Distinguished Research Award

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CC license image for research research-methodology.netThe University of Washington Tacoma Distinguished Research Award was initiated in 2004. Given annually, the purpose of this award is to recognize a faculty member who has achieved a record of notable scholarship or creative activity, who has generated new knowledge or creativity that impacts their intellectual discipline, and who has contributed to the intellectual climate of the UW Tacoma campus and its communities. All University of Washington Tacoma faculty members are eligible.

2020-2021 Committee

  • Ed Kolodziej, Committee Chair, Associate Professor
  • Kawena Begay, Assistant Professor
  • Athirai Irissappane, Assistant Professor
  • Arthur Jago, Assistant Professor
  • Sharon Laing, Assistant Professor
  • Eric Madfis, Associate Professor

2020 Recipient

Dr. Edward Kolodziej, Assoicate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Seattle) and the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (Tacoma)

Dr. Kolodziej’s research includes achievements in the area of water quality and contaminant fate and transport.  He also engages with local and regional water quality efforts through The Center for Urban Waters.  The Committee recognized his impressive record of serving as the Principal Investigator on research grants and acknowledged his extensive publications in high-impact peer review journals and service on advisory and journal editorial boards.

Past recipients

  • 2019 - Ka Yee Yeung, Associate Professor, School of Engineering & Technology 
  • 2018 – Eric Madfis, Associate Professor, Social Work & Criminal Justice
  • 2017 - Marian Harris, Professor, Social Work & Criminal Justice
  • 2016 - Carolyn West, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Video: Writing the Books You Want to Read
  • 2015 - Peter Horak, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
    • Video: The World of Mathematics
  • 2014 - Yonn Dierwechter, Associate Professor, Urban Studies
    • Presentation: Rain without thunder: City-regions and the global search for a sustainable order
  • 2013 - Mike Allen, Interdiscipliary Arts and Sciences
    • Presentation: I've Got Friends in Low Places: The Intellectual Life of an Anti-Intellectual
  • 2012 - Divya McMillin, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
    • Presentation: Producing Place: Media and Soft Power
  • 2011 - Rich Furman, Social Work
    • The professor and the blank page: Writing, rituals and our relationship to the written word
  • 2010 - Michael Honey, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Presentation: All Labor Has Dignity
  • 2009 - Claudia Gorbman, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Presentation: Listening to Movies
  • 2008 - Joe Sharkey, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Presentation: Don't Think; Look! Language Does Things it Can't Do
  • 2007 - Anthony D'Costa, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
    • Presentation: WYSIWYG/D: Doing Research at UWT
  • 2006 - Marcy Stein, Education
  • 2005 - John Banks, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • 2004 - Charles Emlet, Social Work
    • Presentation: Aging and HIV/AIDS: Lessons Learned... Moving Forward