Sport Management Professor Ketra Armstrong was among seven awardees of the 2014 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, recognizing University faculty and staff for outstanding leadership in cultural diversity. The award is given under the auspices of the U-M Office of the Provost.
Dr. Armstrong, who is Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Affairs in the School of Kinesiology, is a member of the U-M Diversity Council, a Rackham Diversity Faculty Ally, and an internal Advisory Board member of the U-M SHARP Center, promoting research on women and girls.
At the curricular level, Dr. Armstrong created “Gender and Sport” (SM 421), a course to better equip students with knowledge to promote gender equity and social change. She also re-formed a dormant course, “Race Relations, Cultural Images, and Sport” (SM 436); with her recent appointment as Faculty Affiliate with the Department of African American Studies (DAAS), she will begin offering the course as a meet-together with DAAS in the fall.
She serves as a member of the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force, Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee, consultant to the Historically Black Colleges and University Academic Reform Initiative and serves as an advisor and researcher for various Black College Sport endeavors.
Dr. Lester Monts, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, informed Dr. Armstrong that she was a recipient of this prestigious award and said, “Your contributions to the multicultural mission of the University have been extensive and of extraordinary caliber. It is my pleasure to bestow upon you this high honor.”
Kinesiology Dean Ron Zernicke commented, "Dr. Armstrong has demonstrated her commitment to the mission of diversity, notably based on race/ethnicity and gender. She is a superior and innovative presenter and teacher and is highly deserving of this recognition."
Established in 1996, the award is given in honor of Harold Johnson, dean emeritus of the School of Social Work. The award provides $5,000 to recipients to further research scholarship and student service opportunities.