8th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference - April 18-19, 2020  - - Academic Writing Retreat - April 19, 2020

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 Woman of Color in the Academy Award


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.

Who may apply?

There are two categories for the Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Award:

  • The Zenobia L. Hikes Woman of Color in the Academy Professor Award for teaching / research faculty
  • The Zenobia L. Hikes Women of Color in the Academy Administrator Award for administrative / professional faculty

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.

How to apply?

Nominations should include the following:

  • A nomination statement of approximately 800 words describing how the candidate meets the award criteria. Nominations should address the candidate‚Äôs scholarly achievements and/or professional and administrative accomplishments, contributions to mentoring, leadership ability, and service to their institution and community. Use specific examples to demonstrate how the candidate has encouraged the professional and scholarly growth of other women of color, both colleagues and students. Describe why you think this woman is a leader and a beacon to women of color in the academy.
  • A letter of support from a student or colleague who can endorse the nomination.
  • A copy of the nominee's CV or resume.

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.

How are the award recipients recognized?

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".

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