Faculty Research Awards Competition

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 [CLOSED]


2018 Recipients of the Faculty Research Awards


Distinguished Achievement in Research Award:  Sarah McNamer, Professor of English and Medieval Studies

Sarah McNamer is Professor of English and Medieval Studies. Her primary interest is in the relation between literature and the history of emotion. Sarah’s book, Meditations on the Life of Christ: The Short Italian Text, was praised by one reviewer as “an outstanding contribution to research in a wide range of disciplinary areas – Medieval Italian and Latin Literature, Religious Studies, and Textual and Linguistic Studies, among others,” and was the recipient of the 2018 Scaglione Publication Award of the Modern Language Association of America.  In addition, Sarah’s book, Affective Meditation and the Invention of Medieval Compassion (University of Pennsylvania Press), received the 2010 Book of the Year award from the Conference on Christianity and Literature. Courses she teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels include Chaucer, Medieval European Literature, Medieval Performance, Medieval Emotion, and Global Medieval Literatures.

Sarah’s honors and awards include a Rhodes Scholarship, a Junior Fellowship at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and research fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2012 she was awarded a Visiting Distinguished International Fellowship by the Australian Research Council’s Centre for the History of Emotions. Sarah has received degrees from Harvard University (B.A. 1987), Oxford University (M.Phil. 1990), and the University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.d. 1998).

Career Achievement in Research Award: Sandra L Calvert, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Children’s Digital Media Center

Sandra Calvert was described by one reviewer as “among the top two or three scholars in the world who has most influenced knowledge about the impact of media on children’s development,” and her work was described as innovative, insightful, ground-breaking, and ahead of her times.  Sandra’s research activities involve the impact of information technologies such as television, computers, and intelligent agents on children’s attention, comprehension, and social behavior. She has served on two committees for the National Academies, one involving how to protect youth from online pornography and most recently one involving the role of food marketing on children’s diet and health. Sandra’s current research at the Children’s Digital Media Center is funded by the National Science Foundation, with prior funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Stuart Family Foundation. With her colleagues and students, she is examining the influences of how children’s relationships with intelligent media characters influence early math skill acquisition, how to use interactive media to reduce obesity, the role of identity and interactivity on children’s learning from entertainment technologies, and how very young children learn to read “screen” media. (see http://cdmc.georgetown.edu).


Previous Award Recipients