Honoring the Legacy of Sarah Goddard Power at the University of Michigan

Photo of Sarah Goddard PowerSarah Goddard Power was widely acclaimed as a major contributor to the advancement of higher education, an advocate for affirmative action and human rights, and a champion of freedom for the international press. As a Regent of the University of Michigan for more than 12 years, Sarah Goddard Power worked tirelessly to advance the position of women and minorities in faculty and administrative roles.

Regent Sarah Goddard Power originally suggested that the Academic Women’s Caucus present awards to such individuals. In 1984, an Awards Committee was established to select the first recipients of the Academic Women’s Caucus Awards. Thus, it seemed appropriate that the Academic Women’s Caucus Award be renamed to honor Regent Power. In 1988, Regent Philip H. Power graciously consented to allow the Caucus to rename its awards the Academic Women’s Caucus Sarah Goddard Power Award. In 1998, President Lee Bollinger enabled the Award to be offered with an accompanying stipend. Each year, nominations are selected for the Sarah Goddard Power Awards.


Nominations for the 2021-2022 award are now closed

Questions?  Contact Tiffany Marra at tmarra@umich.edu, Pat Colemans Burns at pcb@umich.edu, or Marilee Benore at marilee@umich.edu.

Sarah Goddard Power 1935-1987, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Sarah Power was a guiding light for the causes of women’s rights, human rights, education, and press freedom. During her distinguished career, she worked tirelessly as a Regent of the University of Michigan, and to promote women and minorities, including the establishment of women’s intercollegiate athletics in 1975.

Sarah Power believed passionately in the essential goodness of people, and in their desire and potential for contribution and achievement if given a fair opportunity. “My interest in opening up the system is simple. I want us to create reasonable options for all human beings, women and men. I want us to ensure the individual rights by which all persons can develop their potential, which will surely result in improved quality of life for both women and men.”

Sarah Power was also known and respected for her work on the national and international level – with the United Nations, as a presidentially appointed delegate to four worldwide UN conferences, and as Chair of the US National Commission for UNESCO which, she said, is “the only international agency concerned with those immeasurably precious aspects of the human condition – education, science, and culture – which make man what he is.”

Sarah Power was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Social Affairs under President Jimmy Carter. In 1980 she was honored in a joint resolution of tribute by the Michigan Legislature for her work as “one of our State’s most active and most important citizens in her dedication to serving humanity.” She was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1988.

U-M Law Professor Sallyanne Payton said that the long list of Sarah Power’s accomplishments does not reflect the total impact of her contributions. Rather, she said, the legacy which Sarah Power has left is the strength of her example. “If we can just pass along what she has given to us, that light will go forth from this place.”


Academic Women’s Caucus looks forward to reviewing your nominations for the Sarah Goddard Power Award. Nominees for the Sarah Goddard Power Award will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Affiliation with the University of Michigan (faculty including instructors, lecturers, primary researchers, librarians, and curators; and senior administrative staff)
  • Significant achievement in contributing to the betterment of current challenges faced by women in one of the following areas:
    • Distinguished leadership
    • Scholarship
    • Other activities related to their professional lives
  • Must be available to attend the award ceremony that will happen during Winter Term 2022 on February 1, 2022.

Past Award Recipients

Academic Women’s Caucus is pleased to have presented awards to the following recipients:


A. Oveta Fuller
Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, U-M Medical School

Reshma Jagsi
Newman Family Professor, Deputy Chair of Radiation Oncology, and Director, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine

Bhramar Mukherjee
John D. Kalbfleisch Collegiate Professor, Chair of Biostatistics; Professor of Epidemiology and Global Public Health, School of Public Health


Isis Settles
Professor, Psychology, Afroamerican and African Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies

Dawn M. Tilbury
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Sonya Jacobs
Sarah Goddard Power Distinguished Service Awards
Chief Organizational Learning Officer, University of Michigan
Senior Director, Faculty and Leadership Development at Michigan Medicine

Ellen Judge-Gonzalez
Sarah Goddard Power Distinguished Service Awards
Director, SOAR program, University of Michigan-Dearborn


Cathleen Connell
Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education

Allison Steiner
Professor, Department of Climate and Space Science and Engineering


Rada Mihalcea
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering and Director of the Michigan Artificial Intelligence Lab

Jody R. Lori
Professor and Associate Dean, Global Affairs, School of Nursing, and Director of PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery, School of Nursing


Kimberlee Kearfott, Sc.D. CHP
Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Cheryl Moyer, MPH, PhD
Associate Director, Global REACH
Assistant Professor, Departments of Learning Health Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology


Sioban Harlow, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Director of Center for Midlife Science

Sofia Merajver, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology
Scientific Director, Breast Oncology Program Director, Breast & Ovarian Cancer Risk Evaluation Program


Valeria M. Bertacco, Ph.D.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Sally Camper, Ph.D.
James V. Neel Professor and Department Chair of Human Genetics

Patricia W. Coleman-Burns, Ph.D.
Professor of Nursing

Gloria D. Thomas, Ph.D.
Sarah Goddard Power Distinguished Service Award
Director, Center for the Education of Women


Ann Evans Larimore
Sarah Goddard Power Honorary Award
Professor Emerita, Geography and Women’s Studies

Carol Rossier Bradford, M.D.
Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology, Co-Director, Head and Neck Oncology Program

Lilia M. Cortina
Associate Professor of Psychology, Associate Professor and Graduate Director of Women’s Studies

