Shirley Driscoll Dean's Leadership Award for the Enhancement of Women's Careers


The Dean’s Award for Enhancement of Women’s Careers was initiated in 2019 in collaboration with the Dean’s office, to recognize faculty members committed to the advancement of women at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, but may not be in a position in their career to promote and retain women faculty. The Award was named the “Shirley Driscoll Dean’s Leadership Award for the Enhancement of Women’s Careers” to honor Dr. Driscoll (1923-2018) who was the first faculty co-chair of the JCSW in 1973.

The nomination process for the Awards is coordinated by the Joint Committee on the Status of Women at HMS and HSDM.

  • Candidates may be of any gender and may be nominated by any HMS/HSDM faculty member.
  • The award recipients will be recommended by the JCSW Dean’s Award Selection Subcommittee and selected by George Q. Daley, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
  • The faculty awardees will be recognized at the Spring Faculty of Medicine meeting and the June 2022 JCSW joint committee meeting.

Evaluation Criteria for the Shirley Driscoll Leadership Award for the Engancement of Women's Careers:

  • Ideally this faculty member will have set an example not only as a mentor, but also as a model and an activist.
  • Nominees eligible for this award include faculty members who serve in any capacity within HMS or HSDM.  Exceptions to this eligibility include those faculty members currently serving in a decanal role.
  • Ordinarily, the recipient of this award would have served as faculty at HMS or elsewhere approximately 10 years or more and is normally not yet a full professor (although exceptions will be made).
  • Please note that, if deemed more appropriate, the Dean’s Award Committee may change this nomination packet for consideration of the Joseph B. Martin Dean’s Leadership Award or the Early Career Award if the above criteria are not met.

Nomination Information and Guidelines:

  • All nominations and letters of support must be received NO LATER THAN February 14, 2022
  • A nomination form must be submitted on behalf of the nominee in order to be considered for this award.  
  • For all faculty awards, candidates who have previously been nominated may be re-nominated; previous nominations can be re-submitted with a one-page addendum that includes any relevant updates.

    Nomination Form:
  • One nomination form must be submitted in order for nominees to be considered for this award.

Letters of Support:

  • Up to 2 letters of support (approximately 2 pgs of length each) will be accepted for each nominee. These forms should be uploaded into the nomination form.
  • Multiple supporters may sign one letter
  • Letters should contain information that is supplementary to the information on the nomination form

Letters should provide specific details and examples documenting accomplishments of the nominee in each of the following areas:

  1. Enhancing the ability of women faculty and trainees to attain their full career potential
  2. Support for programs to assist with career/family balance
  3. Development of an environment conducive to career development
  4. Advocating for Pay Equity
  5. Sponsorship for leadership, other opportunities


Nomination Form
Past Recipients 


If you have any questions about nominations or this award, please contact Diana Longden, JCSW Administrative Coordinator. 

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Thank you for your interest and efforts in nominating an outstanding candidate. Your participation in selecting a deserving recipient of this important award is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to forward this email to your colleagues and departments.