External Awards and Grants

College of Humanities faculty, staff, and students have won a wide array of awards, honors, fellowships and commendations.

Toni Lee Alexander and Tyler Meier received Awards for Excellence in honor of their outstanding efforts for the College of Humanities.

A message from our Dean:

Given the College of Humanities' high national ranking, it is no surprise that its faculty, staff, and students are among the University of Arizona's most decorated award winners. From their international translation prizes and federally funded research projects, to their prestigious teaching awards and national lifetime achievement honors, the people who comprise the College of Humanities are routinely recognized for the outstanding work they do in their disciplines, for the campus, and throughout the world. The list below is only a representative sample of the accolades COH's teachers, researchers, students, and leaders have earned recently, but it demonstrates well the level of engagement, commitment, and creativity that COH people bring to all of their projects. Straight to the goal! 

- Dean A-P Durand

Highlights:

Assistant Dean, Business-Finance
University Award for Excellence Individual
Prize
2019
Director, Center for Digital Humanities
CUES Distinguished Fellowship
Fellowship
2019
Library Director, Poetry Center
Felix Pollak Prize, awarded by the University of Wisconsin Press.
Prize
2019
Kortemeier is recognized for Ganbatte, a collection of poems that follows its speaker around the world, asking: what does it mean to experience history as a tourist? How does identity shift when we speak in different languages? This collection faces outward, embracing a global perspective in a time when nationalist impulses are on the rise worldwide.

