31st Annual MLK Celebration Leadership Award Recipient: James L. Sherley

James L. Sherley

Associate Professor, Biological Engineering. MIT

31st Annual MLK Leadership Award

James L. Sherley is an associate professor in biological engineering. Sherley, who came to MIT six years ago, was nominated by students and colleagues who cited his enthusiastic commitment to education and science and his exemplary work as a scientist, teacher and laboratory head who has fostered an inclusive and supportive environment. Sherley has been active in the Harvard Biomedical Science Careers Program, the Roxbury Preparatory School, the Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Hyde Park School. He formed a Biological Engineering Diversity Committee and is frequently sought out as a pre-med advisor.


In 2007, Associate Professor James L. Sherley began a fast on campus to protest both the decision not to promote him to tenure and the outcome of his previous grievance process.

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