Nominations open for $50,000 Provost's Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity

The Office of the Provost has invited Johns Hopkins University faculty members to nominate their colleagues or themselves for this year's $50,000 Provost's Prize for Faculty Excellence in Diversity. Submissions, which should include a statement from the nominee, a CV, and a letter of support, must be emailed by April 10 to

The prize was established as part of the university's Faculty Diversity Initiative to recognize a full-time faculty member who has made scholarly or creative contributions related to diversity. The inaugural award recipient, in 2016, was Lisa Cooper, the James F. Fries Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine and founding director of the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities. Peabody's Judah Adashi was named a finalist for the award and received a $10,000 honorarium.

"We are looking forward to identifying colleagues who exemplify the university's commitment to excellence by embracing the diversity of thought, people, and experiences that is central to our success," says Christopher Celenza, vice provost for faculty affairs.

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

A 10-member committee representing all nine academic divisions will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Office of the Provost. The winner will be honored at the Diversity Leadership Council's annual awards ceremony, to be held in May in the Homewood campus's Glass Pavilion.

Full details are on the Office of the Provost website.

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