

1944

  • John Alexander, Surgery

1943

  • Isaiah Leo Sharfman, Economics

1942

  • William H. Worrell, Near Eastern Studies

1941

  • Harrison M. Randall, Physics

1940

  • Frank Norman Wilson, Medicine

1939

  • Campbell Bonner, Greek

1938

  • Heber Doust Curtis, Astronomy

1937

  • Charles Wallace Edmunds, Materia Medica

1936

  • John Garrett Winter, Latin

1935

  • Gotthelf Carl Huber, Anatomy

1934

  • Ermine Cowles Case, Geology

1933

  • Walter B. Pillsbury, Psychology

1932

  • Jesse Siddall Reeves, Political Science

1931

  • William Herbert Hobbs, Geology

1930

  • Claude H. Van Tyne, History

1929

  • Alfred Scott Warthin, Pathology

1928

  • Henry Arthur Sanders, Latin

1927

  • Frederick George Novy, Bacteriology

1926

  • Moses Gomberg, Chemistry