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New Provost's Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity announced

Full-time Johns Hopkins faculty members with bodies of work focused on diversity and inclusion are invited to apply for the new $50,000 Provost's Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity. Submissions must be emailed to provosts_prize@jhu.edu by April 30.

The prize acknowledges faculty efforts across a broad spectrum of disciplines, such as international affairs, business, education, science, health, public policy, the arts, and other fields. For the award, diversity is broadly defined and includes issues related to underrepresented minorities, women, gender identity, sexual orientation, and/or disabilities.

Current full-time Johns Hopkins faculty members in any discipline are eligible to nominate or be nominated for the prize, and self-nominations are encouraged. The winner will be honored at the Diversity Leadership Council's annual awards ceremony, to be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, in the Homewood campus's Glass Pavilion.

In an announcement to faculty, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy said, "Nominees should exemplify Johns Hopkins University's commitment to institutional excellence grounded in the belief that diversity of thought, people, and experiences is central to the success of our work, and to our education, research, and service missions."

Nominations must include a letter no longer than two pages that describes how the nominee's body of work promotes the advancement of understanding, acceptance, and/or solidarity for the confluence of cultures that embody the global world. Self-nominations require a one-page cover letter from the nominee and a two-page letter of support from a full-time Johns Hopkins faculty member.

In addition, all submissions must include a statement from the nominee (maximum two pages) that describes the contribution his or her work makes to the advancement of diversity, the nominee's CV, and his or her division and department.

A 10-member committee representing all nine academic divisions will review the nominations and recommend a winner to the vice provost for faculty affairs.

The award is one element of a broader faculty diversity initiative outlined by university leaders in the fall. The initiative includes several components to support more expansive and inclusive faculty searches, create a pipeline of diverse scholars, and broaden support for underrepresented members of the faculty in addition to supporting scholarship related to diversity and inclusion.

Questions can be emailed to Stella Marks, assistant vice provost for faculty affairs, at stella.marks@jhu.edu.

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