Regents’ Award for Distinguished Public Service

In June of 1990, the Regents supported a recommendation of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA) and established the “Regents’ Award for Distinguished Public Service” to honor extraordinary distinction in public service by members of the University faculty. We request nominations of faculty members deserving recognition for their contributions in this area. All members of the University Senate (assistant, associate, and full professors, research scientists, and librarians who are Senate members) are eligible for consideration.

The award of $1,000 is to recognize public service activities that relate closely to teaching and research and reflect professional and academic expertise. The service activities may occur outside the University in local, state, national or international arenas.

Please submit nomination materials with the faculty awards nomination form. The deadline for the 2023 award cycle is May 9, 2023.

  • A nomination letter describing the nominee’s work and contributions to public service and details of any accomplishments related to that service. (Required)
  • Nominee’s CV (Required)
  • Supporting statements (optional)

Note: Nominations that are not selected will be eligible for three years.

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.

Please see the FSO news item for an announcement of the 2023 awardees.

Oveta Fuller - 2022 Award Recipient

Associate professor of microbiology and immunology, Medical School

Fuller is widely recognized for her scholarship in the fields of virology and public health. Most notably, Fuller has made important contributions related to HIV/AIDS transmission and pathogenesis in communities of color in Africa. She has spent more than a decade conducting global health implementation science research, which seeks to develop and rigorously document effective approaches to sharing biomedical science advances in infectious diseases with the broader community. Fuller helped to develop an innovative, science-based health education model called the Trusted Messenger Science-Based Intervention. This work disseminates the latest information about HIV/AIDS through networks of religious clergy and faith leaders to increase understanding of science relating to the diseases. A member of the U-M faculty since 1988, Fuller also has provided relevant information about SARS-CoV-2 transmission and vaccines to communities of color in the United States. During the 2020 global spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the Trusted Messengers approach was an effective resource for transferring science-based information to the general community. For this work, Fuller was asked to serve on the FDA Advisory Panel for the evaluation of the COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates for Emergency Use Authorization.

The 2022 awardee information (above) was provided by the Office of University Development, as published in a University Record article.

Previous Regents Award for Distinguished Public Service Recipients

2022 — Oveta Fuller, Medical School

2021 — Heather Ann Thompson, LSA History and African American Studies

2020 — John Greden, Medical School

2019 — Brant Fries, School of Public Health

2018 — Howard Markel, Medical School

2017 — Kevin Fu, College of Engineering

2016 — Khaled Mattawa, LSA Department of English Language and Literature

2015 — Ashley Lucas, School of Theatre, Music and Dance

2015 — Matthew Davis, School of Medicine & Ford School of Public Policy

2014 — Sridhar Kota, College of Engineering

2013 — Dana M. Muir, Ross School of Business

2011 — Robert Axelrod, Public Policy and LSA Political Science

2008 — Barbara Anderson, LSA-Sociology

2006 — Anne Ruggles Gere, Education and LSA-English

2005 — Bunyan Bryant, Natural Resources and Environment

2004 — Amid I. Ismail, Medicine and Dentistry

2004 — Julie Ellison, LSA-American Culture and LSA-English

2003 — Billy J. Evans, LSA-Chemistry

2003 — Scott Kurashige, LSA-American Culture

2000 — Elizabeth Marie Petty, School of Medicine

1999 — Robert E. Megginson, LSA-Mathematics

1998 — Lloyd D. Johnston, Survey Research Center

1997 — Edward M. Gramlich, Public Policy

1996 — Orin G. Gelderloo, SNRE and UM-Dearborn CASL

1995 — William Alexander, LSA-English

1994 — Barry Checkoway, School of Social Work

1993 — Josef M. Miller, School of Medicine

1992 — Richard Bailey, LSA-English

1992 — Sharon Sutton, Architecture

1991 — Beth Glover Reed, School of Social Work