Research Recognition Award (RRA) Committee
The Research Recognition Award recognizes cumulative and ongoing contributions to research, broadly defined. The Research Recognition Award (RRA) Committee reviews nominations for the award and recommends candidate(s) to the Senate, which confers the award jointly with the Provost. The recipient presents at the annual Research Open House in March and is recognized at commencement.
The Research Recognition Award Committee consists of 5–9 voting members, a majority of them faculty: the chair of the committee, who is elected by the Senate from among faculty constituents; and at least four Senate constituents drawn from different schools, as well as the Library and, jointly, those departments not associated with a school, who shall be ineligible for the award their term of service. Committee members need not be senators to be elected.
- Caleb Crawford, Chair (Part-Time Faculty, Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture)
- Matt Garklavs, Electronic Resources Librarian
- Mark Parsons, Director of Production & Technology; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Architecture, School of Architecture
- Zhivka Valiavicharska, Assistant Professor, Social Science & Cultural Studies, School of Liberal Arts & Sciences
- Elena Villaespesa, Assistant Professor, School of Information
The committee chair is elected each spring for the upcoming academic year, and committee members are elected each fall. See Nominations for details on deadlines and procedures.
Senate officers are non-voting ex-officio members of every Senate committee unless otherwise elected, appointed, or specified.
The Research Recognition Award Committee:
- coordinates nominations of faculty members for the annual award,
- determines eligibility and criteria of excellence in research to guide review of candidates,
- recommends the Research Recognition Award candidate(s) to the Senate, and
- periodically reviews the effectiveness of its outreach and procedures.
RRA Selection Process
(Approved by the Senate on January 4, 2019)
Pratt Institute commits to recognizing and supporting research of its faculty, staff and students. The Faculty Research Recognition Award (FRRA) has been developed through faculty initiatives, supported by the Senate and Provost’s Office, to recognize the cumulative and ongoing research of our peers in their respective fields. The FRRA is awarded by a committee elected by the Senate representing members from all schools.
We recognize a wide range of research and scholarship, for example: applied research, pure research, creative scholarship, creative practice, and critical practices. We value ethical, responsible, sustainable, and inclusive research. We recognize and support interdisciplinary, collaborative work that promotes research practices and results shared without barriers.
There will be one recipient of the award. The Committee reserves the right not to give an award if no nominees meet the criteria.
Criteria for the award
The FRRA committee will consider nominees who meet all three of the criteria below:
- Impact (for example: disciplinary impact, public impact, high impact, and originality)
- Critical Review and Reception (for example: prior awards, grants, exhibitions, peer review, published materials either by or about the nominee, performances, screenings, and any other evidence of professional achievement pertaining to the area of expertise)
- Connection to Pratt Community (for example: sharing with Pratt community and influence on pedagogy in the classroom/studio)
Eligibility for Nomination
- Pratt faculty (PT/FT) and staff who teach or hold faculty rank, with at least six semesters (consecutive or nonconsecutive) at Pratt are eligible for nomination.
- Faculty must be a member of the Pratt community through the time the award is made at commencement in the Spring.
- Eligible individuals on sabbatical may be nominated.
- The President of the Academic Senate is not eligible.
- Nominations of outstanding women, minorities, and members of other groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines and/or at Pratt are encouraged.
- Previous recipients of the award are eligible again after five years.
The candidate must be nominated by a Pratt faculty member or chairperson. The nominator must submit all of the following materials:
- A nomination letter that describes in detail the research accomplishments of the nominee and the reason(s) for nomination. The letter should speak to evidence that illustrates and supports the criteria listed above.
- Nominee personal statement and acceptance of nomination (approximately 750 words).
- Nominee CV.
- Two additional letters of support from a range of individuals knowledgeable about the nominee’s work, which demonstrate the nominee’s significant contributions to his/her/their field. One of these letters must be from an external source, and the second may be from an internal (to Pratt) source.