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Wendy Smooth

President and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Faculty Service

Wendy Smooth, associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion and associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has received the President and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Faculty Service. This award annually recognizes faculty members whose extensive contributions to university policies and programs, through non-administrative roles, have made documentable impacts on the quality of the university.  

Smooth has been an active voice for diversity and inclusion through Ohio State, Columbus and the U.S. She served as chair and officer for the President’s and Provost’s Council on Women, and she has also brought her commitment to diversity to her extensive work on several University Senate committees to steer conversations about policy in ethical ways.

“She brings rigorous analyses of the complex questions of diversity in The Ohio State University each and every day,” wrote one of Smooth’s nominators. “Smooth has a preternatural ability to engage a wide range of persons, units and communities in difficult conversations that lead us to fight for our best possible futures … she is helping us to cultivate deep ethical practices to shape policies that are critical to the ongoing flourishing of Ohio State.”

Among her many accomplishments and contributions, Smooth has worked on the College of Humanities Diversity Committee, the University Senate Diversity Committee and the Future of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She organized the “Collaborative @OSU” program aimed at generating research on equity issues, and she has served as a mentor for the Summer Research Opportunity Program and has worked for the Morrill Scholars Program.

“Meticulous, intelligent, ambitious, thoughtful and humanistic are some of the many attributes that I would use to describe her,” wrote another one of her nominators. “Each of these attributes contributes to the widespread gratitude and appreciation for (Smooth’s) contributions at The Ohio State University.” 

The Office of Academic Affairs awards recipients a $3,000 cash award and an increase of $1,200 to their base salary. In addition, recipients are honored at a celebration during spring semester and recognized during a home football game in Ohio Stadium in fall semester.