Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award recognizes outstanding faculty who exemplify the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s scholarship, life, and justice work and who promote the principles and ethos of Dr. King’s extensive global contributions in their research, teaching, leadership, and/or community-building efforts. These awards are of particular significance as they are driven by students. Student participation includes, but is not limited to, award development, nomination, selection, and recognition of faculty honorees who have made a substantial impact within the classroom, in advancing student research and co-curricular projects, and in their work with students across the greater NYU community.


Call for Submissions

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Submission Deadline: Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET


2022 Faculty Award Ceremony

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Award Recipients, 2021–2022

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Mercy Agyepong, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Dr. Mercy Agyepong (she/her) is an assistant professor in the Sociology of Education program in the Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities. Her scholarship draws from critical social theory, sociology of education, sociology of race and ethnicity, sociology of immigration, urban education, postcolonial theory, African diaspora studies, and anti-Blackness studies.

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Joyce Apsel, Liberal Studies

Dr. Joyce Apsel has a multidisciplinary background in history, law, and sociology. She is a recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award and teaches in Liberal Studies’ Core Global Works and Society sequence and about human rights, humanitarianism, global violence, and peace studies in the Politics, Rights and Development concentration.

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Fred Carl, Tisch School of the Arts

Professor Fred Carl is an associate arts professor in the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and is also one of the co-associate deans of faculty at the Tisch School of the Arts. His music composition work has been featured at multiple local, national, and international venues, including LaMaMa E.T.C., the 1996 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. Paul’s Penumbra Theater, the Public Theater, the Whitney Museum, the Vision Festival, and the National Black Arts Festival.

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Stephanie Cook, School of Global Public Health

Dr. Stephanie Cook’s overarching research focus is to understand how structural- and individual-level minority stressors contribute to mental health, physical health, and health behaviors across the life span. Further, she seeks to understand how features of close relationships can exacerbate or buffer the negative effects of minority stress on health.

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Elizabeth Ellis, Faculty of Arts and Science

Dr. Elizabeth Ellis is an assistant professor of history and co-director of the Native Studies Forum at New York University. She is a scholar of Early American and Native American History whose research and teaching are driven by a passion to center Indigenous stories, voices, and perspectives.

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Linda Lausell Bryant, Silver School of Social Work

Dr. Linda Lausell Bryant is a clinical associate professor and director of the Doctorate in Social Work program and the Adaptive Leadership in Human Services Institute at the Silver School of Social Work. She is also the Katherine and Howard Aibel Executive-in-Residence. She is devoted to developing the leadership capacities of social workers to spark change at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and social justice.

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Cammie Kim Lin, Liberal Studies

Dr. Cammie Kim Lin is a clinical assistant professor in Liberal Studies. Her teaching and professional interests include writing, critical service learning, English education, pedagogy, and food studies. A veteran educator, Professor Lin began her career as a New York City public school teacher.

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Jewell Jackson McCabe, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

With wide-ranging experience in both the public and private sectors, Professor Jewell Jackson McCabe is a presidential, gubernatorial, and mayoral appointee; a consultant to major corporate, cultural, and civic institutions; a businesswoman who serves as a director of several boards; and founding national president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.


The 2021–2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award was presented to the recipients listed above during NYU MLK Week 2022. Recipients of the award received a research stipend and were recognized during a special ceremony.

Recipients of the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award will be selected and celebrated during NYU MLK Week 2023 (February 13–18).