Distinguished Leader in Diversity and Inclusion 

Nominations have now closed.
Purpose: The objective of this award is to honor faculty who have made outstanding contributions towards fostering a more diverse and inclusive community within the Biological Sciences Division. While we define diversity broadly to include race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, sex, age, and class, we are particularly interested in honoring faculty who have increased the number of under-represented minorities in our faculty, graduate and training programs; increased the number of women faculty in academic leadership; or whose clinical work has addressed health disparities by ensuring equitable, high-quality care and optimal health outcomes for diverse populations. Each faculty may nominate one junior and one senior faculty member in this category.
1 Junior Faculty Award (Instructors or Assistant Professsors)
1 Senior Faculty Award (Associate or Full Professors)


  • Nominee must be a current member of the employed (non-voluntary) faculty at the University of Chicago and hold their primary appointment in a BSD department
  • The achievements for which the candidate is being nominated must have occurred while a faculty member at the University of Chicago
  • Current elected members of the Faculty Advisory Committee are ineligible; see list of members here

Examples of Nomination Criteria:

  • Outstanding research in health disparities or other research/scholarship focusing on health outcomes of diverse populations (e.g., racial-ethnic, gender, sexual orientation)
  • Outstanding efforts to increase diversity (e.g. racial-ethnic, gender, sexual orientation) among faculty, trainees, staff, and students in the BSD
  • Strong commitment to mentoring diverse faculty, trainees, and students
  • Successful development and delivery of curricula to increase competency and/or knowledge in addressing the health of diverse populations
  • Successful development of clinical programs specifically to enhance the health of diverse populations
  • Expert development of programs or educational activities for diverse populations locally, regionally, or nationally.

Nomination Submission Requirements:

  • A short summary (250-500 words) stating the basis for the nomination
  • CV of the nominee


Award Winners

  • Kenneth Bader, PhD, Radiology
  • Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, Surgery
2014 - 2018


  • Rochelle Naylor, MD, Pediatrics
  • Karen Kim, MD, MS, Medicine


  • Sonia, Kupfer, MD, Medicine
  • Monica Vela, MD, Medicine


  • John A. Schneider, MD, MPH, Medicine


  • Nancy Shwartz, PhD, Pediatrics


  • William McDade, MD, PhD, Anesthesia and Critical Care