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DEI Faculty Award

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (OIED) has developed the university-wide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Faculty Award.

Each year, OIED will recognize a UTHSC faculty member who demonstrates exemplary leadership and the ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion through performance and conduct.

Nominees may demonstrate this commitment across a range of possibilities: student-centered or trainee centered inclusion initiatives; efforts to support recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, trainees, and/or students; teaching, service/outreach, research, and/or service that expands and embraces our understanding of inclusiveness; multicultural programming or related initiatives; community outreach activities; or several other possibilities.  Members of the UTHSC community, including students, trainees, staff, and faculty, are encouraged to nominate one or more candidates.   

Presentation of the award will take place at the annual Impact Awards Ceremony and will include $1,500 and a recognition plaque. 2021 Nominations will be open from September 13th to October 1st. 

Nomination and Selection Information

Eligibility
  1. Candidates must be regular instructor or faculty members with a minimum of three (3) years of consecutive UTHSC service. 
  2. Self-nominations and nominations by members of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council (DIAC) will not be considered.  Members of the DIAC cannot write letters of endorsement for the award on behalf of nominees.
  3. Members of the DIAC are not eligible to win the award. See the list of members of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council.
Criteria
Criteria for selection may include a broad range from diversity and inclusion-centered initiatives, efforts to support recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, trainees, and/or students; teaching, mentoring, service/outreach, clinical practice, and/or research that expands and embraces our understanding of inclusiveness; multicultural programming or related initiatives; community outreach activities; or several other possibilities that enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. Nomination letters should focus on how the nominee’s actions align with UTHSC’s cross-cutting diversity and inclusion strategic goals and with supplemental documentation addressing stated diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the nominee’s respective college and department.
Nomination Process

A letter of nomination, paying particular attention to how the nominee’s activities reflect the criteria noted above (Max 750 words).

Selection Process

Candidates selected to move to the final selection stage will have to submit: 

  1. A letter of support from the chair and dean of the nominee.
  2. At least two (and no more than five) letters of support from individuals who can provide testimony to the transformational impact and sustained effectiveness of the nominee’s contributions; at least one letter should be from a member of the UTHSC community.
  3. A CV demonstrating the track record of the nominee in the addressing the areas described above.
Any supporting documents as appropriate (e.g., media coverage, teaching evaluations). 

Last Published: Aug 26, 2021