This memorial award honors Jackie Lawson, a professor of English and Communications at the University of Michigan-Dearborn from 1985 to 2000. Jackie Lawson was deeply committed to faculty governance and to strengthening the relationships among the University’s three campuses. At the time of her death, Jackie was serving as Chair of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs, the first faculty member from one of the regional campuses elected to that position. Her service both in Ann Arbor and at Dearborn was extensive and exemplary. She was elected to two terms as one of UM-Dearborn’s representatives to the University’s Senate Assembly in Ann Arbor, in 1992-94 and 1998-2000, and from 1995 to 1998 she was a member of the Academic Affairs Advisory Committee, and actively participated in the development of the “Principles of Faculty Involvement in Institutional and Academic Unit Governance at the University of Michigan.” At Dearborn, in addition to participating on numerous departmental, unit, and campus-wide committees, she was elected three times to the Faculty Senate and its predecessor, the Faculty Advisory Committee on Academic Affairs. Jackie served as Chair of the Dearborn Senate and its executive body, the Faculty Senate Council, in 1995-96, and as Vice-Chair in 1994. In recognition of her dedication to the University and to the principles of faculty governance, the University posthumously presented to Jackie its Distinguished Faculty Governance Award in 2001.
Eligibility: Any faculty member of the University of Michigan.
Award: The recipient will be awarded $1,500 at the annual University Faculty Awards event.
Selection Criteria: Exceptional distinction reflected in faculty governance service to the entire University that reaches beyond the local campus confines of Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint. Recipients will have made a significant contribution to faculty governance on their home campus (typically UM-Dearborn or UM-Flint) and at a University-wide level involving at least one of the other University of Michigan campuses. The recipient must have excelled in building a positive relationship between the Ann Arbor campus and one or both regional campuses, as exemplified by Jackie Lawson’s career.
Frequency of Award: The award shall be presented in those years when an exceptional candidate is identified.
Selection Committee: The four-member selection committee shall be comprised of the faculty governance leaders on the three campuses (the Chair of SACUA/Senate Assembly, the Chair of the UM-Dearborn Faculty Senate, and the Chair of the UM-Flint Faculty Council) and Professor Jonathan Smith (Jackie Lawson’s widower) or his designee.
Nomination Procedure: To assist SACUA in the selection of the award recipient we request that you submit a short statement describing the nominee’s service to faculty governance and details of any accomplishments related to that service. If you have any questions about the award or the nomination process, please contact the Faculty Senate Office.
Note: Nominations that are not selected will be eligible for three years.
The deadline for submission of the Awards Nomination is May 1, 2019.
Past Award Recipients
2019 — Sarah Lippert, UM-Flint, Art History
2017 — John S. Ellis, UM-Flint - Department of History
2012 — Thomas Wrobel, UM-Flint -Psychology
2011 — Robert Fraser, U-M Dearborn, Mardigian Library
2009 — Daniel E. Moerman, UM-Dearborn, CASL, Anthropology
2006 — Paulette Cebulski, UM-Flint, School of Health Professions and Studies
2004 — Richard A. Gull, UM-Flint, CAS- Philosophy
2003 — Donald J. Bord, UM-Dearborn, CASL, Natural Sciences