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! 

- Dorrance 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 Professor, French and Italian
  • CERCLL Awards 2021 Fellowships
    Fellowship
    2021
  • French Government Tournées Film Festival Grant
    Grant
    2021
Assistant Dean, Business-Finance
  • University Award for Excellence Individual
    Prize
    2019
Student, Russian & Slavic Studies
  • COH Outstanding Senior Award
    Prize
    2021
Assistant Professor of Practice, French and Italian
  • COH Distinguished Teaching Award
    Fall
    2021
Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Outstanding Senior Award, Spanish and Portuguese
    Fall
    2018
, French and Italian
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
  • COH Distinguished Undergrad Advising/Mentoring Award
    Spring
    2020
Director, Center for Digital Humanities
  • CUES Distinguished Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2019
  • Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
    Grant
    2020
  • National Science Foundation Grant “A Novel Architecture for Secure, Energy-Efficient Community-Edge-Clouds with Application in Harlem”
    Grant
    2017
  • Knight Foundation: Shaping the Future of Technology in Museums.
    Grant
    2019
  • Provosts Investment Fund
    Grant
    2020
  • CUES Distinguished Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2021
  • Facebook Reality Lavs (FRL) Grant
    Grant
    2021
  • UA Office of Research Challenge Grant
    Grant
    2021
  • Tucson Presidio Trust
    Prize
    2021
  • Arizona Heritage Tours
    Prize
    2021
  • Charities Aid Foundation of America
    Prize
    2021
  • Jacksonville Urban League
    Prize
    2021
  • Arizona Historical Society
    Prize
    2021
  • UA Provost's Investment Fund Award
    Prize
    2021
Professor, Spanish and Portuguese
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
    Grant
    2020
This multi-site project will document language in Southern Arizona and in the Rio Grande Valley through the further development of a website-based collection of interviews with community members, the Corpus de Español del Sur de Arizona (CESA) and the Corpus Bilingüe del Valle (CoBiVa). Dr. Christoffersen and Dr. Bessett of UTRGV completed their PhDs at the University of Arizona with Dr. Ana Carvalho who created the Southern Arizona corpus. Inspired by her work, the three submitted a proposal to NEH in July 2019. This project gathers faculty, students, and community members to continue documenting bilingual behavior in the US Southwest.
, 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
Graduate Student, East Asian Studies
  • GPSC peer award
    Prize
    2021
  • Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award
    Prize
    2021
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
  • DAAD AA Excellence Award in International Exchange
    Prize
    2020
  • Tulliola- Renato Filippelli” World Award Winner of the foreign section E
    Prize
    2021
  • Humanities Board of Directors
    2021
Program Director, National Center for Interpretation
  • 2021 UPCEA West Region Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award
    Prize
    Fall
    2021
  • Appointment Regents Professor
    Prize
    2021
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
Assistant Professor, Public & Applied Humanities
  • ACLS Digital Extension Grant
    Grant
    2021
  • Outstanding Senior, Honorable Mention, French & Italian
    Fall
    2018
Literary Director, Poetry Center
  • Arizona Commission on the Arts, Research & Development Grant
    Grant
    Fall
    2021
Assistant Professor of Practice, Spanish and Portuguese
  • UA Provost Office Arizona Champion Award
    Prize
    2021
  • COH Distinguished Advising/Mentoring Award
    Prize
    2021
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
  • Early Career Fellowship Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies
    Fellowship
    2021
Professor, German Studies
  • ACTFL Research Priorities Grant
    Grant
    2020
  • Deutsch macht Spaß Grant
    Grant
    2020
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
  • Academic Leadership Institute Selection
    2021
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
Student, Russian & Slavic Studies
  • COH Outstanding Senior Award
    Prize
    2021
  • Outstanding Senior Award, Religious Studies
    Spring
    2019
Associate Professor, Religious Studies and Classics
  • Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise
    Prize
    2016
  • Paul J. Achtemeier Award for New Testament Scholarship, Society of Biblical Literature
    Prize
    2017
  • College of Humanities, Teaching and Outreach Grant
    Grant
    2018
Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
  • Louisville Institute First Book Grant for Scholars of Color
    Grant
    2018
Program Coordinator, Spanish and Portuguese
  • UA Award for Excellence
    Prize
    2021
Assistant Professor, Russian and Slavic Studies
  • US Department of Education Title VI NRCS Grant
    Grant
    2021
Assistant Professor of Practice, Religious Studies and Classics
  • Society for Classical Studies Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Classics at College Level
    Prize
    2021
  • Classical Association of the Middle West and South Grant
    Grant
    2021
  • UA Office of Digital Learning Technology Innovations in Digital Learning Seed Grant
    Grant
    2021
Senior Program Coordinator, Spanish and Portuguese
  • University of Arizona Award for Excellence
    Prize
    2020
Professor, Religious Studies and Classics
  • NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant
    Prize
    2021
Director, Writing Skills Improvement Program
  • Graduate Writing Institute UA Provost's Investment Fund
    Prize
    2021
Assistant Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Scholar in Residence, University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies
    Spring
    2018
  • UA Office of Research Faculty Seed Grant
    Grant
    2021
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
  • UA Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award
    Prize
    2021
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
  • The Stevens Foundation Research Grant
    Grant
    2020
  • CERCLL Awards 2021 Fellowships
    Fellowship
    2021
  • Stevens Initiative / Aston Institute Research Grant
    Grant
    2021
Library Director, Poetry Center
  • Felix Pollak Prize, awarded by the University of Wisconsin Press.
    Prize
    2019
  • Horner Special Project Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2016
  • Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
    Grant
    2019
  • Leadership Institute Fellow: American Library Association
    Fellowship
    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
Assistant Professor, Russian & Slavic Studies
  • Association for Women in Slavic Studies, Honorable Mention for best article in Slavic women's and gender studies
    Prize
    2019
  • Fisher Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2019
  • U.S. Department of State Peer-to-Peer Grant
    Grant
    2018
Director, Poetry Center
  • University Award for Excellence Individual
    2019
Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
  • Japan Foundation Grant
    Grant
    2021
  • Residential Fellowship Institute for Advances Study in Princeton
    Fellowship
    2021
Student, Applied Humanities: Public Health Emphasis and East Asian Studies: Chinese Language Emphasis
  • University of Arizona Native American Student Affairs 2020-2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
    Prize
    Spring
    2021
Assistant Professor, French and Italian
  • CNRS & UA International Research Center Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2021
Spanish Instructor, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Margaret M. Briehl and Dennis T. Ray Five Star Faculty Award
    Prize
    Spring
    2016
Professor, French and Italian
  • Research Chair Award University of Ottawa
    Prize
    2021
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.
Recruitment Coordinator, College of Humanities
  • Hispanic-Serving Institution Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2020
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
  • Japan Foundation Grant
    Grant
    2021
Associate Professor, Religious Studies & Classics
  • Early Career Scholar Award
    Prize
    Fall
    2020
  • UA Early Career Award
    Prize
    2021
  • Academic Leadership Institute Selection
    2021
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
  • Japan Foundation Grant
    Grant
    2021
Lecturer, Religious Studies & Classics
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
    Grant
    Summer
    2017
  • Mormon History Association's "Best First Book" Award
    Prize
    2020
  • Best First Book
    Prize
    2020
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
  • College of Humanities Distinguished Teaching Award
    Spring
    2020
  • UA Five Star Faculty Award
    Prize
    2021
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, French and Italian
  • French Government Tournées Film Festival Grant
    Grant
    2021
Senior Library Specialist, Poetry Center
  • First-time attendee scholarship, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries
    Fellowship
    2019
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Program in Public Understanding
    Grant
    2019
Professor, French and Italian
  • France-Arizona Institute for Global Grand Challenges
    Grant
    2021
  • CNRS & UA International Research Center Fellowship
    Fellowship
    2021
Assistant Professor , Religious Studies
  • selected as one of 10 participants in the prestigious 2019 Young Scholars in American Religion Program
    2020
  • Center for Religion and the City Summer Research Grant
    Grant
    2019
  • Public Humanities Fellowship, Lived Religion in the Digital Age Research Initiative
    Fellowship
    2021
  • Outstanding GAT, Russian
    Spring
    2019
PhD Candidate, East Asian Studies
  • Tao-Chung Ted Yao Memorial Award
    Prize
    2017
Administrative Assistant , Spanish and Portuguese
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
  • Numata Visiting Researcher Fellowship Khyentse Foundation Ryukoku University
    Fellowship
    2021
Professor, French and Italian: Religious Studies and Classics
  • AZ Humanities Grant
    Grant
    2021
Professor, East Asian Studies
  • Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Grant
    Grant
    2021
  • CAPLA Grassroots Seed Grant
    Grant
    2021