Faculty & Staff Awards

Awards & Honors

Each year, faculty and staff are honored for their accomplishments and service to the University and community. At the Fall Convocation, the recipients of these distinguished achievements are recognized.

Below is the complete list of all UM-Flint faculty and staff awards under Academic Affairs. Information on criteria and the application process can be found here.

We have many faculty and staff who are worthy of these awards. Please give careful consideration to colleagues in your own and in other units who deserve this recognition. Your support is essential to assemble a strong pool of candidates for each of these honors. A list of recent recipients can be found here.

Due to award timelines and/or funding constraints, all awards may not be available each year. Notification of available awards will be announced when the call for nominations is made. 

The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Online applications for the awards can be found here.

Alvin D. Loving Junior 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 junior faculty program was established in his name to recognize his pioneering efforts.

UM-Flint has established the Alvin D. Loving Junior Faculty Initiative to provide released time for junior faculty members who have demonstrated a high potential for professional advancement at UM-Flint and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, or whose research/courses focus on issues affecting underrepresented minorities.

The successful candidate will be appointed by the provost with the consent of the chancellor as the Alvin D. Loving Junior Faculty for one year with release time of one three-credit-hour course per semester. No more than one appointment as the Alvin D. Loving Junior faculty is available.

Eligibility
Eligible for nomination are faculty members, of any race or ethnicity, holding a regular appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor and possessing the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated a commitment to diversity, or whose research/courses focus on issues affecting underrepresented minorities.
  • Generous service to the professional, university or general community.
  • Conspicuous ability in teaching.
  • Recognized scholarship or creative activities.
  • High potential for professional advancement and continued professional development at UM-Flint.

A faculty member would be excluded from consideration for this award if he/she is a current member of SASE.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 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, with signature from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • Nominee’s condensed vita (2 pages).
  • Evidence of demonstrated commitment to diversity, or of research/courses focusing on issues affecting underrepresented minorities.
  • Evidence of service to the professional, university or general community.
  • Evidence of conspicuous ability in teaching.
  • Evidence of recognized scholarship or creative activities.
  • Evidence of high potential for professional advancement and continued professional development at UM-Flint.
  • Up to three (3) letters of support.

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 UM-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.

Eligibility
Eligible for nomination are faculty members, of any race or ethnicity, holding a regular appointment at the rank of full professor at UM-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.

Nominations
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.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 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, with signatures from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • Nominee’s condensed vita (2 pages).
  • 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.

David M. French Professorship

The Board of Regents has created a number of distinguished professorships to honor faculty who have attained national or international recognition for continuous scholarly achievement, teaching excellence and recognized breadth of interest. One of these professorships was designated for UM-Flint and has been named the David M. French Professorship honoring the founding dean of the Flint College of the University of Michigan. The appointment as David M. French Professor may run from one to three years and carries a stipend of $5,000 per year.

Eligibility
Eligible for nomination are full-time faculty members at the rank of tenured full professor who have been with the University for a minimum of three years and who possess the following:

  • Distinguished scholarship or authorship.
  • Conspicuous ability as a teacher.

An individual would normally be excluded from consideration for this award for any of the following reasons:

  • He/she holds a continuing administrative or non-teaching appointment of more than one third.
  • He/she holds an administrative appointment above the level of department chair.
  • He/she is a current member of the SASE.
  • He/she has received this award before.

Applications
The deadline for nomination materials for the David M. French Professorship to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Online applications for the awards can be found here.

Required Supporting Documentation

  • Nominee’s vita.
  • Nomination for Faculty Award form.
  • Letter of support from appropriate department chair, director, or dean
  • Evidence of distinguished scholarship or authorship.
  • Evidence of conspicuous ability as a teacher.
  • Evidence of outstanding achievements or service.
  • Up to five representative articles or other works published or completed.
  • Up to three (3) letters from peer reviewers (internal or external) that address the scholarly activity of the nominee.

The Scholarships, Awards and Special Events Committee may request additional documentation from the nominator, the nominee, and other members of the university community.


Distinguished Service Award

The award for distinguished service is available to recognize outstanding faculty performance at UM-Flint. Carrying a stipend of $2,000, this award may be made to full-time instructors, assistant professors, associate professors, or full professors. This honor need not be awarded every year.

Eligibility
Full-time faculty members who have been with the university for a minimum of three years are eligible to be nominated.

An individual would normally be excluded from consideration for this award for any of the following reasons:

  • He/she holds a continuing administrative or non-teaching appointment of more than one third.
  • He/she holds an administrative appointment above the level of department chair.
  • He/she is the David M. French Professor.
  • He/she is a current member of the SASE.
  • He/she has received this award within the past five years.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. The online applications for the award can be found here.

