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John H. D’Arms Faculty Awards for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities

These awards honor John H. D’Arms, Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (1985-1995). They recognize tenured faculty who are outstanding mentors of doctoral students in the humanities, who support their intellectual, creative, scholarly, and professional growth, and foster a culture of intellectual engagement in which they thrive.

General Information


Tenured faculty members in the humanities, including scholars and creative artists, may be nominated. Nominations of outstanding women, minorities and members of other groups historically under-represented in their disciplines are encouraged.

Selection Criteria

Nominees should have a sustained record of mentoring and advising doctoral students and be active in the direction of dissertations. They should demonstrate an extraordinary generosity of spirit in mentoring and fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly and professional growth of their students at the highest level, and encouraging a culture of intellectual engagement in which they thrive.

Number of Awards

Up to three awards in the amount of $5,000. Recipients will also receive summer research funding for one humanities graduate student per year for up to three years. Award letter from Rackham will indicate the award duration and
award amount.

Source of Nominations

Nominations may be submitted by deans, directors, department/program heads, promotion or award committees, or individual faculty members.

Selection Process

A committee of faculty who are recognized as outstanding mentors will review nominations and submit recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final selection. Recipients will be notified in the winter term and awards will be formally presented at a ceremony.


The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 24, 2022.

For more information contact:

Honors and Awards
Rackham Graduate School
Telephone: (734) 615-0255

Guidelines for Preparing Nominations

As described below, a nomination dossier must include a cover sheet with contact information, a nominating letter, and curriculum vitae. Incomplete nomination dossiers cannot be reviewed. The Graduate School will add to each nomination dossier a dissertation committee service report and the Registrar’s Teaching Evaluation “Instructor Report” that tabulates quantitative data only.

The online nomination dossier may be set up by a U-M faculty or staff member. Others may be given login access to the site as needed. The nomination system may be accessed as often as needed in order to complete the nomination dossier. All materials must be uploaded in Adobe PDF format.

Cover Sheet

Complete the online cover sheet with all information requested for both the nominee and the nominator—not the administrator who may have initiated the dossier.

Nominating Letter

As selection committee members represent a range of disciplines and may not be familiar with the nominee’s field, describe the nominee’s skills and dedication as a mentor in a way that conveys their significance to those not acquainted with the field. Given the number of engaged faculty, the letter should explain why the nominee’s particular contributions to mentoring are exceptional and deserving of this honor. Letters should discuss, for example, the nominees mentoring style, how the nominee mentors students in diverse career paths, the extent to which the nominee mentors students in teaching, and how the nominee mentors students in their professional development. The letter may incorporate quotations from former and current students, peers and faculty with whom the nominee has co-taught.

The letter may be no longer than 2,000 words. A new letter may be submitted for re-nominations to replace the earlier letter, or an addendum may be submitted to update the dossier.

Letters should show how the nominee:

  • Models an impressive record of excellence in scholarly and/or creative work, teaching skills, academic and professional integrity, publication or artistic presentation, and the ability to obtain funding
  • Ensures that students master the key content and skills of their discipline
  • Attracts students to Michigan and to his or her field of study
  • Promotes successful completion of students’ graduate work and degree programs
  • Creates a rigorous and supportive environment for scholarship, research, and/or artistic production
  • Maintains accessibility by providing consistently open lines of communication with students
  • Provides students with the confidence, encouragement, and resources necessary to take full advantage of academic and professional opportunities
  • Integrates students into the broader culture of the discipline
  • Collaborates with other faculty to promote stimulating intellectual cultures in which students thrive
  • Advances and enriches students’ long-term professional development—whatever career path the student may choose
  • Contributes generally to graduate education in the humanities and/or arts at the University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae

Provide the nominee’s current c.v. Please include placement information for students whose dissertation committees the nominee has chaired during the past fifteen years.


