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Previous Honorees

2014- Yongtae Kim (Accounting
2013- Ed Mauer (Civil Engineering)
2012 - Lisa Kealhofer (Anthropology)
2011 - Fabio Lopez-Lazaro (History)
2010 - Michelle Oberman (Law)
2009 - Michelle Marvier (Biology & Environmental Science)
2008 - SunWolf (Communications)
2007 - Sanjiv Das (Finance)
2006 - Michael Carassco (Chemistry)
2005 - Thomas Plante (Psychology)
2004 - Tim Urdan (Psychology)
2003 - J. David Pleins (Religious Studies)
2002 - Nam Ling (Computer Engineering)
2001 - June Carbone (Law)
2000 - John Hawley (English)

The University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship recognizes scholarly or creative work over the previous five years by a faculty member that represents a major contribution to a field of knowledge or to the arts.


For normination guidelines, please see below:

1. Nominations for the University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship are invited each Spring by the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development. Any Santa Clara University faculty member may nominate a colleague at SCU for the award.

2. All nominations must be completed through the Recent Achievement Nomination form

3. A current curriculum vitae of the nominee must be included for consideration. 

4. The following criteria are required for eligibility:

  • The nominee must be a tenured faculty member or senior lecturer whose scholarly or creative work over the previous five years at Santa Clara University represents a major contribution to a field of knowledge or to the arts.
  • The nominee has not previously won this award.

5. Once nominated, a faculty member stays in the pool of candidates under active consideration for two years, and may be nominated again any number of times.

6. The deadline for nominations will be announced annually by the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development. For the 2019-20 academic year, the deadline has been extended to Monday, June 1, 2020.

7. The recipient of the University Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship will be determined by the University Research Committee. Members of the committees who determine the awards and those to whom they report are ineligible for nomination.

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    2019 Winner

    Chris Kitts, Engineering

    In the past five years, Chris Kitts published 14 peer-reviewed articles and four book chapters, received one patent, and was awarded more than $4 million in grant funding. He routinely collaborates with personnel from government organizations, industry, academia, and non-profit institutions. He leads a new multi-university consortium in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology, applications, and real-world engineering education. He has won many awards as a result of his research, and his Robotic Systems program was recently recognized by the National Academy of Engineering as an Exemplar Real World Engineering Program for its integrative research and education program.

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    2018 Winner

    George Cai, Information Systems & Analytics

    George joined SCU in 2012 and has published more than 12 refereed journal papers in 5 top tier journals. His growing reputation in his field has led to invitations to be both an Associate Editor for a premier field publication in 2013 and a Senior Editor of another top level journal in 2015. He has won multiple scholarly awards, such as the Shanghia outstanding paper award in social sciences and the Outstanding Associate Editor Award of Decision Sciences Journal. 

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    2017 Winner

    Gary Spitko, Law

    Gary has published more than two dozen law review articles, books and solicited papers in areas of arbitration, donative transfers, employment law, and law and sexuality. His scholarship has been cited through over 370 law review articles, casebooks, and court opinions. Gary's scholarship focuses largely on employment arbitration, and the ways in which the law leverages social understandings and influences their evolution. In 2017, he published "Antigay Bias in Role-Model Occupations" which explores how employment discrimination has been used to reinforce social understandings about the inferior nature of gay people by disassociating gay people from certain positive qualities and values while strengthening the association between these qualities and values and the heterosexual majority and i.

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    2016 Winner

    Siqi Li, Accounting

    Siqi has published nine papers since 2011, many in prestigious journals in accounting, and which has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Law School forum, and other notable publications. Her work is recognized as seminal in areas of capital market consequences and foreign mutual fund ownership. Her scholarly contributions provide new insights to regulators and corporations around the world on evaluating the benefits and costs of financial reporting convergence.

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    2015 Winner

    Blake de Maria, Art and Art History

    Blake has published five articles, chapters, and exhibition catalogs, two book reviews, and two books in the past five years. Her recent co-edited volume, Reflections on Renaissance Venice, received the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation Best Book Prize in Renaissance Venetian Studies awarded by the Renaissance Society of America. Her scholarly accomplishments are recognized by the most significant professional organization of Renaissance scholars in the U.S., the Renaissance Society of America.