Selection process

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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:

  • Cover letter, limited to five pages, detailing the scholarly activity 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 application of research on wider communities
  • Updated curriculum vitae
  • Supporting evidence: professional recognition, awards, funded grants, peer reviewed and/or invited presentations, membership on journal editorial boards, journal editor, 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 UW Tacoma campus community (pictures of artistic work, awards received, recognition letters, peer reviewed abstracts, peer reviewed publications)


  • 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

2019-2020 Committee

  • Ka Yee Yeung, Chair and 2019 Winner, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering & Technology 
  • Yonn Dierwechter, Professor, School of Urban Studies 
  • Andrea Hill, Lecturer, School of Social Work & Criminal Justice 
  • Arthur Jago, Assistant Professor, Milgard School of Business
  • Sharon Laing, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership