Accolades Fall 2019

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December 2019

Grants & Fellowships

American Studies, Communications Studies, and Sociology each recently received a Creating Inclusive Cohorts (CIC) Training Program grant from the Graduate School. The CLA departments secured half of all awards offered. The CIC Training Program assists graduate programs in their efforts to increase and sustain the diversity of students receiving graduate degrees. Each of the three department's graduate programs will receive a fellowship that includes one year of support for the student in the form of a stipend of $25,000, academic year tuition, and medical/dental benefits. Previous department recipients in CLA include AMST/RIGS and Psychology.

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) has been awarded a faculty research award from the Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Fund for the project “History in Whose Hands? Gendering the Collective Memory of Perpetrators in Serbia.” 

Professor Elizabeth Heger Boyle (Sociology) has been awarded a faculty research award from the HRI Fund for the project “Signs that Portend Atrocities: Enriching Early Warning Systems.”

Professor Jack DeWaard (Sociology) has been awarded a faculty research award from the HRI Fund for the project “Public third-party observers' perceptions of procedural fairness in U.S. immigration court.”

Assistant Professor Kathryn Nuernberger (English) received a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship from The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) for the project, "Symbiotics: Poems at the Intersection of Biology and the Literary Imagination."

Professor Colin Agur (Journalism) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from OVPR for the project, "Facing the Flood: Examining the resilience of mobile phone users facing natural threats in Mumbai."

Professor Jack DeWaard (Sociology) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from OVPR for the project, "Third-party observers perceptions of procedural fairness in U.S. immigration court."

Professor Nicola Grissom (Psychology) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from OVPR for the project, "Dynamic dopamine release to reward in an autism-associated genotype."

Professor Chris Larson (Art) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from OVPR for the project, "Smithville, Tennessee."

Professor S Douglas Olson (Classical & Near Eastern Studies) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from OVPR for the project, "Manuscript Work in Support of a New Edition of Aristophanes' Knights."

Professor Anna Seastrand (Art History) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from OVPR for the project, "South Indian Images: A Critical Archive."

Professor Claire Segijn (Journalism) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from OVPR for the project, "When realizing that Big Brother is watching you: whether and how synced advertising literacy affects critical attitudes."

Professor Corinne Teed (Art) has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from OVPR for the project, "Entangling Banks." 


Publications & Creative Activities

Associate Professor Matt Carlson (Journalism) has written Measurable Journalism: Digital Platforms, News Metrics and the Quantified Audience, which explores ways in which the increasingly ‘measurable’ news audience has had an impact on journalistic practices. This book was originally published as a special issue of Digital Journalism.


November 2019


Director of Diversity, Equity, and Access, Alexander Hines, was selected as the recipient for Minnesota College Professionals Association's most prestigious award at their 44th Annual Conference. The Lud Spolyar Award for Distinguished Service recognizes a current or past MCPA member for outstanding service to the Association and/or the student affairs profession.

Graduate Student Ummul Kathawalla (Psychology) has been named the 2019 Graduate & Professional SEED Awardee. This award recognizes a graduate student's commitment to issues of equity and diversity through outstanding academic achievement and activism.

Professor Richard Lee (Psychology) was presented with the 2019 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award at the 12th Annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast on November 4. 

Distinguished McKnight University Professor Robert F. Krueger (Psychology) was named one of 2019’s Highly Cited Researchers by the Web of Science Group. Every year this organization identifies influential researchers among 21 research fields who have been cited most frequently by their peers during the last decade. In 2019 less than 0.1% of the world’s researchers earned this distinction. 

Professor Emeritus Michael Cherlin (Music Theory and Composition) was awarded lifetime membership to the Society for Music Theory at the 42nd annual meeting of the Society. Lifetime membership to the Society is the field’s highest award, made “in recognition of truly outstanding contributions to the field of music theory.” 

Amelious Whyte, Director of Public Engagement, was selected as one of five 2019 Advisors of Distinction by the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), in recognition of his work as a fraternal advisor at the University. The NIC represents 66 fraternity organizations with over 6,100 chapters.

Professor Gene Borgida (Psychology) was recently elected as Division 8 Council Representative of the for the American Psychological Association (APA). The Council of Representatives is the legislative body of APA. Division 8, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology seeks to advance the progress of theory, basic and applied research, and practice in the field of personality and social psychology.


Grants & Fellowships

Doctoral candidate Chloe Huelsnitz (Psychology) is a 2019 recipient of the William and Dorothy Bevan Scholarship, selected by the American Psychological Foundation / Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology to receive $5,000 to support her dissertation work. 


Publications & Creative Activities

Professor Erika Lee (History, American Studies) will celebrate the publishing of her latest book, America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States, on November 26. Professor Lee is one of CLA's most distinguished faculty members, having been named the 2017 Dean's Medalist. She is also a Regents Professor, a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, the Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair in Immigration History, and the Director of the Immigration History Research Center. 