Award Winners

Assistant Dean, Business-Finance
  • University Award for Excellence Individual
    Prize
    2019
  • Outstanding Senior Award, Spanish and Portuguese
    Fall
    2018
Director, Center for Digital Humanities
, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Fulbright Scholar
    Fellowship
    2020
2019 alumna will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid, Spain
Professor, German Studies
  • DAAD AA Excellence Award in International Exchange
    Fellowship
    2020
  • Speaker at the 2019 TedEx Talks, University of Arizona
    Fellowship
    Spring
    2019
  • Eic Travel Award, Humanities Open Access
    Fellowship
    2018
  • Grand Knight Commander of the Most Noble Order of the Three Lions for outstanding services to German and Medieval Studies
    Fellowship
    2017
  • Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
    Fellowship
    Fall
    2017
  • 2016 Michael Delhoyde Award for Distinguished Contributions in Editing, Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
    Fellowship
    Fall
    2016
  • NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, Certificate of Merit (Faculty Advising Category)
    Fellowship
    2016
  • Excellence in Academic Advising Faculty Advisory Award
    Fellowship
    Spring
    2015
Assistant Professor and Director of Community Outreach and Critical Service Learning Programs, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Richard Ruiz Diversity Leadership Faculty Award
    Prize
    2016
  • College of Humanities Distinguished Teaching Award
    Prize
    2017
Director, Writing Skills Improvement Program
  • Outstanding Senior, Honorable Mention, French & Italian
    Fall
    2018
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
  • Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad
    Grant
    2017
  • Title VI Language Resource Center via CERCLL
    Grant
    2019
Instructor, French & Italian
, East Asian Studies
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Whiting Public Engagement
    2016
Director of Italian Studies, French & Italian
  • Renaissance Society of America Research Fellowship
    2018
  • Villa I Tatti, Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fellow, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies
    2016
Dr. Feng specializes in late-Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature with comparative interests in Latin and Medieval-Renaissance French literature. Her research and teaching interests include literature and politics, Italian lyric, especially Petrarch, neo-Latin humanism (Quattrocento), Petrarchism in Italy and France, Querelle des femmes, Questione della lingua, Renaissance exemplarity, and early modern conceptions of gender performativity.
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • UA Global Service Award
    Fellowship
    2019
  • UA Academic Leadership - Selected as one of twenty UA faculty, administrators and staff from a pool of more than 100 for leadership potential for nine-month training program.
    Fellowship
    2017
  • University Distinguished Professor
    Fellowship
    2017
  • Fulbright Academic and Professional Excellence Award
    Fellowship
    2016
  • 1885 Society Distinguished Scholar Award
    Fellowship
    2015
  • Outstanding Senior Award, Religious Studies
    Spring
    2019
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
  • Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Scholars of Color
    Grant
    2018
Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Scholar in Residence, University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies
    Spring
    2018
Her research investigates how narratives, both real and imagined, have shaped the political, economic, and cultural landscape of the Southwestern borderlands in general, and Arizona in particular.
Assistant Professor, German Studies
  • COH Distinguished Teaching Award, German Studies
    Spring
    2019
  • University of Arizona Foundation Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award
    Prize
    2020
Assistant Professor, Russian & Slavic Studies
  • ACTFL Research Priorities Grant
    Grant
    2019
  • Robert L. Baker Research Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2019
  • ACTFL-NFMLTA/MLJ Emma Marie Birkmaier Award for Doctoral Dissertation Research in Foreign Language Education
    Prize
    2015
Library Director, Poetry Center
  • Felix Pollak Prize, awarded by the University of Wisconsin Press.
    Prize
    2019
Kortemeier is recognized for Ganbatte, a collection of poems that follows its speaker around the world, asking: what does it mean to experience history as a tourist? How does identity shift when we speak in different languages? This collection faces outward, embracing a global perspective in a time when nationalist impulses are on the rise worldwide.
  • Outstanding Senior Award, Russian and Slavic Studies
    Fall
    2019
Student, Religious Studies
  • Donna Swaim International Award
    Prize
    Spring
    2018
    2019
  • SILLC Global Award
    Prize
    Spring
    2019
  • Lingyin Buddhist Studies Travel Award
    Prize
    Summer
    2019
  • Maitreya Culture & Education Foundation Award
    Prize
    Spring
    2019
Director, Poetry Center
  • University Award for Excellence Individual
    2019
Spanish Instructor, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award
    Prize
    Spring
    2016
Professor and Head, French and Italian
  • Ruth Benedict Book Prize, Honorable Mention
    Prize
    2017
Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
  • Chongqing Bayu Scholar Distinguished Professor
    Fall
    2018
  • Sichuan Fine Arts Institute Distinguished Professorship
    2016
    2017
    2018
  • Institute of Semiotics and Media Studies Research Fellow, Sichuan University, China
    Summer
    2016
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Sawyer Seminar , CO-PI
    Grant
    2020
  • Bayu Scholar, Chongqing, China
    Prize
    2019
His current research interests include socially engaged art, public history, object-oriented anthropology, urban studies, comparative media and technology, public humanities and digital humanities, popular culture, and critical theory.
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies & Classics
  • Early Career Scholar Award
    Prize
    Fall
    2020
Dr. Caleb Simmons (Ph.D. in Religion, University of Florida) specializes in religion in South Asia, especially Hinduism. His research specialties span religion and state-formation in medieval and colonial India to contemporary transnational aspects of Hinduism.
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
  • Japan Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2019
Lecturer, Religious Studies & Classics
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
    Grant
    Summer
    2017
Dr. Konden Smith (Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Arizona State University) is Lecturer of Religious Studies. He was the Burns Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015. Dr. Smith specializes in American Religious History, with a particular expertise in Mormon Studies
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies & Classics
  • COH Distinguished Undergrad Advising/Mentoring Award, Religious Studies & Classics
    Spring
    2019
Rob's research interests focus on how the material remains of the past can inform us about the economic performance of pre-modern societies. What cultural factors lead to improvements in economic well-being? How does socio-political development correlate with per capita material wealth? During the course of his studies, Rob has worked on archaeological excavations in Italy, Cyprus, Britain, Armenia, and the American Southwest. His current project uses archaeological survey to look at southern Sicily from prehistory through the medieval period.
Assistant Professor , Religious Studies
  • selected as one of 10 participants in the prestigious 2019 Young Scholars in American Religion Program
    2020
  • Outstanding GAT, Russian
    Spring
    2019
PhD Candidate, East Asian Studies
  • Tao-Chung Ted Yao Memorial Award
    Prize
    2017
Professor, East Asian Studies
  • Hangzhou Buddhist Culture Project: “The Hangzhou Region and the Chinese Creation of East Asian Buddhism”
    Grant
    2017
  • International conference grant, “Creating the World of Chan/ Sŏn /Zen: Chinese Chan Buddhism and its Spread throughout East Asia”
    Grant
    2017
  • Numata Buddhsit Studies Scholarship for Visiting Researchers
    Fellowship
    2020
  • A Tale of Two Stūpas: The Revival of Buddhism in Contemporary Hangzhou
    Grant
    2019
Graduate Teaching Assistant, East Asian Studies
  • Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award
    Grant
    2020
  • GPSC Student Showcase
    Grant
    2020
  • Lingyin Buddhist Studies Doctoral Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2019
  • Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies (CHIBS) Fellowship for Graduate Students
    Fellowship
    2017
  • Fo Guang Shan Translation Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2018
  • GPSC International Travel Grant
    Grant
    2019
  • Harvard-Yenching Library Travel Grant
    Grant
    2020