Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Diversity and Inclusion Award honors the cumulative contributions of a full-time faculty member to advance diversity and inclusion at KSU. Contributions can include, but are not limited to, the mentoring of diverse students and faculty; advising students or student organizations; curriculum development, academic teaching, research, teaching, or service.

Award Criteria

The candidate must demonstrate a sustained record of serving as an advocate for diversity and inclusion. The recipient must have contributed in significant ways to strengthening the overall climate of inclusion at KSU.

  • Advancing inclusion and equity with contributions that have resulted in a positive campus outcome.

  • Be of such stature and accomplishment that students, faculty, and staff of KSU will take pride in and be inspired by their recognition.


Any full-time teaching faculty is eligible to be nominated for the award. Administrators with faculty rank are ineligible for faculty awards (i.e., receives a Contract for Faculty Ranked Administrators). Previous award winners of this award (under any of its previous names) are not eligible to apply again. The award recipient must be under contract at KSU when the award is presented.

Award Amount

Each award consists of $7,500.

Number and Frequency of Awards

Up to one (1) award may be presented annually, selected based on the qualifications of nominees.

Nomination Procedure

Each college is responsible for creating the process by which their nominees are chosen. College deans or their designees submit nominations. There are no limits on the number of nominees each college can submit. The selection committee can reactivate nominations submitted for 2 years after the original submission.

Nominations packets should include:

  • A completed Cover Sheet with signatures;

  • A 3-5 page summary statement by the nominee highlighting his/her achievements in diversity and inclusion. Documentation should include citations, recognitions, and materials demonstrating a commitment to diversity. The summary must be created using 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins;

  • A condensed curriculum vitae (2-3 pages);

  • A support letter from the nominee’s academic home chair; jointly appointed faculty may submit a joint letter from both chairs or two separate letters;

  • A maximum of three letters of support of the nomination, in addition to the chair’s letter (please note KSU deans are not eligible to provide a letter);

  • Any other appendix materials useful to build the case;

  • All materials must be compiled into a single pdf document;

  • The packet must not exceed 20 pages. The Cover Sheet does not count toward the 20-page limit.

Evaluation Criteria and Procedures

The selection committee will look for contributions that possess positive efforts to advocate on behalf of all members of the university community. Nominations will be evaluated by a university committee including one member from each of the degree granting colleges, the Executive Director for Faculty Development and Recognition, and the Chief Diversity Officer or their designate.

Submission Procedure

To submit a nomination, the college dean or their representative should:

  1. Prepare each nomination application as a separate file, ensuring the correct cover page for the award is attached as the first page of the file.

  2. Click on the name of your college below to access the OneDrive folder where you will upload the nomination packet(s) for your college.
    (If access is denied, please contact CETL at cetl@kennesaw.edu or 470-578-6410.)

  3. Click on the Upload button at the top of the page in OneDrive to upload each nomination file.

The college dean and each nominee will receive a confirmation email for their nomination within the next business day.