Alvin D. Loving Senior Faculty Initiative Award

A member of the founding faculty of the Flint campus, Dr. Alvin D. Loving had the distinction of being the first tenured minority faculty member on this campus.  This senior faculty program was established in his name to recognize his pioneering efforts.

Senior faculty members who have distinguished themselves by outstanding achievements are extremely important to the University of Michigan-Flint.  When they are also highly marketable, extraordinary efforts to retain them have to be made.  In recognition of the unusual service demands placed on senior faculty, UM-Flint has established the Alvin D. Loving Senior Faculty Award to provide release time for a highly valued faculty member who has, through programs or approaches open to all, demonstrably promoted faculty retention in support of a diverse work force.

This award is granted for one year with released time of one three-credit-hour course per semester.


Eligible for nomination are faculty members, of any race or ethnicity, holding a regular appointment at the rank of full professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and possessing the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, or whose research/courses focus on issues affecting underrepresented minorities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the professional development and retention of faculty, particularly minority faculty, at UM-Flint.
  • Distinguished scholarship or creative activities.
  • Generous service to the professional, university or general community.
  • Conspicuous ability in teaching.
  • High degree of marketability to other institutions.
A faculty member would be excluded from consideration for this award if he/she is a current member of SASE.


Since deans are the administrators who normally respond to market conditions facing faculty members, nominations for this award shall be initiated by the appropriate dean or director with budgetary authority and submitted to the Provost.  The award shall be made by the Provost, with the consent of the Chancellor.

The name of the nominee and the name of the award for which the person is being nominated is due no later than January 17, 2019. Please begin the online application and upload the Nomination for Faculty Award form, signed by the appropriate department leadership, by this date. The link to begin an application will disappear from the website on January 17, 2019 at 11:59 pm . The deadline to upload the remaining supporting documents is March 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

The online application for the award can be found here:

Required Supporting Documentation – maximum of 12 pages (including nomination form)

  • Nomination for Faculty Award form.
  • Nominee's condensed vita (2 pages).
  • Signature from appropriate department chair (dean in the case of SOM, director in the case of SHPS) on the Nomination for Faculty Award form.
  • Evidence regarding the candidate’s efforts that support their eligibility for the nomination.
  • Evidence of distinguished scholarship or creative activities.
  • Evidence of service to the professional, university or general community.
  • Evidence of conspicuous ability in teaching.
  • Evidence of high degree of marketability to other institutions.

Here is the Nomination for Faculty/Staff Award Form.