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Award for New Research, Scholarly and Creative Projects in the Arts & Humanities

The College of Arts and Sciences initiated this award for the purpose of providing outstanding faculty in the arts and humanities with financial support for advancing scholarship or creative work. The award is to support a project or projects over a period of time that will lead to significant new external professional recognition for the faculty member.


The award provides up to $6,700 per year for a minimum of two and a maximum of three years. The minimum request is for $3,000 per year. Recipients of the award will be required to submit annual progress reports to the Associate Dean of Research (ADR) and a completion report, at the end of the project. If funds are remaining at the end of the term of the award, the recipient can submit a request to the ADR, for an extension of up to one year. The extension request should include a work plan and budget. Successful projects will feature a multi-year plan with well-defined outcomes that will elevate the external recognition of the faculty member’s work. More than one award may be made in a year if the total supported requests do not exceed $6,700 per year. The award is not a salary supplement, but the funds may be used, for example, to support professional travel, salary for graduate students or research assistants, production costs, or supplies. Support for this award is from the College Research Incentive Fund.

Tenured faculty members who are conducting scholarly work or creative activity in the humanities or arts are eligible for this award. Nominations in the arts may include faculty working in design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media, music, musical theater, opera, theater, visual arts, and multidisciplinary works. For the humanities, nominees may be working in the areas of history, philosophy, languages, linguistics, literature, archaeology, jurisprudence, history and criticism of the arts, ethics, comparative religion, and those aspects of the social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches. Typically, nominations will come from the departments of Anthropology, Classics, English, History, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theatre, and the schools of Art.


Each department head or director, in consultation with departmental faculty or an appropriate faculty committee, may select one nominee and submit the appropriate nomination materials to the Dean’s Office. Each nomination must include:

  1. A completed New Research Scholarly and Creative Projects Nomination Form. Please note that for security reasons, you must be logged in to your UT Net ID / Google account in order to fill out the form.
  2. A nomination letter from the department head including information about related projects, significance of project, related funding possibilities and if appropriate, invitations
  3. A copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae
  4. The most critical component of the nomination, a narrative from the nominee providing a plan for the use of the award and how the award will forward her/his academic career, including expected outcomes that increase national and/or international visibility(equivalent of three pages or less, single-spaced), and
  5. A proposed budget for use of the funds.

Any questions should be directed to Beauvais Lyons. Nominations are due by December 15 at 5:00 p.m. The awardee(s) will be announced at College Winter Convocation.


2022 Sara Ritchey History
2021 Hillary Havens English
2020 Michelle Brown Sociology
2019 Mary Campbell Art
2018 Emily Ward Bivens Art
2017 Jacob Latham History
2016 Paul Harrill Art
2015 Luke Harlow History
2014 Shellen Wu History
2013 Monica Black History
2012 No award
2011 Laura Nenzi History
2011 John Sipes Theatre
2010 No award
2009 Kenton Yeager Theatre
2008 Ernest Freeberg History
2007 Catherine Higgs History
2006 Michael Lofaro English
2005 Jim Fitzgerald Religious Studies
2004 Vejas Liulevicius History