University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior 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 Senior Faculty (formerly the Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award). This award was established in 1961 and is given annually to a Sacramento State faculty member who, over many years 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 who have been at Sacramento State for at least ten academic years. 

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 Senior Faculty. This award recognizes a faculty member who has made significant contributions over many 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

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Important Deadlines

Wednesday 11/29/17
Applications due by 5pm via InfoReady Review.

Wednesday 2/7/18
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. Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences

Jamie Kneitel, 2016-17 Award Recipient
Lecture Title

This Fleeting Life: The Seasonal Ecology of California Vernal Pools

Seasonal (temporary) freshwater ecosystems are important worldwide for their support of unique species and ecosystem functions, but they are less studied and understood than permanent water bodies. Temporary waters are especially prevalent in drier regions of the world, including Mediterranean climates like California. These systems, including California vernal pools, cycle between aquatic and terrestrial habitat phases. Consequently, species that occupy each phase must have special adaptations to survive the harsh conditions of the other phase. Each phase has usually been studied in isolation of the other phase (researchers tend to study the aquatic or terrestrial phase) without considering the potential for interactions in time; research in the Kneitel lab is filling this knowledge gap.

Jamie Kneitel, a member of the faculty at Sacramento State since 2004, is a national and international expert on ecology and specifically, the ecology of temporary freshwater ecosystems. His research addresses the environmental factors that influence the biodiversity and functioning of California vernal pools and rock pools. These studies have generated 30 publications, including 23 peer-reviewed articles, three invited reviews for encyclopedias and sourcebooks, and four published letters and book chapters. These highly cited publications were based on research conducted at Sacramento State and nine have undergraduate or graduate students as his co-authors. 

California vernal pools are the focal point of his research program at Sacramento State. Professor Kneitel is an expert in community ecology, and his research has provided the foundation for understanding this ecosystem along with broader implications. He regularly confers with state and federal agencies, as well as non-profit organizations, on the conservation and management of vernal pools. He was also a member of the Mather Stewardship Committee, which helped guide conservation and management for the vernal pools located at Mather Field.

His research has been externally funded through grants, including one from the highly competitive National Science Foundation. This grant, entitled Spatial and Temporal Subsidies in Seasonal Environments, provided support for Dr. Kneitel, along with undergraduate and graduate researchers, to experimentally assess artificial vernal pools on the Sacramento State campus. In addition, he has been awarded grants from regional, state, and federal agencies, including the East Bay Regional Park District, Department of Defense, U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Central Valley Project Conservation Program.

In addition to this external funding, Dr. Kneitel has been awarded several, competitive CSU and/or Sacramento State funds including his selection as a Sacramento State Provost Research Fellow, a Research and Creative Activity Faculty Award recipient, and California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) grantee, to name a few. In 2014, his colleagues selected him as the recipient of the Outstanding Scholarship Award in College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Dr. Kneitel has been recognized on several levels for his excellent scholarly work. He has served at the National Science Foundation as a Panel Member for their Division of Environmental Biology from 2006-2009 and again in 2014. Dr. Kneitel has been invited to give seminars at conferences (e.g., Entomological Society, Ecological Society of America), agencies (e.g., National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife), and departments (e.g., University of Colorado, University of Tennessee). In total, he has given over 60 presentations, with 20 having graduate or undergraduate students as co-authors.

Dr. Kneitel has also been a frequent reviewer and editor for academic journals. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Oecologia, one of the top-tier international ecology journals and for Limnology, a freshwater scientific journal. Lastly, he has served as an expert reviewer for grant applications from ten regional, national, and international funding agencies.

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Warren Smith, Electrical & Electronic Engineering
A Sacramento State Biomedical Engineer: Developing New Monitors to Help Surgery Patients, Doctors, Nurses, and Children


Marcus Marsh, Mathematics and Statistics
Generalizations of the Brouwer Fixed Point Theorem


David Madden, English
One Scholar’s Odyssey: Research at the CSU


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Robert Brady, Art
Body-Language and Enchantment


José J. Granda, Mechanical Engineering
Modeling and Simulation Technologies for Understanding the International Space Station and Airplanes of the Future


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The Small, The Mighty, The Exotic: A View into Nuclear Physics


Craig A. Kelley, Marketing
Click, Click, Clack: Lessons Learned from the E-Marketing Experience


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Information Technology, Concurrent Design, and Continuous Improvement: Techniques for Global Competitiveness


Nick Trujillo, Communication Studies
Taking Sports and Sex Seriously


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William Lovitt, Philosophy
Martin Heidegger on Art and Technology


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Anthony M. Platt, Social Work
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Design and Synthesis of Polymers Through Analysis of Structure—Property Relationship


Donald E. Hall, Physics
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Mary E. Giles, Humanities
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Changing Trends in Achievement Motivation in Japanese and American Students


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The Meaning of Truth


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Some Energy Alternatives for the Eighties and Beyond


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Transient Poet


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Why Not Research?


Robert L. Curry, Economics
Bloodbath in Southern Africa: Can it be Avoided?


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Basic Ideas and Applications of Topology


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Biomedical Engineering: The Case for ­Interdisciplinary Dialogue


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Joan Hoff Wilson, History
Herbert Hoover: Hero of the New Left?


Rebecca P. Parkin, English
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Ian P. McGreal, Philosophy
Puritan and Primitive: The Divided American


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Allocation of Water for Water Quality Control


Richard W. Fish, Chemistry
Description of Research in ­Organometallic Chemistry


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Design of Prosthetic Heart Valves


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The Structure of Education in Germany: A Comparison with California


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The Intellectual Game


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Parasitism, Parasites and Research


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