The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award

2020 Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize

The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award is designed to reward leaders of courage, conviction, and selflessness who have devoted their time and talent to helping the University of Massachusetts to accomplish its goals. Recognizing that leadership may be found anywhere, faculty, coaches, and staff of the University of Massachusetts are encouraged to apply. The award will alternate between a faculty member (when it is termed the chair) and a coach/staff member (when it is termed the prize). In 2020, the Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize will be awarded to a University of Massachusetts coach/staff member.

The Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award equals $100,000 for two years. Each year, the awardee will receive $30,000 to support research, teaching or service linked to a demonstration of leadership and an award stipend of $20,000. The recipient will be selected by a committee consisting of the Chancellor of the Lowell campus; representatives designated by each Chancellor in the University of Massachusetts system, including Lowell, and the President of the University of Massachusetts or the president's designee. The committee will be chaired by the Provost of the Lowell campus.

The committee will grant awards bi-annually to faculty, coach or staff of exemplary character, high standards, and the proven ability to lead others at the university, nationally, or internationally in their field of research, in teaching or in service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Awardees will have distinguished themselves through their commitment to the goals and mission of the University of Massachusetts, as well as public education more generally.

Award Criteria

The Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Award has three primary aims:

  1. To foster leadership by rewarding faculty and staff of good character and high standards who have distinguished themselves in service to the University
  2. To encourage leadership by focusing attention upon leadership’s profound importance to the future of public higher education in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  3. To celebrate service to the University by fostering dialogue among the University campuses about their shared mission, and further collaboration of their collective goals

Online Form Instructions

  1. Fill in the online form below with your preliminary information.
  2. Answer the following three questions in this Word document
    • Considering Roy Zuckerberg’s vision of leadership and award criteria described above, tell the committee why you should be chosen for the 2020 Zuckerberg Prize?
    • If chosen, how will the prize funds help support your research, teaching and/or service?
    • What will be the intended outcomes of the award activities?
  3. Email the Word document and your CV to Zuckerberg_Leadership@umassp.edu.
  • Applications exceeding 5 pages will not be considered.
  • Please do not provided letters of support.
  • Deadline: March 2, 2020 (midnight). 
  • Award decision is expected early April, 2020.
If you are self-nominating, type self.