James T. Neubacher Award

Nominations for the 2024 Neubacher Award can be made now!

The James T. Neubacher Award is presented to a faculty member, staff member, student, or alum of the University for significant achievements in:

  • Empowering people with disabilities.
  • Advocating for or advancing disability rights or disability justice
  • Increasing the accessibility of programs and services to promote disability inclusion.

Make a Nomination for the 2024 Award

Nominations for the 2024 Neubacher Award can be made now

Would you like to make a nomination for the Neubacher Award?  We would love to hear from you!  Please let us know how your nominee contributes to increasing accessibility, advocating for or advancing rights, attempting to eradicate systemic ableism, or other impactful efforts.

To learn more about the review process, see a Sample Neubacher Award Review Form.  Each nomination is reviewed by at least two members of the selection committee.  If your nominee has been recognized in the past, please make sure to highlight current contributions.  

Congratulations 2023 James T. Neubacher Award Recipient - Pam McGuinty

Pam McGuinty
College of Engineering, Resource Planning Management, Co-Chair Council for Disability Concerns

The 2023 James T. Neubacher Award Presentation Recap:

Honorable Mention Recipients

Dr. Petra Kuppers
Faculty, College of Literature, Science & Arts. Stamps School of Art & Design, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Jennifer Kerns
Faculty, School of Dentistry

Elizabeth McLain
Alumnus, Musicology and Disability Studies, Virginia Tech

Dr. Feranmi Okanlami
Alumnus, Faculty, and Staff, Student Accessibility & Accommodation Services

Melissa Sreckovic
Faculty, Education and LS&A, U-M Flint

Michael McKee
Faculty, Michigan Medicine Family Medicine

Hawkins Family
Alumni, Rachel Hawkins School of Social Work

Don Wirkner
Staff, College of Engineering

The award is sponsored by the U-M Council for Disability Concerns, the Equity, Civil Rights, and Title IX Office, University Human Resources, Michigan Medicine, and the Office of the President.