Distinguished Faculty Governance Award

Faculty members who consistently place University-wide interests on the same level as their personal career and departmental interests represent a scarce resource that all faculty members treasure. Their concern with the general welfare protects and nourishes our individual welfare. The kinds of corporate activities these University citizens take on give us a secure sense of collective conscience. Faculty governance is the arena in which these citizens serve, and it is faculty governance through the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs that recognizes their accomplishments with this award.

The Distinguished Faculty Governance Award of $1,500 was established by SACUA in 1986 and is funded by the Alumni Association. The criterion for the award is distinguished service to faculty governance over several years with an emphasis on university-wide service

Current SACUA members are ineligible, as are those members from the immediate past year. All members of the University Senate (assistant, associate, and full professors, research scientists, and librarians who are Senate Members, as well as clinical professors (assistant, associate, and full) and lecturers (I, II, III, and IV) with at least a 50% appointment) are eligible.

Please submit nomination materials with the faculty awards nomination form. The deadline for the 2024 award cycle is May 3, 2024.

  • A nomination letter outlining the faculty members’ work, participation, and contributions for Central Faculty Governance. (Required)
  • Nominee’s CV (Required)
  • Additional supporting statements (optional)

Note: Nominees are eligible for three years: the current year and, if not selected, they will also be automatically included in the pool of candidates for the next two award cycles.

If you have any questions about the award or the nomination process, please contact the Faculty Senate Office at or at 734-764-0303. Thank you for your participation.

Natalia V. Czap - 2023 Recipient

Professor of economics in the College of Arts, Science, and Letters, UM-Dearborn

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Czap specializes in behavioral economics, experimental economics, behavioral environmental policy and well-being. In addition to her research, teaching and service to the campus and economics profession, she has served three terms in UM-Dearborn’s Faculty Senate, including as chair from 2020-22. Faculty from across campus praise Czap for her integrity, diplomacy, consistency, transparency, proactive communication and fairness. As UM-Dearborn’s Senate chair, she formed nine task forces to address enrollment management, the budget, retention and graduation, revision of Campus Bylaws, research support and development and academic integrity. She also led the development and adoption of new course evaluations, and procedures for the reapportionment of Senate seats. Czap strengthened shared governance on the Dearborn campus by demanding wider inclusion of faculty in campus decision making and hiring of senior leadership, restructuring several Senate committees, promoting experience and expertise over rank and title for greater inclusion of lecturers in faculty governance, and supporting inclusivity in admissions. She managed the COVID-19 response for the Faculty Senate, initiating frequent communication with campus administrators regarding safety policies. Czap received Faculty Senate Appreciation Awards for her service as vice chair in 2017 and chair in 2020-22.

The 2023 awardee information (above) was written and provided by the Office of University Development, as published in a 2023 University Record article.

Previous Distinguished Faculty Governance Award Recipients

2022 — Neil Marsh, LSA Chemistry, and Medical School

2022 — David Potter, LSA Classical Studies

2021 — Silke-Maria Weineck, LSA German Studies and Comparative Literature

2020 — Not Applicable – No Award Made

2019 — Deborah Goldberg, Literature, Science, and the Arts

2018 — Bruce Maxim, UM Dearborn, College of Engineering and Computer Science

2017 — Scott Masten, Ross School of Business

2016 — Rich Friedman, Law School

2015 — Karen Staller, School of Social Work

2014 — Keith Riles, LSA Physics

2013 — Bruno Giordani, LSA Psychology

2012 — Michael Thouless, Engineering

2011 — David Potter, Classical Studies, LSA

2011 — Robert Axelrod, Public Policy and LSA-Political Science

2010 — Bruce Frier, Law & LSA

2010 — Stanley Berent, Medicine

2008 — Semyon Meerkov, Engineering

2007 — Fred Askari, Medicine

2007 — George Brewer, Medicine

2006 — William D. Ensminger, Medicine

2005 — Cynthia Luz Marcelo, Medicine

2004 — Louis G. D’Alecy, Medicine

2004 — William W. Schultz, Engineering

2003 — Charles B. Smith, Medicine

2002 — Alphonse R. Burdi, Medicine

2001 — Jackie Lawson, UM-Dearborn

2000 — Thomas Dunn, Chemistry, LSA (Emeritus)

1999 — John T. Lehman, Biology, LSA

1999 — Sheila Feld, Social Work

1998 — Thomas E. Moore, Biology, LSA

1997 — Beth Glover Reed, Social Work

1996 — Theodore J. St. Antoine, Law

1995 — Gayle D. Ness, Sociology, LSA

1994 — Peggie J. Hollingsworth, Emeritus

1993 — Donald R. Brown, Psychology, LSA

1992 — Claude A. Eggertsen, Education (Emeritus)

1991 — Daniel E. Moerman, Anthropology, UM-Dearborn

1990 — Wilbert J. McKeachie, Psychology, LSA

1990 — William C. Stebbins, Medicine

1989 — Donald R. Deskins, Jr., Sociology, LSA

1988 — Cecil Nesbitt, Mathematics, LSA

1987 — Ralph A. Loomis, English, LSA

1986 — Janice B. Lindberg, Nursing

1986 — Wilfred Kaplan, Mathematics, LSA