MLK at podium with text 'Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award: teaching excellence, leadership, social justice, and community building'

The New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award is sponsored by the Offices of the President and Provost, in partnership with the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. The purpose of this award 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. In addition, 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.


Faculty Award Recipients, 2020–2021

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Noel S. Anderson, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Dr. Noel S. Anderson currently holds the positions of Chairperson of the Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology; and Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at NYU Steinhardt.

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Leo R. Douglas, Liberal Studies

Dr. Leo R. Douglas is a clinical assistant professor in Liberal Studies. His scholarship and NGO involvement focuses on the representation of Black and other minority scholars in nature conservation.

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Erica Foldy, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Professor Erica Foldy is an associate professor at NYU Wagner and affiliated faculty with the Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons School of Management.

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Phil Galdston, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Professor Phil Galdston is NYU Steinhardt‘s Director of Songwriting and a songwriter/producer whose numerous and varied efforts have made him one of the few in the field to score hits on nearly every major Billboard chart.

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Faye D. Ginsburg, Faculty of Arts & Science

Faye D. Ginsburg, a disability ally, activist, and scholar, is the David Kriser Professor of Anthropology. She founded and directs the Graduate Certificate Program in Culture & Media and The Center for Media, Culture & History.

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Michael McElroy, Tisch School of the Arts

Michael McElroy is an associate arts professor in the New Studio on Broadway (NSB) musical theater acting studio in undergraduate drama at Tisch School of the Arts. He is also Director of Diversity Initiatives for Tisch Drama.

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Michele Mitchell, Faculty of Arts & Science

Michele Mitchell is an associate professor of history. Her courses include Surveys of African American History and U.S. History, as well as Black Women in America, Writing Gender Histories, Theories of Race, and Twentieth-Century U.S. History in Film.

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Sam Pollard, Tisch School of the Arts

Sam Pollard is an accomplished feature film & television video editor and documentary producer/director.

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Dina C. Tate, School of Professional Studies

Dina C. Tate is an adjunct professor at NYU School of Professional Studies’ Department of Integrated Marketing and Communications, within the division of Programs in Business.


The 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award was presented to honorees during a special ceremony on Tuesday, February 2, during NYU MLK Week (February 1–6). Winners of the award receive a $1000 research stipend.