Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award

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The Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award recognizes women faculty at the University of Minnesota (open to faculty at all of the U of M campuses) who have achieved significant national and international accomplishments and honors and who contribute as leaders on their campuses. In addition to supporting outstanding women scholars, this award also reflects the university’s strong commitment to future leaders.

Nomination Process

Nomination materials must be received by 4:30 pm on Friday, March 15, 2024.

A completed nomination includes:

  • A nomination letter of up to three pages that addresses the criteria. This letter should be from the department head/chair, department nomination committee chair, or collegiate associate dean or dean. This letter may be single-spaced and should be in 12-point font. Times New Roman is recommended but not required.
  • Two letters of support, up to two pages each, one from a faculty member at the University of Minnesota and one from a scholar external to the University. 12-point Times New Roman is recommended but not required for the supporting letters.
  • Nominee’s curriculum vitae, in any generally accepted format.

E-mail Nominations to: Chris Bremer, Coordinator of Faculty Awards, at [email protected]. Subject: Sara Evans Women Scholar/Leader Award Selection Committee.

Selection Criteria

Recipients will be selected based on:

  • Documented evidence of exemplary research/creative accomplishments and the impact of the faculty member’s work on her discipline, as evaluated by peers and experts in her field.
  • Indication of/or promise for campus leadership.


This award is named after Sara Evans, an outstanding scholar and pioneer in her field of history, as well as a campus leader in multiple venues, including leadership for women’s equity and social justice. Professor Evan’s research focused on the history of feminism as a social movement, motivated by her own involvement in civil rights, anti-war, and women’s rights activism. Named a Regents Professor in 2004 and Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 1997, Professor Evans served as Chair of the Department of History and Director of the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies during her tenure at the University of Minnesota. Quoted in 2005 as she was retiring, Sara remarked, "You need to learn the joy of asking a good question and finding out ways to the answer - that will lead you to your life's work."