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Faculty Women's Forum Awards

The Faculty Women’s Forum recognizes outstanding contributions to promoting greater faculty equity, inclusion, and success by honoring individuals in six categories. 

Save the Date! The Third Annual Faculty Women's Forum Awards Ceremony will be held on Monday, June 6, 2022, at 3:00 PM. Watch for additional information about the event and the call for 2022 award nominations.

FWF Inspiring Early Academic Career Award

This award honors a pre-tenure faculty member or academic staff member (e.g., assistant professor, associate professor not yet tenured, lecturer, instructor, research associate) who creates a culture of inclusion and belonging for students and trainees at all levels.

2021 Recipients

  • Marci Kwon
  • Sonia Tikoo-Schantz
  • Lauren Tompkins

FWF Allyship Award

This award recognizes a faculty member with a strong track record of advancing an academic culture that supports equity and inclusion at Stanford, with particular positive impact for women faculty members and/or those from groups historically underrepresented at Stanford University. Past recipients were recognized for their actions in support of others to promote inclusive academic cultures through mentoring, advising, and advocacy.

2021 Recipients

  • Cybele Renault
  • Joy Wu

FWF Outstanding Sponsor Award

This award is for a faculty member who has consistently created opportunities for the academic advancement of women at Stanford. In contrast to the FWF Outstanding Leader Award, the FWF Outstanding Sponsor Award recognizes an individual without an explicit positional leadership role at Stanford who promotes and sponsors Stanford women students, postdoctoral fellows, research staff, and/or faculty for opportunities and advancement. Past recipients were recognized for their advocacy for diversity and inclusion and their demonstrated commitment to expanding opportunities and supporting the career advancement of others.

2021 Recipients

  • Maya Rossin-Slater
  • Sheri Sheppard

2020 Recipient

  • Rebecca Aslakson

FWF Outstanding Leader Award

This award recognizes a faculty member who leads a Stanford department, school or independent laboratory, center, or institute, who has an outstanding record of developing a culture of inclusion and promotion of women faculty. Past recipients were recognized for engaging from a position of formal leadership in actions that advanced gender equity, including changes to policies and practices, in their department/school and across the university.

2021 Recipients

  • Shelley Correll
  • Sarah Soule

2020 Recipient

  • Jisha Menon

FWF Deborah Rhode Lifetime Achievement Award

The Faculty Women’s Forum, Stanford University and the academic community at large lost an amazing and fierce advocate for gender equity in the academy in early 2021. The FWF honors Professor Rhode’s legacy with a Lifetime Achievement award to recognize individuals who have dedicated their careers and used their influence to advance the status of academic women at Stanford University. 

2021 Recipients

  • Iris Litt
  • Hazel Markus
  • Pamela Matson
  • Cecilia Ridgeway
  • Myra Strober
  • Hannah Valantine

FWF Carol Muller Outstanding Service Award

Named after retired executive director of Stanford WISE Ventures, this award honors an individual who has made significant contributions in service to gender equity at Stanford University.

2021 Recipient

  • Carol Muller

History of the Faculty Women's Forum Awards

The FWF Steering Committee launched its inaugural awards program in 2020, recognizing two faculty members with the FWF Outstanding Sponsor Award and the FWF Outstanding Leader Award in a virtual celebration in early June 2020. Read more about them here.

In 2021, the Steering Committee added four more awards; the winners were announced on June 10, followed by a virtual celebration on June 14.