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

  • Nomination for Faculty Award form, with signature from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • Nominee’s condensed vita (2 pages).
  • Candidate’s statement of service contribution (maximum 750 words) about service activities at the university, in the community and in professional organizations.
  • Up to three (3) letters of support from colleagues, agencies in the community, or other outside professional organizations that help to indicate the type and quality of service performed.

Dorothea E. Wyatt Award

A member of the founding faculty of the Flint campus, Dr. Dorothea Wyatt served as chair of the Department of History, secretary to the faculty, and counselor to women. Prior to retirement in 1975, she was involved in numerous organizations within the Flint community. This award, which carries a stipend of $2,000, was established in her honor. The award need not be given every year. In even-numbered years, staff members are eligible to receive this award, and in odd-numbered years faculty members are eligible.

Eligibility
In odd-numbered years, faculty members who have been with the university for a minimum of three years are eligible for nomination. In even-numbered years, staff members who have been with the university for a minimum of three years are eligible for nomination. Candidates may be of any gender and should possess some or all of the following qualifications:

  • Leadership role in promoting equity and opportunities for women to participate more fully in the campus community.
  • Involvement in the creation or implementation of programs that, though open to all, would better the status of women on campus or in the community.

In odd-numbered years, a faculty member would be excluded from consideration for this award for any of the following reasons:

  • They hold a continuing administrative or non-teaching appointment of more than one third.
  • They hold an administrative appointment above the level of department chair.
  • They are the current David M. French Professor.
  • They are a current member of the SASE.
  • They have received this award within the past five years.

Nominations
Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, or students.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 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/Staff Award form, with signatures from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • 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.
  • Up to three (3) letters of support.

Dr. Lois Matz Rosen Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Lois Matz Rosen taught at the university for over 20 years as a professor of English. She was the founding director of the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching.

This annual award was established by Dr. Rosen upon her retirement in 2003 and carries a stipend of $2,000. In any given year, the award may be split between 2 highly qualified applicants or, should no qualified candidate be nominated, may not be awarded, at the discretion of the TCLT Advisory Board and director. This award may be made to junior tenure-track faculty in any UM-Flint school or college from their 3rd year of appointment up to but not including the academic year of their initial review for promotion/tenure. An award may be made only once to a junior faculty member and the faculty member must be employed by the university in the fall semester following the Academic Convocation when the award is presented.

Eligibility
Tenure-track faculty in any UM-Flint school or college in their 3rd year of appointment up to but not including the academic year of their initial review for promotion/tenure are eligible to be nominated. Highly qualified candidates must possess the following characteristics:

  • Consistent level of excellence in and demonstration of inclusion strategies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching through course development activities, attendance at campus teaching workshops, participation in conferences on pedagogy, publications related to pedagogy, etc.
  • Recognizable commitment to UM-Flint students both inside and outside of the classroom (through advising, mentoring, or research/performance activities.)
  • Awards will not be made to individuals who are selected to receive the Teaching Excellence Award in that same year.

Nominations
Nominations may be made by a nominee’s faculty colleagues, department chair, or dean. Self-nominations will not be accepted. The TCLT Advisory Board will review materials and select the recipient(s) for this award.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. The online application for the award can be found here.

Required Support Documentation – maximum of 25-30 pages total (including nomination form)

  • Completed Nomination for Faculty Award form (1 page).
  • Nominee’s condensed vita listing classes taught, new course development, instructional techniques (2 pages).
  • Teaching philosophy (1-2 pages).
  • Letter of recommendation of Department Chair or Dean (2 pages).
  • Written reflection and summary of student evaluations (2 pages).
  • Three peer recommendations and/or peer reviews through classroom visitation (It is strongly recommended that at least one peer review through classroom visitation be included. Review of online teaching is also acceptable.)
  • At least three but not more than five letters of support from students that address teaching and advising that are solicited by the candidate’s nominator or chairperson.

Additional materials submitted beyond the required documentation will not be considered.


Lawrence D. Kugler Academic Advisor Excellence Award

The Lawrence D. Kugler Academic Advisor Excellence Award is available to recognize outstanding faculty and staff advising at UM-Flint. The award honors Larry Kugler, Professor of Mathematics, whose past positions include interim chancellor, interim provost, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and chair of the Department of Mathematics. In providing academic advising to students in the Mathematics Department and as faculty advisor in the Academic Advising Center, Dr. Kugler used a holistic advising approach that included academic and career guidance, along with mentorship. The award carries a stipend of $2,000. It need not be given every year.