Recipients of John H. D’Arms Faculty Awards for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities


  • Christi-Anne Castro, Associate Professor of Music
  • Lisa Nakamura, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture and Screen Arts, Professor of Film, Television and Media, Professor of English Language and Literature, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Megan Sweeney, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Associate Professor of English Language and Literature, Associate Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies


  • Kevin Carr, Associate Professor of History of Art
  • Victor Mendoza, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Associate Professor of English Language and Literature
  • Acrisio Pires, Professor of Linguistics


  • Marjorie Levinson, English Language and Literature


  • Marion A. Guck, Professor of Music (Theory)


  • Matthew Countryman, Associate Professor of American Culture and History
  • Frieda Ekotto, Professor of French, Professor of Comparative Literature
  • Gareth Willams, Professor of Spanish


  • Kristin Hass, Associate Professor of American Culture
  • Peggy McCracken, Domna C. Stanton Collegiate Professor of French, Women’s Studies, and Comparative Literature


  • Raymond Van Dam, Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies


  • Louise Stein, Professor of Musicology
  • Patricia Yaeger, Professor of English Language and Literature and Professor of Women’s Studies


  • Philip Deloria, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor of History and American Culture
  • Cristina Moreiras-Menor, Professor of Spanish and Women’s Studies


  • Rebecca Scott, History


  • Elaine Gazda, History of Art
  • Ruth Scodel, Classical Studies


  • Samuel Epstein, Linguistics
  • Peter A. Railton, Philosophy


  • Anne Hermann, English and Women’s Studies
  • Lesley Rex, Educational Studies


  • Celest Brusati, History of Art, Women’s Studies
  • Donald Lopez, Arthur F Thurnau Professor, Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist & Tibetan Studies
  • Gillian Feeley-Harnik, Kathleen Gough Collegiate Professor of Anthropology


  • Valerie Traub, English Language & Literature, and Women’s Studies
  • Thomas Trautmann, History


  • Geoffrey Eley, History
  • David Potter, Classical Studies


  • Michael Schoenfeldt, English Language & Literature
  • Katherine M. Verdery, Eric R. Wolf Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Associate, Center for Russian and East European Studies


  • David William Cohen, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Social Sciences (Residential College), LSA
  • Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Professor of History, Women’s Studies, and American Culture, LSA
  • Roland John Wiley, Professor of Musicology, School of Music


  • Elizabeth S. Anderson, Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies, LSA
  • Patrice Speeter Beddor, Professor of Linguistics, LSA


  • Richard W. Bailey, Professor of English Language & Literature, LSA
  • Joanne Leonard, Professor of Art, School of Art and Design; Professor of Women’s Studies; Faculty Associate, Program in American Culture, LSA


  • George J. Bornstein, The C.A. Patrides Professor of English; Professor of English Language & Literature, LSA
  • Sharon C. Herbert, Professor of Archaeology and Greek; Curator and Director, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, LSA
  • Domna C. Stanton, The Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor; Professor of Romance Languages and Women’s Studies, LSA


  • Kathleen M. Canning, Associate Professor of History; Associate Professor of Women’s Studies, LSA
  • Sonya O. Rose, Professor of Sociology; Professor of History; Professor of Women’s Studies, LSA
  • Marlon B. Ross, Professor of English Language & Literature; Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, LSA


  • Frances R. Aparicio, Arthur F. Thurneau Professor; Associate Professor of Spanish and American Culture, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, LSA
  • Ruth Behar, Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Department of Anthropology, LSA
  • Stephen H. Sumida, Associate Professor of English Language & Literature and American Culture, Department of English Language & Literature, LSA


  • Anne Ruggles Gere, Professor of Education, School of Education; Professor of English, Department of English Language & Literature, LSA
  • Professor Cedomil Goic, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Professor of Spanish-American Literature, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, LSA
  • Patricia Simons, Associate Professor, History of Art and Women’s Studies, LSA


  • Enoch Brater, Professor of English Language & Literature, LSA; Professor of Theatre, School of Music
  • L. Ross Chambers, Marvin Felheim Distinguished University Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, LSA
  • Andrew W. Mead, Associate Professor of Music Theory, School of Music


  • Judith O. Becker, Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology, School of Music
  • Luis O. Gomez, Charles O. Hucker Professor of Buddhist Studies, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures; Adjunct Professor of Psychology, LSA
  • Ludwig Koenen, Herbert C. Youtie Distinguished University Professor of Papyrology, Department of Classical Studies, LSA