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Sustained Excellence in Scholarship

The University Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship recognizes the outstanding achievements and dedication of a faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in scholarly or creative work and who has been a faculty member of Santa Clara University for a minimum of ten years.


For nomination guidelines, please see below:

1. Nominations for the University Award for Sustained Excellence 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 Sustained Excellence Nomination form.

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

4. The following criteria are required for eligibility:

  • The nominee must be a tenured faculty member or senior lecturer who has demonstrated sustained excellence in scholarly or creative work and who has been a faculty member of Santa Clara University for a minimum of ten years.
  • 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. The deadline is Monday, April 22, 2019.

7. The recipient of the University Award for Sustained Excellence 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.

  • 2017 Winner Pat Hoggard

    Chemistry and Biochemistry

    Pat is the University's first Fletcher Jones Chair, which he was awarded in 1995. Pat has led the department by example in pedagogy and scholarship, contributing over 113 publications in peer reviewed journals and given more than 40 talks at national conferences. He was recently awarded an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund grant, which he will use to work with his students. Not only is he known across campus by his peers and students as a leader in scholarship, but for his musical talents on the ukulele as well.

  • 2016 Winner Jane Curry

    Political Science

    In addition to her prestigious awards and fellowships, Jane Curry is a five time Fulbright recipient. Her scholarship on Poland, and the “People’s Revolutions” in Serbia, Ukraine and Georgia has resulted in 2 monographs, 7 edited or co‐edited books, approximately 50 scholarly articles, chapters, and other publications, and approximately 45 international, national, and regional conference papers and academic presentations. Jane’s scholarship is recognized for its creative and thoughtful synthesis of complex topics. Her work has earned her a lifetime achievement award from the Polish Association of Journalists.

  • 2015 Winners Rose Marie Beebe and Bob Senkewicz

    Modern Languages and Literature & History

    Rose Marie and Bob have been working together since 1996, making outstanding contributions to our understanding of Early California history and making materials available in Spanish, which was unavailable prior to the work of recovery they accomplished and their scholarship has been recognized both nationally and internationally. They have produced six scholarly books and editions, numerous translations of early California historical documents, 10 articles and book chapters, and scores of conference papers. Their most recent book, Junípero Serra: California, Indians, and the Transformation of a Missionary has been acknowledged in Rome as the definitive biography of Junípero Serra.

  • 2014 Winner Kieran Sullivan


    Kieran Sullivan has made 23 peer-reviewed conference presentations and written 29 publications – including her 2010 book entitled Support Processes in Intimate Relationships. There have been more than 700 citations of her published work, and her productivity continues with another book now in progress, an invited paper and two papers under review. Her work has been described as continuing “to drive her field from the fast lane” and she is recognized for creating and disseminating new knowledge in various forms – empirical, theoretical, and applied work. Her research on couples’ dynamics provides a more comprehensive approach to the psychology of marital relationships, and appears in both scholarly journals and the popular media.

  • 2013 Winner Michelle Burnham


    Her first book, Captivity and Sentiment, is read by virtually every graduate student in her field, and has been described as a model of informed, interdisciplinary scholarship. Her latest project, The Calculus of Risk: Writing in the Revolutionary Atlantic-Pacific, has helped alter approaches and boundaries to the study of early America by attending to crucial global connections and economic features in an array of texts from the early American period. Michelle was designated the winner of the Richard Beale Davis Prize by the Modern Language Association in recognition of the best published essay in Early American Literature.

Previous Honorees

2012 - Sanjiv Das (Finance)
2011 - Andre Delbecq (Management)
2010 - Hersch Shefrin (Finance)
2009 - San Hernandez (Art and Art History)
2008 - Meir Statman (Finance)
2007 - Nam Ling (Computer Engineering)
2006 - Jerrold Shapiro (Counseling Psychology)
2005 - James Felt, S.J. (Philosophy)
2004 - Philip Kain (Philosophy)
2003 - Jerry Burger (Psychology)
2002 - Catherine Montfort (Modern Languages and Literature)
2001 - Alan Scheflin (Law)
2000 - Alexander Field (Economics)
1999 - Bill Duffy (Physics)
1998 - Steven Nahmias (Operations Management & Information Systems)
1997 - Cary Yang (Electrical Engineering)
1996 - Jerry Kasner (Law)
1995 - Stephen Smith (Decision & Information Sciences) 
1994 - Paul Halmos (Mathematics) & Dragoslav Siljak (Electrical Engineering)