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.


Deadlines, 2020-21 academic year

October 30, 2020,  deadline for nominations (see criteria and eligibility below)

November 6, 2020, deadline for acceptance of nomination

December 31, 2020, deadline for submission of candidate materials

Members, 2021–22

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.

  • Carlos Motta, Chair (Associate Professor, Fine Arts, School of Art)
  • TBD

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.

The committee chair, as well as part-time faculty serving on the committee, will receive compensation according to the Senate Compensation Policy and Standing Rules.

RRA Selection Process

(Approved by the Senate on January 4, 2019; revised September 22, 2020)

Pratt Institute commits to recognizing and supporting research of its faculty, staff and students. The Faculty Research Recognition Award (RRA) 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 RRA 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. Details on award amount are available in the Senate Compensation Policy.

Criteria for the award

The RRA committee will consider nominees who meet all three of the criteria below:

  1. Impact (for example: disciplinary impact, public impact, high impact, and originality)  
  2. 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)   
  3. 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), chairs, and assistant chairs, 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.

Nomination Process

Pratt faculty, chairs, assistant chairs, and staff who teach are eligible to nominate and self-nominate for the award. 

  1. The nominator must submit a nomination form with the nominee’s name and Pratt email address, and the nominator’s name and Pratt email address. 
  2. The nominee will be notified of the nomination, and may either accept or reject the nomination. If the nominee accepts, they become a candidate. 
  3. The candidate must submit the following materials:
  • A nomination letter that describes in detail the research accomplishments of the candidate and the reason(s) for nomination. The letter should speak to evidence that illustrates and supports the criteria listed above.
  • Candidate personal statement that shall address the criteria for the award: the impact of their research, critical reception, and connection to Pratt community. (Maximum 750 words).
  • Candidate CV.
  • Two letters of support from a range of individuals knowledgeable about the candidate’s work, which demonstrate the candidate’s significant contributions to their field. One of these letters must be from an external source, and the second may be from either an internal (to Pratt) or external source.

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