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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 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 included 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 for 2022 Awards is Monday, April 18, 2022

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.

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    2022 Winner
    Chris Kitts, Mechanical Engineering

    Professor Chris Kitts specializes in the design, control, and teleoperation of highly advanced robotic systems for scientific discovery, technology validation, and engineering education.  Through his work in this area, Professor Kitts has made not only a profound impact on the interdisciplinary field of robotics, but more broadly he has impacted automation research within the overall field of engineering.  

    As Director of the Robotics Systems Laboratory, Dr. Kitts’ work has been supported by the Office of Naval Research, NASA, The Koret Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, to name just a few.  Highlights of his research program include the use of robotic-based scientific discoveries to examine tsunami waves in Lake Tahoe, and controlling a series of NASA spacecraft for advanced space biological research. 

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    2021 Winner
    Ed Maurer, Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering Department

    Our 2021 honoree is an exceptional teaching-scholar, who excelled in bringing his research into the classroom. He has developed computational modules which have been incorporated into his classes and has integrated sustainability and the ethical impact of engineering decisions throughout his courses. His research, teaching and service are all expressions of his fundamental mission: to act, as a civil engineer, in the service of humanity. 

    He addresses questions of what we can state with confidence about future impacts of human-caused climate change on water resources. This motivates him to teach the crucial technical skills to his students. He blends state-of-the-art research techniques, topics of urgent concern, and the needs of under-resourced and marginalized populations into the framework of engineering in his courses. 

    Ed Maurer has made a substantial impact on the field of water resources engineering and more broadly the overall field of civil engineering. Ed has excelled as a scholar over the past 20 years, with more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and another 20+ book chapters, technical reports, and other publications, along with nearly 60 additional conference presentations and abstracts. Ed has an h-index of 49 as a scholar, meaning he has 49 publications that each have at least 49 citations.  In addition, he has secured over $400K  in external funding to support his work.


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    2020 Winner
    Andy Tsay, Information Systems & Analytics

    Dr. Tsay employs tools of analytics and quantitative modeling to study the management of heavily outsourced global supply chains, recently focusing on making these more resilient to disruptions. Dr. Tsay’s body of work has been cited over 6500 times, and the news media (e.g., San Francisco Chronicle, CBS News, ABC news) comes to him for expert opinions. Dr. Tsay has produced high-quality scholarly work independently (including a 170+ page peer-reviewed monograph), led teams (6 joint publications as the first author), and produced top-tier publications with co-authors in other departments and universities, and from industry. Dr. Tsay achieved this scholarly productivity while carrying heavy administrative duties as the Department Chair for 7 years. He has also been an exceptional teacher, receiving the prestigious Wickham Skinner Award for Teaching Innovation in 2007 from his main professional organization



Previous Honorees

2019 - Eric Goldman (Law)
2018 - Yongtae Kim (Accounting)
2017 - Pat Hoggard (Chemistry and Biochemistry)
2016 - Jane Curry (Political Science)
2015 - Rose Marie Beebe (Modern Languages) and Bob Senkewicz (Literature and History)
2014 - Kieran Sullivan (Psychology)
2013 - Michelle Burnham (English)
2012 - Sanjiv Das (Finance)
2011 - Andre Delbecq (Management)
2010 - Hersh 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)