Dr. Meenakshi Gigi Durham
 May Brodbeck Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty

  Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Ph.D.
Professor of Journalism & Mass Communication, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies,
Collegiate Scholar, Associate Dean and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Tricia Kroll, LMSW
Susan C. Buckley Distinguished Achievement Award for Staff

Tricia Kroll, LMSW
Ryan White Program Manager,
Division of Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine, UI Health Care 


May Brodbeck Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty

May Brodbeck (1917-1983) served a Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculties at the University of Iowa from 1974 to 1981. Brodbeck eanred a doctorate in philosophy from Iowa in 1947 and taught at the University of Minnesota from 1947 to 1972. She gained an international reputation as a scholar in philosophy, known particularly for her work in the philosophy of science. As Iowa’s Vice President for Academic Affairs, Brodbeck provided inspirational and effective leadership in a period of enormous faculty growth and intellectual ferment. She expanded the program of faculty developmental leaves, placed the Women’s Studies program on a firm footing, and in general, improved the place of women in the academic world by example, by encouragement, and by administrative achievement. The May Brodbeck Award honors faculty who have made outstanding contributions to their fields and serve as role models and mentors for girls and women.

Susan C. Buckley Distinguished Achievement Award for Staff

Sue Buckley served the University of Iowa for nearly 40 years, retiring as Vice President for Human Resources in 2015. She contributed to many parts of the University, including the Action Studies Program and Women’s Athletics. She was Director of the Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC) from 1983 to 1989 during a time of considerable growth, including working closely with the Women Against Racism Committee which held several national and regional conferences that profoundly affected the discourse on race in our community and beyond. She left WRAC to serve as founding director of the Pro-Vocational Training Program, which offered services to help women enter the trades and other non-traditional occupations in order to achieve economic self-sufficiency. In 1993 she was named the first recipient of the Jean Y. Jew Women’s Rights Award. Through all these roles, she left a legacy of expanded rights and enhanced work satisfaction for countless University of Iowa staff members. The Susan G. Buckley Award honors staff who have made outstanding contributions to their fields and serve as role models and mentors for girls and women.

Nomination Details 

The Selection Committee on the Celebration of Excellence Among Women is accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 Susan C. Buckley Distinguished Achievement Award for Staff and the May Brodbeck Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty. The Distinguished Achievement Award is awarded to a staff and faculty member who has distinguished herself or himself and the University through her or his accomplishments.  The award is given for an outstanding achievement or a lifetime record of service or achievement. The recipient may be affiliated with any part of the University. Candidates should have significant years of service within the University community in a professional or service capacity; their contributions should demonstrate significant impact through attributes such as leadership, innovation, and/or subject matter expertise; and should be considered role models for women and/or girls.  The award complements other honors offered at this University by considering individuals in all areas of endeavor who have made a significant contribution at the local, national, or international level.  The 2020 awards will be granted at the Annual Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women on April 8 , 2020 at 3:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Ball Room, IMU.

To submit a nomination for the award, please complete the nomination form or call 335-6148 for a faxed copy of the form.  Please return nomination materials to Jiongting Hu via email to jiongting-hu@uiowa.edu no later than Friday, January 31, 2020. The members of this year's selection committee for the Distinguished Achievement Awards are:  Alejandra Almazan, Carolyn Colvin, Carin Crain, Consuelo Garcia, Mei-ling Joiner, Ruthina Malone, Tong Li, Jennifer Modestou, Kristy Nabhan-Warren, Nicole Nisly, Tiffini Stevenson Earl, Jiongting Hu.