David A. Kravitz, professor of management in the School of Management at George Mason University, was recently presented with the Janet Chusmir Service Award by the Academy of Management's Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division. The award is presented to the nominee who has made an outstanding contribution to the Gender and Diversity (GDO) Division and who has personally served as a mentor and role model for others in the field.
While the Academy of Management has a professional staff to help run the association, the work for each division within the association is done entirely by volunteers. Every division has a structure consisting of committees and a leadership team. Since joining the GDO Division, Kravitz has served on a number of committees, including the executive committee, and was then elected to the officer sequence, which requires 5 years of service.
"David is a wonderful scholar, educator, and role model. He has been a devoted mentor and supporter of faculty and doctoral students in the GDO Division of the Academy of Management," says Diana Bilimoria, professor at Case Western Reserve University and one of two members of the division who nominated Kravitz. "He is tirelessly dedicated to improving things for others. For these reasons and many more, he is a most worthy recipient of our annual Janet Chusmir award for outstanding service contributions, and joins a distinguished group of previous awardees."
One way Kravitz improved the division during his time as officer was by institutionalizing all division leadership positions by coordinating the documentation of policies and procedures. He also promotes diversity through his teaching, research and other work at George Mason University, specifically through the Workplace Diversity: Practice and Research conference. This year's conference, held in June and sponsored by Fannie Mae, Sodexo, Walmart, CulturePoint and Mason's Office of Equity and Diversity Services, explored best practices and research in diversity management specific to workplace diversity culture and climate.
"Diversity is going to be increasingly important in the business world as our workforce becomes more and more diverse and as business becomes more and more global," says Kravitz. "I was flattered to be considered worthy of the award. I was particularly pleased that I received the award this year, because it gave me the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the tremendous impact my late wife, Barbara Martin, had on my life and my career."