Photo of Rhetaugh DumasRhetaugh Dumas was an esteemed leader with vision, insight, and wise counsel who had a major impact in the advancement of nursing, healthcare, and academic programs at U-M. Vice Provost Dumas was only the second African-American to hold the position of a Dean at the University of Michigan when she was appointed in 1981, and the first African-American to be named a Dean. She was reappointed Dean of Nursing in 1986 and 1991 to second and third terms. Prior to that appointment, she was the first woman and first nurse to serve as a deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dumas was Deputy Director, Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (1979-1981) and before that Chief, Psychiatric Nursing Education Branch of the Division of Manpower and Training Programs (1972-1976). She was also a founding member, a Charter Fellow, and a former president of the American Academy of Nursing. Dumas served the University of Michigan for over 20 years with vision and a commitment to excellence.

The rationale for the Rhetaugh G. Dumas Progress in Diversifying Award is that achievement of a diverse faculty requires an institutional commitment to change that transcends the impact of individual actors. The full professor rank presents the zenith of faculty career ranks. Having concurrent ethnic/racial and gender diversity in the faculty holding the rank of full and associate professors, tenured and non-tenured, provides an emblematic statement about the institutional commitment of that unit to implementing a climate of inclusion. Thus, the Academic Women’s Caucus seek nominations of units that have demonstrated the vision, commitment, and dedication to achieve a truly diverse faculty.


Selection for the Rhetaugh G. Dumas award will be based on:

  • The University of Michigan academic unit’s progress in establishing and maintaining a concurrent ethnic/racial and gender diversity at the full professor and associate professor rank, tenured and non-tenured
  • Evidence of concurrent ethnic/racial and gender diversifying in junior ranks
  • Availability of academic unit head to attend the Award Ceremony.


The 2019 nomination application is closed. Nominations for next year’s award will be due November 1, 2020. Nominations must include:

  • A simple chart, enumerating the number of full and associate professors, tenured and non-tenured faculty by diversity group in the academic unit for the academic year
  • A brief narrative statement no longer than 1,000 words indicating “best practices” developed and implemented over the last 5 years to promote diversity, successful recruitment, retention and promotion strategies, faculty development and mentoring practices. Please specify how progress in concurrent ethnic/racial and gender diversifying serves to enhance the mission of your academic unit.

Complete the nomination form here.

Questions? Contact Dr. Tiffany Marra at tmarra@umich.edu.