Site Search
Dillon Hall

Leadership in Equity Award in Recognition of Mary Lou Dietz

On Wednesday, April 15, 2009, a reception was held to celebrate the establishment of the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award, commemorating her contributions to the cause of employment equity at the University of Windsor.


 Dr. Kathleen McCrone, Acting Provost and Vice-President, Academic and Dr. Janice Drakich, Director, Office of Faculty Recruitment and Retention (2009), unveil the plaque that will list winners of the annual Mary Lou Dietz Leadership in Equity Award.

The award was established by the association's Committee on the Status of Women to honour sociology professor Dr. Mary Lou Dietz, who died in December 2008. In her career at the University of Windsor, which ran 1967 to 1997, she served as head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Coordinator of Religious Studies, and Director of the School of Social Work.  Mary Lou pioneered many of the rights that women faculty enjoy today.  She had many contributions to the advancement of women in Canadian universities and colleges.

The plaque will be displayed in the offices of the Windsor University Faculty Association in recognition of members demonstrating leadership in creating an equity culture on campus. The first recipient will be named in Spring 2010.


The Windsor University Faculty Association's Status of Women, Diversity, and Equity Action Committee accepts nominations for the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award.

The recipient will be a member of the faculty association who demonstrates the spirit of equity leadership by:

  • public advocacy on equity;
  • leadership in recruiting and mentoring diverse candidates and colleagues;
  • scholarly work, including paper presentations, lectures, or publications on equity;
  • service on equity committees;
  • innovative strategies for creating a climate of equity on campus;
  • service to the faculty association in the area of employment equity and human rights;
  • providing mentorship, guidance, and support to students;
  • excellence in teaching and innovative curriculum design to further the cause of employment equity and diversity.

Nominations must include the nominee's name and credentials, as well as a single page outlining the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions, addressing the criteria set out above, and should be e-mailed to as an MS-Word document by March 1.  Review the WUFA site for more information on the award.