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: Martin, Dewar receive 2020 awards for public engagement

President Mark Schlissel is honoring two University of Michigan faculty members with the 2020 presidential awards for public engagement, recognizing their commitment and contributions to significantly impact society through national and state leadership service, and efforts to address the challenges communities face every day.

Emily Toth Martin, associate professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, will receive the President’s Award for National and State Leadership, which honors individuals who provide sustained, dedicated and influential leadership and service in major national or state capacities.

Margaret Dewar, professor emerita of urban and regional planning in the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, will receive the President’s Award for Public Impact. The award honors individuals whose research and expertise tangibly addresses a major public-sector challenge.

A virtual event honoring Martin and Dewar was held 4-6 p.m. March 22. The event also included the 2019 winners, since the event scheduled for March 2020 to honor them was postponed due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

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 closed 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.