October 2019


Associate Professor Tanisha Fazal's (Political Science) 2018 book, Wars of Law, has won two prizes: the 2019 Best Book Award from the American Political Science Association; and the 2019 Best Book Award from the International Studies Association. 

PhD student Chelsea L. Cervantes De Blois (Geography, Environment & Society) won two student poster awards at the West Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers 2019 Annual Meeting.

SeongKyeong Kim (DMA, piano, student of Paul Shaw) has won the 2019-20 University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Community Outreach Coordinator Saymoukda Vongsay (Asian American Studies) has won a Sally Award from the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts which recognizes individuals and organizations who strengthen and enrich Minnesota through their commitment to the arts and arts education. 

Doctoral Student Aaron Eddens (American Studies) was the winner of the 2019 American Studies Association's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize for his doctoral dissertation. This national award is given annually to the best doctoral dissertation in American studies, ethnic studies, or women's studies.

Congratulations to Caitlin Sisk (Psychology) for winning 1st place and People's Choice in CLA’s first-ever 3-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT).  Sisk is a psychology graduate student in the Cognitive and Brain Science (CAB) area and advised by Professor Yuhong Jiang. Her presentation titled "Managing misdirection: Learning to look in all the right places" earned her $250 for winning 1st place and $100 for winning People's Choice. She will move on to the University-wide competition on November 9th, 2019.


Grants & Fellowships

PhD student Chelsea L. Cervantes De Blois (Geography, Environment & Society) has been awarded a U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship to study Azerbaijani in Baku, Azerbaijan. 

Professor Tetsuya Yamada (Art) has received a 2019 McKnight Fellowship for Visual Artists from the McKnight Foundation. The fellowship is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country and provides annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten areas.


Publications & Creative Activities

Assistant Professor Mathew Zefeldt (Art) will hold an international exhibition, Vistas, from October 10 at the Celaya Brothers Gallery in Mexico City.


September 2019


Professor Teri Caraway (Political Science) has won the Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award which recognizes women faculty at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities who have achieved significant national and international accomplishments and honors and who contribute as leaders on campus. 

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) has received two awards from the Society for the Study of Social Problems: The 2019 Lee Founders Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes "devotion to the ideas of the founders of this Society, and especially to the humanistic tradition of sociology," as well as the 2019 Bi-annual Lifetime Achievement Award, Division of Crime & Juvenile Delinquency.

Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla (Psychology), doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program, is one of the University's 2019 Graduate SEED Award winners. The Graduate SEED Award honors outstanding graduate and professional students at the University of Minnesota who focus their research on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice, and who demonstrate creativity and the potential for future excellence in their field. Kathawalla recently co-authored a study on how Somali people have adapted to migration as expressed in digital stories. She is an advisee of Moin Syed (Psychology).

torrin a. greathouse (English) graduate student in the MFA Creative Writing Program, won Poetry magazine's J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize of $5,000 for her poem "On Confinement," first published in Poetry's November 2018 issue. 


Professor Raymond Duvall (Political Science) has received a President's Award for Outstanding Service which recognizes faculty and staff (current or retired) who have provided exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments and service units. 


Associate Professor Akosua Obuo Addo (School of Music) has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Ghana in Performing Arts. Addo will conduct and teach research in the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Cape Coast, as well as engage in a collaborative project using new technologies to create resources to facilitate the development of Ghana's teachers' professional knowledge in the arts.

Assistant Professor Jane VanHeuvelen (Sociology) has won the Sociology of Health & Illness Journal's New Writer's Prize 2019. Reviewer comments include "beautifully articulated argument" and "a model sociology paper." 


Elisia L. Cohen, Director of the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is the recipient of the 2019 Dale E. Brashers Distinguished Mentor Award from the Health Communication Division of the National Communication Association which recognizes significant contributions to the field of health communication through mentorship of and advocacy for the discipline and its members.


Grants & Fellowships

PhD student Bobbi Rohwer (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences) received a grant from the Organization for Autism Research for her project "Evaluation of a Explicit Visual Syntax Intervention for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder."

Professor Benjamin Munson (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences) has received a grant from the NIH entitled "Race, Ethnicity, and Speech Intelligibility in Normal Hearing and Hearing Impairment." UMN co-investigators include Peggy Nelson, Andrew Oxenham, Jeff Simpson, Evelyn Davies-Venn, and Matt Winn.

PhD candidate Lei Zhang (American Studies) has received the Hildegard & Gustav Must Graduate Fellowship in Estonian American Studies. Zhang will examine the Estonian American National Council and the Joint Baltic American National Council records in the Immigration History Research Center Archive.


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