University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Early-Career Faculty


The 2017-18 Award Cycle is now closed. The award announcement will be made in March.

An award lecture and reception will be held Monday 4/2/18 at 5pm in the University Union Orchard Suite. All are welcome.

The Research & Creative Activity (RCA) Subcommittee invites applications each year for the University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Early-Career Faculty (formerly the President’s Award). This award was established in 1989 and is given each year to recognize a colleague who has made significant contributions to their discipline through scholarly activity, research and publication, or creative and artistic endeavors. The award includes a professional development grant of $2,500 and three units of release time from the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development.

Faculty who are eligible for the award must be tenured or tenure-track faculty within the first ten years of their appointment and three of the past five years must have been spent at Sacramento State. 

2017-18 Award Cycle (Current)

The Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Subcommittee invites applications for the 2017-2018 University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Early-Career Faculty. This award recognizes a faculty member who has made significant contributions over the last five years to their discipline as evidenced by research, scholarly activity, or creative/artistic endeavors.

The 2017-18 Award Cycle is now closed.

Call for Applications (Extended Deadline)

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Important Deadlines

Friday 1/19/18
Applications due by 5pm via InfoReady Review.

Wednesday 2/14/18
Finalist Interviews 

March 2018
Committee announces awardee

Monday 4/2/18 
Award lecture and reception for award recipient; 5pm in the University Union, Orchard Suite

2016-17 Recipient

Dr. Brendan Lindsay, History 

Brendan Lindsay, 2016-17 Award Recipient

Lecture Title
Founding the Murder State: Genocide in Gold Rush-Era California

Beginning with the discovery of gold in the state in 1848, California quickly became the murder state.  Gold seekers from across the United States, arriving in the tens of thousands annually, came with fixed notions of a national Manifest Destiny and the inevitability of American Indian extinction. These widely-held ideas formed the core principles sustaining genocide.  Unlike some other instances of genocide, in California, genocide was a popular, democratically-driven, grassroots effort by ordinary citizenry, supported rather than sponsored by state and national governments, and reported on by an independent press sympathetic to the avaricious demands for land and resources of their countrymen and little interest in the welfare of Indians, who were portrayed as a dying, degraded race.

Brendan Lindsay is a successful product of California’s Master Plan for Higher Education: he holds an AA from Mt. San Antonio College, a BA from Cal Poly Pomona, and a MA and PhD from the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Lindsay is the California history specialist in the History Department and program coordinator for the California Studies Minor at Sacramento State. His research focuses on California Indian genocide.

In 2012, Lindsay’s first book, Murder State: California’s Native American Genocide, 1846-1873 (University of Nebraska Press), was published to strong reviews in top national historical journals, including the American Historical Review, the Western Historical Quarterly, and the Journal of American History. It has since appeared in paperback and audiobook formats. His argument that genocide was a popular, democratically-driven, grassroots effort by ordinary citizenry has become a focal point in the historical debate surrounding genocide in California. In 2013, Murder State served as evidence in a United States Supreme Court case, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl. In 2014, Murder State received the Western Social Science Association 2014 President’s Award for Best Book of 2013. His work has attracted international attention, including citations of his scholarship and reviews of his work by scholars in countries such as the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany.

Since Murder State, Lindsay has continued to research and publish. In 2014, his article, “Humor and Dissonance in California’s Native American Genocide,” appeared in American Behavioral Scientist. He recently completed a book chapter on Annie Wauneka for inclusion in Twentieth-Century Native American Women Activists (Texas Tech University Press), and is working on another for A Cultural History of Genocide: The Long Nineteenth Century (Bloomsbury Press). This work focuses on the perpetrators of genocide and the cultural contexts they operated within. He has also published several book reviews in scholarly journals, including the Journal of the Early Republic, The Public Historian, and the Western Historical Quarterly. His current major research project is a monograph on the physical and cultural genocide of California Indian children.

Lindsay regularly shares his work in scholarly and public forums. He has delivered talks and papers in academic settings, including the California Center for Native Nations Genocide Symposium, the Conference of the Western Historical Association, and the California Indian Conference. He has also presented his research and represented the university to students, state employees, K-12 educators, and the public, at talks given in venues such as the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Workshop, the California Indian Museum, and the California Council for History Education Conference for K-12 educators. He serves as a campus information media expert for California and nineteenth-century United States history, and has been interviewed by television, radio stations, newspapers, and podcasts numerous times. He also regularly volunteers for National History Day, giving interviews to local middle-and high-school students for their projects on various topics in American history.


Past Recipients


Nikolaos Lazaridis, History (Award Lecture and Biography)
Daring the desert: ancient travelers and their graffiti in Kharga Oasis, Egypt


Caroline Turner, Education (Award Lecture and Biography)
Lessons from the Field: Cultivating nurturing environments in Higher Education


Rebecca Kluchin, History (Award Lecture and Biography)
Pregnancy and Personhood: The Maternal-Fetal Relationship in American Society, 1850-Present


Ben Fell, Civil Engineering (Award Lecture and Biography)
Towards Seismically Resilient Homes with Increased Life-Cycle Performance


Vassili Sergan, Physics and Astronomy (Award Lecture and Biography)
Liquid Crystal Science at Sacramento State: From Basics to Applications


Katherine McReynolds, Chemistry (Award Lecture and Biography)
How Sweet It Is: Perspectives on the Importance of Carbohydrates in Biochemistry, Medicine and the Mainstream


Janusz Prajs, Mathematics and Statistics
The Nature of Mathematical Discovery


Charles Postel, History
The Progressive Legacy in Light of the Financial Meltdown


Joshua McKinney, English
Pen and Sword in Accord: a Poetics


Ali Porbaha, Civil Engineering
Innovative Technologies to Accelerate Geoconstruction


Ted Lascher, Public Policy and Administration
How California Became a ‘Blue State’: Trends in Ethnicity, Ideology, and Political Party Identification


Craig Gallet, Economics
The Efficacy of Public Policy: An Application to the Cigarette Industry


Douglas Rice, English
The Poetics of Reverie: Stains of Desire Marking Absence


Cindy Colinge, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The Evolution of the Semiconductor Industry


Kimo Ah Yun, Communication Studies
Using Organ Donation Research to Save Lives


Randy L. Phelps, Physics and Astronomy
Astronomy from the Andes Mountains of Chile


Robert Wassmer, Public Policy and Administration
An Economist’s Perspective on Urban Sprawl in California


Shirley Ann Wilson Moore, History
Traditions From Home: Blues Clubs, Blues Music and the Black Community in Richmond, California


Christopher J. Castaneda, History
Gas Barons and Gas Dogs: Animating the History of an Invisible Fuel


Laurel Zucker, Music
Flute Talk: Musical Literacies


No award given


Doraiswamy Ramachandran, Mathematics and Statistics
Quest for Perfection or Search for Optimality: Duality Theory for Marginal Problems


Arthur H. Williamson, History
Images of Blood: Ethnic Identity and the Destruction of the Left in Europe and America, 1972-1992


Troy Armstrong, Criminal Justice
Prospects for Revitalizing Juvenile Justice in the 21st Century: The Role of Applied Research


Tien-I Liu, Mechanical Engineering
Intelligent Manufacturing: A Novel Way to Achieve World Class Manufacturing


Rory Cooper, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Persons with Disabilities: A Research Agenda


Janelle Reinelt, Theatre Arts
The Politics of Performance: Theatrical Representation as Social Practice


Tony Platt, Social Work
Racism in Academia: Lessons from the Life of E. Franklin Frazier