Faculty Research Awards Competition

Faculty Research Awards

The Office of the Provost is pleased to solicit nominations from members of the Main Campus tenure-line faculty for its 2019 Faculty Research Awards.  Two different awards are available:

Career Research Achievement:  Honors the contributions of a scholar to her/his field over the course of a career.  The basis of this award is the standing which the faculty member enjoys in his or her scholarly discipline.  Nominations should be accompanied by evidence that the nominees' work is recognized as distinguished and influential well beyond the Georgetown community.  Moreover, nominees should be at a stage in their career appropriate for an assessment of long term contributions and influence.  Normally, only one of these awards will be made each year and this prize can be received once by any single individual.

Distinguished Achievement in Research:  Recognizes a single distinguished achievement in scholarship and research.  We do not wish to impose excessive limits on the kinds of achievements suitable for recognition. However, the types of achievement envisaged include the winning of a prestigious book prize, the receipt of distinguished awards from one's peers, or the receipt of a major center grant. It is expected that such achievements will be relatively recent, certainly within the last five years.  Junior as well as senior faculty may be nominated for this award.  A maximum of one award per year will be made. If circumstances warrant, this award can be received more than once. 

Nominations made to either program remain active for three years (or two beyond the year in which the nomination is made) unless the individual is selected for an award in a given year.

Each recipient will receive a $10,000 cash prize, an award, and presentation and recognition at a University-wide Ceremony in the Fall.  The most valuable prize, however, will be the recognition of achievement awarded by colleagues.

Eligibility:  only Main Campus tenure-line faculty may be nominated for either award.

Nomination process:  Ordinary members of the Main Campus faculty should submit their nominations for either award to the Office of the Provost via internalgrants@georgetown.edu.

The nominating officials/departments should provide a letter of nomination, a current version of the candidate's vita, up to two additional letters from prominent scholars in the field of the candidate, and scholarly materials sufficient to allow evaluation of his/her merits. Nominators and supporting letters should explain the significance of awards or honors that the candidate has received. Occasionally more than one member in a department or unit is eligible and can be nominated.  The materials should be submitted to the Internal Grants email address at internalgrants@georgetown.edu; Hard copy materials such as books or journals can be submitted directly to the Vice Provost for Research.  Supporting materials from other individuals or institutions may also be submitted to internalgrants@georgetown.edu.    

Review process:  Recipients of both awards will be selected by the Faculty Research Awards Committee.  The Committee has the option of declining to make either or both of the awards in a given year if, in its judgment, no nomination is sufficiently compelling.

Deadline: Friday, March, 29, 2019


2017 Recipients of the Faculty Research Awards

Distinguished Achievement in Research Award:  Adam Lifshey, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Professor Lifshey is a pioneering and prolific scholar who has made major changes to Hispanic Studies by recognizing the global artistic dimensions of the Hispanic world and analyzing its virtually unknown literatures from Africa and Asia.  He began his groundbreaking work by studying novels from Equatorial Guinea and since has dedicated a decade to unearthing and critiquing the traditions of Philippine literature in Spanish.  The major reasons for his Distinguished Achievement in Research Award are for two linked accomplishments:  1) The Magellan Fallacy: Globalization and the Emergence of Asian and African Literature in Spanish (University of Michigan Press, 2012) which was named winner of a global competition, the A-Asia/ICAS Africa-Asia Book Prize (https://icas.asia/aabp2015-winner), for the best book published between 2009 and 2015 in English, French or Portuguese on any topic linking Africa and Asia.  The organizers of the competition flew Professor Lifshey to Ghana to accept it.  2) In 2014, he was awarded a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to extend his work on the Philippines to Taiwanese cultural studies. As a Fellowship recipient, he spent a summer studying Mandarin at National Taiwan University in Taipei and undertook the M.A. in Taiwan Studies program at the University of London (SOAS) during the 2016-2017 school year.

Professor Lifshey’s research on Taiwanese topics already has led him to give papers at three major conferences in Europe this past spring (in Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands), with a fourth upcoming paper to be delivered at the 2018 gathering of the Association for Asian Studies, the largest Asian Studies conference held in North America.  An essay by Professor Lifshey on comparative Taiwanese/Filipino studies also has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming anthology on new approaches to Taiwan studies.   Additionally, Professor Lifshey has just published a major study on literature by Philippine women in Spanish – the first monograph ever on this topic – in Kritika Kultura (http://journals.ateneo.edu/ojs/kk), a prestigious journal of the Ateneo de Manila University.

Both the A-Asia/ICAS Africa-Asia Book Prize and the New Directions Fellowship recognize the leading-edge nature of Professor Lifshey’s research.  His additional major publications include three other books:  Subversions of the American Century:  Filipino Literature in Spanish and the Transpacific Transformation of the United States (University of Michigan Press, 2015), Specters of Conquest:  Indigenous Absence in Transatlantic Literatures (Fordham University Press, 2010), and the novel As Green as Paradise (New Academia Publishing, 2011).  At Georgetown, he teaches primarily literature, film and music from Latin America.

Distinguished Achievement in Research Award: Turan G. BaliRobert S. Parker Chair, Professor of Business Administration, McDonough School of Business 

Professor Bali, the Robert S. Parker Chair of Business Administration, is a top-notch scholar in Finance one of the most productive researchers at the McDonough School of Business. He is also widely recognized as a stellar teacher and outstanding colleague. 

The particular scholarly distinction that motivated his nomination and award as a Distinguished Research Achievement was that he was the 2014 recipient of the Jack Treynor Prize, sponsored by the Q-Group (The Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance), a very prestigious award in the field of investment management and financial markets. The Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance, the “Q-Group” advances the practice of global investment management by connecting investment professionals with rigorous research and ideas at the frontier of the industry. It is a membership organization with over 140 sponsor organizations that represent many of the most important investment sponsors, managers, and consultants in North America and beyond. Their membership includes banks, insurance companies, securities firms, investment consultants, investment advisors, mutual fund managers, state and private pension fund managers, foundations and university endowment funds. The Prize recognizes superior academic working papers with potential applications in the fields of investment management and financial markets. The Q-Group Research Committee chose three papers to be recognized from 12 finalists and 77 total submissions. The Prize was given to Professor Bali for his paper “Betting Against Beta or Demand for Lottery.”

This exceptional paper demonstrates that highly abnormal stock market behavior (disproportionate pressure on the price of “high-beta” stocks) can be largely attributed to a demand for “lottery-like stocks,” independent from underlying firm characteristics and risk. Lottery demand can be attributed to individual and not institutional investors. This is an important contribution to understanding the relative role of “gambling” in the stock market in setting asset prices.

Since he joined Georgetown University in 2011, Professor Bali has published 15 articles in top-tier finance journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, and the JFQA. Over the past six years, Professor Bali has also published three books, including one PhD textbook co-authored with his former PhD student, Scott Murray, and a Nobel Prize Winner, Robert Engle at NYU. Professor Bali’s book with Engle and Murray has been a widely used PhD textbook at prestigious business schools both in the U.S. and abroad, and it is currently being translated into Chinese. Professor Bali serves as an Associate Editor of two top-tier finance journals, Management Science and the JFQA, and he has received the Associate Editor Distinguished Service Award at Management Science.


Previous Award Recipients