Eligibility
Full-time faculty members and full-time professional staff members who have been with the university for a minimum of three years are eligible to be nominated.

A faculty member would normally be excluded from consideration for this award for any of the following reasons:

  • He/she holds a continuing administrative or non-teaching appointment of more than one third.
  • He/she holds an administrative appointment above the level of department chair.
  • He/she is the David M. French Professor.
  • He/she is a current member of the SASE.
  • He/she has received this award within the past five years.

A staff member would normally be excluded from consideration for this award if he/she has received this award within the past five years.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 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/Staff Award form, with signatures from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • Nominee’s condensed vita or resume (2 pages).
  • Candidate’s statement (maximum 750 words) addressing his/her philosophy on student advising and demonstrating effectiveness in guiding student progress toward academic and career goals.
  • Up to three (3) letters from former advisees.

Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Junior Faculty Award

Lucinda Hinsdale Stone (1814-1900), along with others, lobbied University of Michigan, its regents, and the state legislature to open the university to women. This award was established in recognition of her efforts. The award is intended to encourage junior faculty to accomplish the scholarly and creative work that is necessary for the attainment of academic tenure. The provost, with the consent of the chancellor, will appoint the successful candidate as Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Junior Faculty for one year with reassigned time of one three-credit course during the academic year in which the recipient holds this award. The recipient will also receive a privately-funded monetary stipend of $2,000 to be used in any way best suited to their scholarly and pedagogical interests. A faculty member can receive this only once.

Eligibility
Eligible for nomination are faculty members holding a regular appointment at the rank of assistant professor and possessing the following qualifications:

  • Leadership role in promoting equity and opportunities for women to participate more fully in the campus community.
  • Involvement in the creation or implementation of programs that, though open to all, would better the status of women on campus or in the community.
  • Recognized scholarship or creative activities.
  • Conspicuous ability in teaching.
  • Significant service to the professional, university or general community. 
  • High potential for professional advancement and continued professional development at UM-Flint.

An individual would normally be excluded from consideration for this award for any of the reasons:

  • They hold a continuing administrative or non-teaching appointment of more than one third.
  • They hold an administrative appointment above the level of department chair.
  • They are the David M. French Professor.
  • They are a current member of the SASE.
  • They have received this award within the past five years.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 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, with signatures from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • Nominee’s condensed vita (2 pages).
  • Plan of professional activities to be carried out under this program.
  • Evidence of recognized scholarship or creative activities.
  • Evidence of conspicuous ability in teaching.
  • Evidence of service to the professional, university or general community.
  • Evidence of high potential for professional advancement and continued professional development at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Senior Faculty Award

Lucinda Hinsdale Stone (1814-1900), along with others, lobbied the University of Michigan, its regents, and the state legislature to open the university to women. This award was established in recognition of her efforts. The award is intended to facilitate the continued scholarly achievement of senior faculty who perform extraordinary service to the institution, the profession, and the general community. The provost, with the consent of the chancellor, will appoint the successful candidate as Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Senior Faculty for one year with reassigned time of one three-credit course during the academic year in which the recipient holds this award. The recipient will also receive a privately-funded monetary stipend to be used in any way best suited to their scholarly and pedagogical goals. A faculty member can receive this only once.

Eligibility
Eligible for nomination are faculty members holding a regular appointment at the rank of associate or full professor and possessing the following qualifications:

  • Widely recognized national/international scholarship or creative activities.
  • Conspicuous ability in teaching.
  • Extraordinary service to the professional, university or general community.
  • Leadership role in promoting equity and opportunities for women to participate more fully in the campus community.
  • Involvement in the creation or implementation of programs that, though open to all, would better the status of women on campus or in the community.

An individual would normally be excluded from consideration for this award for any of the following reasons:

  • They hold a continuing administrative or non-teaching appointment of more than one third.
  • They hold an administrative appointment above the level of department chair.
  • They are the David M. French Professor.
  • They are a current member of the SASE.
  • They have received this award within the past five years.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 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, with signatures from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • Nominee’s condensed vita (2 pages).
  • Evidence regarding the candidate’s efforts that support their eligibility for the nomination.
  • Plan of professional activities to be carried out under this program.
  • Evidence of widely recognized national/international scholarship or creative activities.
  • Evidence of conspicuous ability in teaching.
  • Evidence of extraordinary service to the professional, university or general community.

Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award

The Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year Award is given by the Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU) to recognize a tenured professor who displays a special commitment to undergraduate education. Self-nominations are not accepted. All required documentation must be submitted on time in order for the nomination to be considered. More details are forthcoming.