Dee E. Fenner, M.D.
Furlong Professor of Women’s Health, Director of Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Dr. Juanita L. Merchant, H. Marvin Pollard Professor of Gastrointestinal Sciences, professor of internal medicine, and molecular and integrative physiology, U-M Medical School

Dr. Lisa A. Newman, Professor of Surgery, U-M Medical School


Mieko Yoshihama, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Social Work

Avery Demond, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director,
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Elizabeth Cole, Ph.D.
Professor, Women’s Studies, Psychology, and Afroamerican & African Studies
Chair, Women’s Studies Department


Cynthia Luz Marcelo
Research emerita professor of surgery, Department of Surgery, Medical School

Deborah Goldberg
Elzada U. Clover Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Denise Sekaquaptewa
Professor of Psychology, LSA

Patricia Warner
Executive Director of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital


Carolyn Sampselle
Director, Carolyn K Davis Collegiate Professor, School of Nursing, Professor of women’s Studies, LSA and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lori Pierce
Vice Provost of Academic and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Radiation Oncology
Sarah Goddard Power Distinguished Award

Jill Becker
Professor of Psychology and Professor at the Behavioral Neuroscience Institute
Rhetaugh Dumas Progress in Diversity Award The American Culture Department of LSA


Carol S. Jacobsen
Professor, School of Art and Design and Women’s Studies

Cindy Schipani
Professor of Business Law, Professor of Business Administration, Chair of Law, History and Communication

Elizabeth Ann Duell
Emeritus Professor, Dermatology, the Medical School


Carol J. Boyd
Director of Institute for Research Women & Gender, Professor of Nursing and Women’s Studies

Cinda-Sue Davis
Program Director of Women in Science and Engineering

Rebecca McGowan
2009 Honorary Sarah Goddard Power Award
Regenta Emerita, University of Michigan


Suzanne L. Bergeron
Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Social Sciences; Director of Women’s & Gender Studies

John H. Vandermeer
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Carol S. Hollenshead
2008 Sarah Goddard Power Distinguished Service
Director of Center for the Education of Women and Chair of President’s Advisory Commission on Women’s Issues


Karin M. Muraszko Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery, Professor Plastic Surgery, Surgery, Department Communicable Diseases

Martha E. Pollack
Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Chair of the Division of Computer Science


Kate Barald
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Director, PIBS

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg
Professor of History, Women’s Studies and American Studies


Carol Fierke
Professor of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry

Timothy R. B. Johnson
Professor of Diseases of Women and Children and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Karen Dickinson
2005 AWC Distinguished Service
Relationship Manager Information tech CTR Services distinguished Service Award)


Mary E. Corcoran
Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies

Janet R. Gilsdorf
Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Disease and Professor of Epidemiology

Marilee Benore
Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry


Seyhan Nurettin Ege
Professor Emerita, Chemistry

Lora Bex Lempert
Associate Professor of Sociology Aline Souls Associate University Librarian California State University, Hayward

Aline Soules
2003 AWC Distinguished Service
Associate University Librarian
California State University, Hayward


Noemi G. Mirkin
Assistant Research Scientist Biophysics Research Division

Lisa A. Tedesco
Vice President and Secretary of University of Michigan


James E. Gruber
Professor of Sociology

Jayne A. Thorson
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Medical School


Peggy Kahn
Professor of Political Science, Women and Gender Studies Program; Research Scientist in Center for the Education of Women

Anne W. Monterio
Assistant Dean, College of Engineering

Patricia Shure
Lecturer and Researcher, Mathematics


Christin Carter-Su
Professor of Physiology; Chief of Biomedical Research Division of Michigan Diabetes Research Training Center

Abigail J. Stewart
Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, Director of Institute For Research on Women and Gender


Maria Comninou
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Linda N. Groat
Associate Professor of Architecture


Joanne Leonard
Professor of Art and Women’s Studies, Faculty Associate in Program in American Culture

Patricia K. Smith
Associate Professor of Economics, Director of Women’s Studies


Lois W. Gage
Professor Emerita of Nursing

Edie N. Goldenberg
Dean, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy


Mary L. Brake
Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering

Miriam H. Meisler
Professor of Human Genetics


Patricia Y. Gurin
Professor of Psychology and chair

Susan S. Lipschutz
Associate Provost


Martha J. Vicinus
Professor of English Language and Literature, and Women’s Studies


Inese Z. Beitins
Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Susan S. Kilham
Associate Professor of Biology and Associate Research Scientist

Virginia B. Nordby
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs


Janice M. Jenkins
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Jean P. Krisch
Associate Professor of Physics

Phyllis M. Ocker
Associate Director of Athletics for Women & Assistant Professor of Sports Management and Communications


Irene H. Butter
Professor of Public Health Policy and Administration

Peggie J. Hollingsworth
Assistant Research Scientist Department of Pharmacology, and Department of Environmental and Industrial Health


Beth Glover Reed
Associate Professor of Social Work and Women’s Studies

Helen M. Graves
Associate Professor of Political Science


Jacquelynne S. Eccles
Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, Assistant Vice President for Research

Maxine Baca Zinn
Professor of Sociology


Muriel D. Ross
Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Eva Mueller
Professor of Economics


Jean W. Campbell
Director, Continuing Education for Women

Anita H. Payne
Professor of Biological Chemistry and Obstetrics and Gynecology

Rosemary C. Sarri
Professor of Social Work


Elizabeth M. Douvan
Professor of Psychology

Rhetaugh G. Dumas
Dean & Professor of Nursing

Marilyn Mason
Professor of Music and University Organist

Harriet C. Mills
Professor of Chinese, Far Eastern Languages and Literature

Barbara Furin Sloat
Director Of Women in Science Program