2021 Faculty Awards & Fellowships

These are the awards and fellowships for the current year. Click the side menu links to view awards and fellowships from previous years.


Associate Professor of English, Dr. Amina Gautier, was recently awarded the 2021 Letras Boricuas Fellowship, created by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund. The fellowship was given to 20 Puerto Rican writers whose work spans genres including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and children’s literature. The new fellowship was created to identify, elevate, and amplify the voices of emerging and established Puerto Rican writers on the island and across the U.S. Dr. Gautier is the author of two short story collections: Now We Will Be Happy (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize and At-Risk (University of Georgia Press, 2011), which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction.


Patricia Engel, Associate Professor of English, has won the prestigious New American Voices Award from the Institute for Immigration Research (https://fallforthebook.org/patriciaengel_winner/) for her latest, widely celebrated novel, Infinite Country.


Shouraseni Sen Roy, Professor of Department of Geography and Sustainable Development, was awarded a senior short-term fellowship to carry out her project, “Living on the Edge: Resilience in the Face of Climate Change in the Indian Sunderban Delta.” Professor Roy’s fellowship is funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) through CAORC.


Gail Ironson, Professor of Psychology, received the Contributions in Positive Health Award, which recognizes individuals with long and distinguished careers who have made a notable impact on the field of positive health. 


Xavier Cortada, Professor of Practice of the Department of Art and Art History, is the recipient of a 2021 National Wetlands Award from the Environmental Law Institute.


Marvin Dawkins, Professor of the Department of Sociology, is the recipient of this year’s James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award from the Faculty Senate.


David Graf, Professor of the Department of Religious Studies, has received a Fulbright Award to Jordan for the academic year 2021-22.


David Graf, Professor of the Department of Religious Studies, has received an NEH Fellowship for 4 months in Jordan from Sept. 1, 2022 to Dec. 31, 2022.


Neil Schneiderman, James L. Knight Professor of Psychology, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual Zubrod Memorial Lecture.