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2021 Diversity in the Curriculum ward Top Row (left to right): Ann Cudd, provost and senior vice chancellor, Thomas Akiva, Dara Mendez. Middle Row: Christine Wankiiri-Hale, Zsuzsa Horvath, Andrew McCormick. Bottom Row: Lauren Jonkman, Kayla Booth.

2020 Recipients of the Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum: Top Row (left to right): Ann Cudd, provost and senior vice chancellor, Thomas Akiva, Dara Mendez. Middle Row: Christine Wankiiri-Hale, Zsuzsa Horvath, Andrew McCormick. Bottom Row: Lauren Jonkman, Kayla Booth.


Hear from faculty members from across the University who have been recognized for their efforts in integrating diversity and inclusion concepts into their course and curriculum. Featured faculty shared their experiences supporting diversity in the classroom and the impact of receiving the award.

Applications for the 2021 award are now closed. You can submit an application for the 2022 award by clicking the button above.

The Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum

The Award

The Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum recognizes a faculty member’s efforts to integrate diversity and inclusion concepts into courses and curricula at the University of Pittsburgh. Up to five award recipients may be chosen annually. Each award consists of a $2,000 cash prize and a recognition plaque. All award recipients are honored publicly.

Evidence of Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion

The Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum recognizes faculty who have taught a modified course or revised curricula to strengthen diversity and inclusion, resulting in changes of impact. These modifications may include such approaches as employing more inclusive and interactive teaching methods, instituting classroom changes to expand students’ cultural awareness and cross-cultural development, communicating equity-minded practices throughout a discipline, or creating more welcoming and inclusive learning environments. Changes can be made in face-to-face, hybrid and online learning environments.

Eligibility

Any full-time or part-time Pitt faculty member who has participated in diversity initiatives at the University may apply for this award. Faculty must have taught the modified course or revised curricula and assessed the impact of those modifications within the last three years.

Previous recipients are not eligible. Preference will be given to those who have recently engaged in diversity and inclusion activities offered by the University Center for Teaching and Learning (i.e., the sessions offered during Provost’s Diversity Institute for Faculty Development, “Teaching Inclusively” workshops, or the Extended Diversity Experience Faculty Seminar.)

Applications

Faculty members applying for this award must submit a dossier of materials about the course or curricular changes that were made within the last three years. The following materials are required to be submitted as PDF files:

  1. Submit a narrative report (maximum of three pages) with:
    • course title and number.
    • term when diversity/inclusion changes were implemented.
    • number of enrolled students.
    • a description of the diversity/inclusion changes to the curriculum.
    • A description of the impact the diversity/inclusion changes have made and how the impact was assessed.
  1. Instructional Artifacts: include up to three instructional artifacts from the course/curriculum (e.g. syllabi, lesson plans, visuals, etc.) as evidence of the diversity/inclusion changes.
  2. Letter of support: a letter of support from your dean, campus president, department chair or an associate/assistant dean.
  3. Student Letters of support: submit no more than four from students who were enrolled in the course, describing the impact of the modified course or revised curriculum.

Selection Procedures

The awards committee, appointed by the provost, will evaluate the applications, and make final recommendations to the provost. 

The Office of the Provost and the University Center for Teaching and Learning would like to congratulate the recipients of Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum for 2020:

