The Provost’s Distinguished Career Award for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is given in recognition of an individual who has made distinguished career contributions to inclusion, diversity and multicultural access in Academic Affairs.

Award Criteria

Contributions may be in the form of service, publications, teaching or a combination of all three areas.  Noteworthy contributions can show:

  • Lasting impact
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Awareness of the complexity of “diversity” issues, and restraint in suggesting easy answers.
  • Distinguished work with the JMU community
  • Distinguished work with JMU students
  • Distinguished work with communities outside of JMU


  • Full-time faculty are eligible.
  • Nominees should be at end of their career or very close to it.


  • Nominations should be submitted to the Associate Provost for Diversity (
  • Applicants must submit a current CV, a letter of nomination, and the names and contact information of persons who can assist in supporting the nomination.
  • All relevant documents for the nomination process are due by January 15, 2021.


  • A subcommittee of the Provost’s Faculty Diversity Council will evaluate the nominations and select the final awardee.
  • Recipients will be announced at the award luncheon on April 29, 2021.

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