Call for nominations for the 2020 Society of Scholars

Faculty asked to recommend formerly affiliated scholars who have achieved great distinction in their fields

In 1967, Johns Hopkins President Milton S. Eisenhower proposed a novel and unprecedented idea to the university's board of trustees: the establishment of an entity to recognize formerly affiliated individuals who had reached great heights in their fields.

The Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars, approved by the board on May 1, became the first of its kind in the nation to honor individuals who had completed their graduate, postdoctoral, professional, or performance training at a university but were not currently affiliated with that university, and who had achieved marked professional or scholarly distinction in their fields.

New members are recognized each year at an induction ceremony and celebration overseen by the provost and attended by their nominators and others. Each new member is presented with a certificate and a medallion on a black and gold ribbon. To date, 688 members have been inducted.

The Office of the Provost is now asking faculty members to submit their recommendations for 2020 recipients.

Nominees must have been in residence at Johns Hopkins University for at least one year and must have been separated from the institution for at least five years prior to the nomination deadline of the current year.

All graduate and postdoctoral alumni are eligible. Peabody post-baccalaureate performance alumni are also eligible.

The selection process will favor those for whom training at Johns Hopkins was clearly instrumental in launching their outstanding, independent careers.

The 2020 Society of Scholars Nomination Form is available on the Faculty Affairs website. Save and email the completed form along with the other required information to your divisional representative on the Selection Committee by Nov. 15; their names are available on the website.

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