President’s Awards for National and State Leadership and Public Impact

The University of Michigan has grand academic traditions and innovative initiatives that seek to extend our leadership into our third century. I believe U-M’s future leadership will be evaluated in part by our ability to better focus our work externally – and to share our scholarship and expertise with a broader public… I want to help us disseminate our work in a more conspicuous, and public manner, by incentivizing faculty to share their expertise.

– Mark Schlissel, Presidential Leadership Breakfast, October 2016

About the Awards

In keeping with the emphasis on the University of Michigan’s public roles and obligations, the Office of the President — in collaboration with the Office of Government Relations and Office of Research — invites nominations for two awards that honor faculty initiative and dedication in the vital sphere of national and state leadership and public impact.

UPDATE: Zimmerman, Halderman honored with 2019 President’s Awards for Public Engagement and Impact

The March 16, 2020, event celebrating the 2019 award recipients was postponed due to health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19. The event celebrating 2020 award recipients will also include 2019 awardees. That event has not yet been scheduled and will be announced at a later time.

The President’s Award for National and State Leadership recognizes faculty at all U-M campuses who have carried out the mission of the university by providing extensive national or state leadership and service, voluntarily or through an Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement, with proven impacts on society at large.

The President’s Award for Public Impact recognizes faculty at all U-M campuses who have carried out the mission of the university by actively addressing significant challenges in local, state, national and/or global communities and have brought their academic capacity and expertise to bear in cooperation with other actors, both governmental and non-governmental.

Nominations for 2020 close on Friday, December 11, 2020.

View past award winners on the Public Engagement site

Elisabeth Gerber speaks during the Faculty Lightning Round Talks at the 2017 event
Celebrating U-M Faculty Impact, Now and Future.

Travel support funding for faculty members

Additionally, the Office of the President awards funds to support faculty travel for public engagement activities.

This funding is intended for any faculty member who has been invited to share their expertise at the national level and where travel funding is not otherwise provided. Such activities might include expert testimony to Congress, leadership service for a federal agency, on national boards of professional societies, or involvement in other national leadership and advisory positions.

For more information on the travel awards, or to apply, please visit the National Service Engagement Faculty Travel Support page.