COFA Distinguished Research Award

The COFA Distinguished Research Award is given annually to a faculty member for extraordinary accomplishment in the area of scholarly research, publication, creative work or collaborative performance/production in the past three years as evidenced by a record of accomplishments, awards/fellowships, critical review and citations. This award is primarily intended to recognize senior lecturers and those in the assistant or associate rank (tenure-track and non-tenure track).

Nomination Process

  • Fine Arts faculty and students may nominate candidates for this award using the form available below. Faculty members may not self-nominate. Forms are due to Tim Creswick in the Dean’s Office by Friday, March 8, 2019. Nominees can be tenure-track/tenured (assistant or associate) or non-tenure track faculty (assistant, associate, or senior lecturers) who hold a full-time appointment in the College of Fine Arts for a minimum of three consecutive years.
  • Nominees will be asked to provide a dossier of the following materials:
    • A research statement that emphasizes the impact of the nominee’s contributions on their field (two page maximum).
    • One external letter of recommendation from a faculty member or a professional in the candidate’s field that identifies the nominee’s most significant creative work, publication or professional activity; assesses their recent impact on their field; and addresses the probable long-term significance of their work. This letter must not come from the nominator.
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Supporting evidence of impact on the field (e.g. copies of critical reviews, citations of scholarly work, interviews, press, etc.) from the most recent three years.

Selection Process

  • Nominations will be reviewed by a college committee.
  • The winner will be notified in early May.


  • The winner will receive a cash award of $5,000 processed through payroll.
  • The winner will be recognized at the college’s spring commencement ceremony.
  • The winner will be recognized on the COFA website.

18-19-COFA-Award-Nomination-Form (647 kb pdf)

  • This fillable PDF works best in Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat DC or as a download on Chrome

Previous Award Winners

  • 2019 – Jiwon Park, Department of Design
  • 2018 – Katie Dawson, Department of Theatre and Dance


Page last updated: 4/26/2019