Thomas Akiva
Thomas Akiva
Kayla Booth
Kayla Booth
Zsuzsa Horvath
Zsuzsa Horvath
Christine Wankiiri-Hale
Christine Wankiiri-Hale
Lauren Jonkman
Lauren Jonkman
Andrew McCormick
Andrew McCormick
Dara Mendez
Dara Mendez
  • Thomas Akiva, School of Education, for making equity and antiracism a central focus in the EdD program’s on-ramp course and subsequently, in the entire EdD program.
  • Kayla Booth, School of Computing and Information, for enhancements to the iSchool Inclusion Institute, which is a diversity, equity and inclusion initiative that prepares students from underrepresented populations for graduate study and careers in information and computing.
  • Zsuzsa Horvath and Christine Wankiiri-Hale, School of Dental Medicine, for guiding students in the development of curricular content for the module “When the Appointment is No Longer about Dentistry,” to help students address microaggressions and prepare them to handle and respond to inappropriate patient comments and behaviors in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Lauren Jonkman, School of Pharmacy, for integrating social justice and health equity into the Population Health and Management core course in the PharmD curriculum, to ensure that all students have the knowledge and skills to identify and address inequities.
  • Andrew McCormick and Dara Mendez, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, for enhancing Clinical Experience courses for first-year students by introducing a book club which explored the history and ongoing practice of racism within medicine.

The award formally recognizes faculty’s efforts in integrating diversity and inclusion concepts into their course and curriculum. In addition, the following 27 individuals were honored at the ceremony for their work in creating Pitt’s course, Anti-Black Racism: History, Ideology and Resistance, which launched during the fall 2020 term. Congratulations!

Diversity Awards 2020: Anti-Back Racism Faculty & Staff

Provost's Award for Diversity in the Curriculum Winners - 2019

Back row, from left: Laurie Kirsch, vice provost for faculty affairs, development, and diversity, Lori Delale-O’Connor, Karen Gilmer, Chandralekha Singh and Kevin Binning. Front row, from left: Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff; Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd; Erica McGreevy; Paula K. Davis, assistant vice chancellor for health sciences diversity in the School of Health Sciences; and Cynthia Golden, associate vice provost, executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. (Aimee Obidzinski/University of Pittsburgh)

The Office of the Provost and the University Center for Teaching and Learning would like to congratulate the recipients of Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum for 2019:

  • Karen Gilmer, Department of Theatre Arts, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
  • Lori Delale-O’Connor, Center for Urban Education, School of Education
  • Kevin Binning, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Erica McGreevy, Department of Biological Sciences, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
  • Chandralekha Singh, Discipline-based Science Education Research Center, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

The award formally recognizes faculty’s efforts in integrating diversity and inclusion concepts into their course and curriculum. Congratulations, faculty!

Provost Awards Winners - 2018

From left: Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann Cudd, Audrey Murrell, Ray Jones, Michael Goodhart, Lorin Grieve, Christine Dahlin, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity Laurie Kirsch and University Center for Teaching and Learning Director Cynthia Golden

The Office of the Provost and the University Center for Teaching and Learning would like to congratulate the winners of Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum for 2018:

  • Valire Carr Copeland, School of Social Work
  • Ray Jones and Audrey Murrell, Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration
  • Christine Dahlin, Division of Natural Sciences, Pitt–Johnstown
  • Michael Goodhart, Department of Political Science, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
  • Lorin Grieve, Department of Pharmacy and Therapeutics, School of Pharmacy

The award formally recognizes faculty’s efforts in integrating diversity and inclusion concepts into their course and curriculum. Congratulations, faculty!

Provost's Award for Diversity in the Curriculum 2017 winners

Pictured left to right: Cynthia Golden, Director, University Center for Teaching and Learning; Laurie Kirsch, Vice Provost for Faculty Development; Julie Beaulieu, Elizabeth Harkins, Melinda Ciccocioppo, Marnie Bertolet, Abdesalam Soudi, Patricia Beeson, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor.

The Office of the Provost and the University Center for Teaching and Learning would like to congratulate the recipients of Provost’s Award for Diversity in the Curriculum for 2017:

  • Dr. Julie Beaulieu, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program
  • Dr. Elizabeth Harkins, Pitt Johnstown, Division of Education
  • Dr. Melinda Ciccocioppo, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Psychology
  • Dr. Marnie Bertolet, Graduate School of Public Health, Dept. of Epidemiology
  • Dr. Abdesalam Soudi, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Linguistics

The award formally recognizes faculty’s efforts in integrating diversity and inclusion concepts into their course and curriculum. Congratulations, faculty!

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