Jack Richardson (1934-1989) joined the Ramapo faculty in 1972 to teach economics, having previously taught at Long Island University. He was a gifted teacher and administrator, but became especially well known for his formal and informal work in faculty governance, and college governance as a whole. From 1979 to 1982 he was the director of the School of Social Sciences and Human Services. He was also a founding member of two faculty bodies, the Faculty Assembly, and the Faculty Assembly Steering committee. Whether in an official leadership position, or acting as an informed and constructive faculty member, Jack was known for his courtesy and tolerance. His intelligence and civility were not only endearing, but valuable cement pulling together the College. After his death, friends put together this endowed fund to both honor Jack and to encourage the kind of leadership he represented.
Guidelines for the Jack Richardson Memorial Award
The intent of the Richardson Award is to recognize a faculty member from any School who demonstrates leadership “in the spirit of Jack Richardson. Specifically, the faculty member must:
Have the ability to find common ground, and by his/her demeanor and behavior be an effective leader who is broadly respected
Have assumed a leadership role (formal or informal)
Promote the welfare of the faculty and support faculty governance
The Richardson award is open to Faculty members from all schools. An email will go out from the Foundation (Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs) to all faculty members asking for nominations at the end of November. All nominations will be submitted on-line on the Foundation web page by the end of February. The nomination must include a letter explaining how the nominee meets the guidelines, the nominee’s CV, and a support letter from a Ramapo colleague (member of the faculty). Applicants may self-nominate.
A selection committee of 5 composed of faculty and administration will review the nomination materials and choose the award recipient. The recipient will be announced at the last Faculty Assembly of the spring semester. The award will be given as a special payment included in the recipients paycheck.