NOTE: Following guidance from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, the 8th annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference has adopted a virtual format.
The Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Award is named in memory of our beloved colleague who served as Vice President of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech from 2005 until her passing in 2008. The Award recognizes a woman of color with a distinguished career in higher education demonstrated by scholarly endeavors or administrative and professional accomplishments. Additionally, she is an engaged member of her campus and community, with a history of advancing the development of young women of color as they pursue their education and prepare for careers in the academy and beyond.
There are two categories for the Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Award:
We encourage nominations of women of color working in higher education as instructors, collegiate faculty, research faculty, program directors and related administrative roles, academic advisors, or student affairs professionals. Self-nominations welcomed.
Nominations should include the following:
Use the Nominate! Link below to make a nomination and upload supporting documents in pdf format: 2020 Zenobia Hikes Award.(name of nominee).
Nominations accepted through February 15, 2020. Award recipients notified by the end of February 2020. Award recipients are expected to attend the conference.
The Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Award is presented at the annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference held at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, Virginia. The winners receive a personalized plaque as well as complimentary conference registration and lodging. A press release profiling the award recipients is shared with their home institutions. Recipients are asked to serve on the award selection committee for the following year.
Questions? Contact FWCA@vt.edu with the subject line "Zenobia Hikes Award".