The New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award is sponsored by The Provost, in partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs. Its purpose is to recognize outstanding faculty who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through teaching excellence, leadership, social justice activism, and community building. These faculty make a positive impact within the classroom and in the greater NYU community. Current NYU students nominate faculty and recipients are chosen by a committee of past recipients and student leaders.

2019 Faculty Award Reception

2018-2019 Faculty Award Recipients

Portrait of NYU Steinhardt Professor, Carol Anne Spreen

Carol Anne Spreen, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Dr. Carol Anne Spreen is an Associate Professor of International Education in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her scholarship brings together interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to examining education policy and practice.


Portrait of NYU Steinhardt Professor, Jasmine Ma

Jasmine Y. Ma, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Serving as Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Jasmine Y. Ma studies the mathematics and learning of people across settings, and the role of bodies, space/place, and participation structures.

Portrait of NYU Steinhardt Professor, Teboho Moja

Teboho Moja, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Teboho Moja is a Clinical Professor of Higher Education at NYU Steinhardt. Raised in apartheid South Africa, when others left the country to fight the system in exile, she chose to fight from within the country.

Portrait of Faculty of Arts and Science professor, Autumn Rain

Autumn Rain, Faculty of Arts and Science

Autumn Rain is an historical anthropologist who comes to NYU from the College of William and Mary as a Senior Research Associate of the Institute for Historical Biology and co-director of the Remembering Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom Project.

Portrait of NYU Tisch School of the Arts professor, Christina DeHaven-Call

Christina S. DeHaven-Call, Tisch School of the Arts

Christina DeHaven-Call has worked as a production manager, line producer, and producer on numerous short films, features, documentaries, commercials, and music videos.

Portrait of NYU Steinhardt Professor, David Kirkland

David Kirkland, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Dr. David E. Kirkland is the Executive Director of The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools. He is a leading national scholar and advocate for educational justice.

Portrait of NYU College of Global Public Health Professor, Danielle C. Ompad

Danielle C. Ompad, College of Global Public Health

Dr. Danielle Ompad is an epidemiologist whose work is focused in the areas of urban health, HIV, illicit drug use, and adult access to vaccines. Currently, she examines heroin cessation among current, former, and relapsed heroin users.


The President and Provost Offices, in partnership with the NYU Division of Student Affairs will present the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, which includes a $2500 research stipend, at the Faculty Award Reception during the MLK Celebration Week in February 2018.

Questions? Email mlkfacaward@nyu.edu

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