Selection process

Solicitation of supporting material

All nominees for the Distinguished Research Award will receive a letter of notification from the Chair of the selection committee. They will be asked to submit the following documents in electronic form to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs:

  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Supporting evidence: professional recognition, awards, etc.
  • Support letter(s) from internal and external colleagues that attest to the significance of the scholarly work or creative activity
  • Additional evidence, electronically submitted, that supports the impact on the discipline and contribution to the UWT campus community (pictures of artistic work, awards received, recognition letters, peer reviewed abstracts, peer reviewed publications)
  • Detailed description of scholarly activity, limited to five pages and electronically submitted, that should include:
    • Criteria in your field for the development of new knowledge
    • Why your scholarly or creative activity is noteworthy
    • How this work has contributed to the intellectual development of the University of Washington Tacoma
    • The connection between the research, scholarly or creative activity and the wider community
    • How this scholarly or creative activity is linked back to teaching


  • The awardee will attend and be recognized at the UW Tacoma awards ceremony
  • The awardee will be expected to deliver a talk on her or his research or creative activity the following fall quarter
  • The talk will be open to the campus community and the public
  • The awardee will chair the Distinguished Research Award Committee the year after receiving the award