Olivia P. Maynard & Olof Karlstrom Faculty Award for Civic Engagement

Due to a generous gift from Regent Olivia P. Maynard and Olof Karlstrom, University Outreach and Academic Affairs will grant one $1500 faculty stipend per academic year for excellence in civic engagement.

Eligibility
Nominees should hold one of the following:

  • A full-time faculty appointment — tenured, or tenure-track.

The intent of this award is to recognize and honor faculty for their significant contribution to advancing the practice of civic engagement through teaching and scholarship and UM-Flint.

Selection Criteria

  • Significant experience in teaching civic engagement: evidence of innovative ways of employing a reflective teaching methodology to connect community and public service experience with academic study. (Service here is broadly defined to encompass a variety of activities — including research, organizing, and advocacy — that address important public issues.)
  • Evidence of engaged scholarship: scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and/or teaching, including, but not limited to, community-based action research, scholarship on the pedagogy of civic engagement, or research on the impact of civic engagement on students, the campus or the community.
  • Evidence of institutional impact: demonstrated leadership that promotes civic engagement on campus and/or within in one’s discipline.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. The online application for the award can be found here.

Nomination Requirements – maximum of 12 pages (including nomination form)

  • Nomination for Faculty Award form, with signatures from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • Nominee’s condensed vita (2 pages).
  • A 2-3 page essay that specifically addresses the faculty member’s engagement efforts.
  • An example of a syllabus from a previous class that outlines the faculty and/or student engagement.
  • A letter of support (this can come from the chancellor, provost, faculty, student, administrator, or community partner).
  • Commitment to attend faculty convocation if selected.

The Special Events and Awards Committee will review eligible applicants and select one faculty member per academic year starting with Fall 2009. University Outreach and Academic Affairs will be noted as the co-sponsors of this award with Olivia P. Maynard and Olof Karlstrom being recognized as the funders/ supporters.


Scholarly or Creative Achievement Award

The award for scholarly or creative achievement is available to recognize outstanding faculty performance UM-Flint.  Carrying a stipend of $2,000, this award may be made to full-time instructors, assistant, associate, or full professors.  It is not a requirement that this honor be awarded every year.

Eligibility
Full-time faculty members who have been with the university for a minimum of three years are eligible to be nominated.

An individual would normally be excluded from consideration for this award for any of the following reasons:

  • He/she holds a continuing administrative or non-teaching appointment of more than one third.
  • He/she holds an administrative appointment above the level of department chair.
  • He/she is the current David M. French Professor.
  • He/she is a current member of the SASE.
  • He/she has received this award within the past five years.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. The online application for the award can be found here.

Required Supporting Documentation

  • Nomination for Faculty Award form, with signatures from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • Nominee’s condensed vita (2 pages).
  • Candidate’s statement for a general audience (maximum 750 words) about research program and its significance in the candidate’s field.
  • Abstracts of each book written (if applicable) and up to five representative publications (articles, books) or creative work (such as art slides).
  • Up to three (3) letters from peers (internal or external) that addresses the scholarly activity of the nominee.

Teaching Excellence Award

The award for teaching excellence is available to recognize outstanding faculty performance at UM-Flint. Carrying a stipend of $2,000, this award may be made to full-time lecturers, assistant professors, associate professors, or full professors. This honor need not be awarded every year.

To provide faculty expertise to the Thompson Center for Learning and Teaching (TCLT), the recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award will also become a member of the TCLT Advisory Committee for three years.

Eligibility
Full-time faculty members who have been with the university for a minimum of three years are eligible to be nominated.

An individual would normally be excluded from consideration for this award for any of the following reasons:

  • He/she holds a continuing administrative or non-teaching appointment of more than one third.
  • He/she holds an administrative appointment above the level of department chair.
  • He/she is the David M. French Professor.
  • He/she is a current member of the SASE.
  • He/she has received this award within the past five years.

Applications
The deadline for Faculty Award information to be uploaded to InfoReady is March 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm. The online application for the award can be found here.

Required Supporting Documentation – maximum of 15 pages (including nomination form)

  • Nomination for Faculty Award form, with signatures from nominator and appropriate chair, director, or dean.
  • Nominee’s condensed vita (2 pages).
  • Candidate’s statement (maximum 750 words) about teaching philosophy, including course development and innovations in teaching methods or course structure.
  • Summarized numerical teaching evaluation scores in table format for the past 1-3 years.
  • Any scholarly activities related to pedagogy – including published research/cases, conference and workshop participation, etc.
  • Up to three (3) letters of support from peers addressing teaching effectiveness, creativity, counseling or utilization of non-classroom time to benefit students.