University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty

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Congratulations to Dr. Maureen Smith, the 2017-18 Recipient of the University Award for Senior Faculty!

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 Awardee: Dr. Maureen Smith

Maureen Smith, Recipient of the 2017-18 University Award for Senior FacultyThe University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty was established in 1961. 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. This year's recipient is Dr. Maureen Smith, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. Dr. Smith is the 54th recipient of this award.

Lecture Title: Postcards from the Edge: Sport Statues as Cultural Signposts to America’s Struggle with Diversity

Lecture Abstract: Last month, Fox commentator Laura Ingraham admonished NBA star LeBron James for talking politics; in an ESPN interview, James had criticized Donald Trump as someone who doesn’t understand the people. Ingraham told her viewers, “It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. Keep the political comments to yourself…shut up and dribble.” Ingraham’s comments echo those made by many Americans, who see athletes as apolitical figures who should stick to their sports. The recent wave of political activism by athletes, in many respects led by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his refusal to stand for the national anthem, remind us that sport is a highly political and contested terrain, despite the desires of Ingraham and others desires to the contrary. 

The nexus of sports and civil rights has a long history in the United States. Representing a season of golden anniversaries, 2018 marks 50 years since the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr and Robert Kennedy. It concurrently highlights 1968 as a historical marker for a shift in political consciousness and expression by Black athletes. With over 30 protests on college campuses led by Black athletes, and the Olympic victory protest by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, 1968 serves as one entry point for the current sport-civil rights zeitgeist. How contemporary Americans share public memories of sport and civil rights in the late 1960s manifests itself in our current dialogues around the intersection of sports and civil rights. Moreover, recent constructions of statues commemorating African American athletes who protested in the late 1960s remind us of the multiple and often complicated ways that the past is actively used in the contemporary effort to reframe the narrative of sport, civil rights, and race in the United States.

Biography: Maureen M. Smith, a sport historian and professor, joined the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science at Sacramento State in 1995. She is also the Sacramento State NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative and works in the Student Athlete Resource Center as an advisor and mentor. While the bulk of Smith’s intellectual work has focused on the experiences of African American athletes in post-World War II America, she has varied and eclectic research interests and has published articles on other topics that include: South Africa and the Olympic movement, gender equity in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, big wave surfing, media representations of athletes, methodological topics, and material culture, specifically sport statues and monuments, her current book project. Smith has published in nine different journals and authored/co-authored twenty book chapters. On the topic of sport statues, Smith has published and made peer-reviewed presentations and keynote addresses at national and international venues. Her work in this area is widely recognized and timely given conversations at the national level about the role of statues as representation of history. Examining sport statues allows Smith to continue to use interdisciplinary approaches and materials to better understand America’s public memory around the complicated legacies of athletes and coaches. These sporting statues, objects that we comingle within public spaces, indicate our culture’s values and ideologies in tangible and meaningful ways. Smith’s focus on sport statues is simply one effort to better understand the multiple ways we and/the public makes sense of the past in the present.

One of Smith’s major intellectual contributions to the field of sport history, (Re)Presenting Wilma Rudolph, a monograph co-authored with Rita Liberti at Cal State East Bay, won the North American Society for Sport History Book Award in 2015. As an interdisciplinary meta-history, the book has been lauded by Smith’s peers in sport history, sport sociology, history, and American Studies for using often ignored sources to illustrate the complexity of public memory as well as the nature of historical inquiry. 

Smith teamed with Liberti to co-edit San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics, Recreation, and Community (University of Arkansas Press, 2017). Smith co-edited a second collection in 2017, More Than Cricket and Football: International Sport and the Challenge of Celebrity (University Press of Mississippi) with Joel Nathan Rosen. Smith is a member of the research team at the Women’s Sports Foundation, specifically co-authoring four (with a fifth in process) Olympic and Paralympic reports on gender equity. In 2018, Smith was named as a faculty affiliate with San Jose State’s Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change, and is an invited consultant scholar with the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC on an exhibit on the federal government’s use of sport as a means to promote American ideals athletes and the ways athletes use of sport as a platform for social justice.

Internationally, Smith is a respected scholar, delivering keynote addresses in Germany, Canada, Korea, and Brazil, as well as workshops in Germany and China. Smith’s role as the former president of the North American Society for Sport History and vice president of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport provides her with a platform from which to connect with her peers around the globe. She is on the editorial board of the European Journal for Sport and Society and was recently selected as editor of the Journal of Sport History, the top journal in the field of sport history. 

Smith was awarded a Postgraduate Research Grant with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Ken Doherty Memorial Fellowship with USA Track and Field and the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles, and was the recipient of a summer fellowship with the National Endowment of the Humanities. Smith was honored with the Distinguished Sports Industry Leadership Award by Ithaca College, her alma mater, in 2010, and was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology in 2015. 

Past Award Recipients

2016-2017

Jamie Kneitel, Biological Sciences
This Fleeting Life: The Seasonal Ecology of California Vernal Pools
Lecture Abstract and Biography

2015-2016

Rafael Escamilla, Physical Therapy
Elbow Biomechanics and Elbow Injuries in Youth and Professional Baseball Pitchers: Is it an epidemic and why?
Lecture Abstract and Biography

2014-2015

Douglas Rice, English
The Sweet, Sweet Ecstasy of Desire's Broken Breath
Lecture Abstract and Biography

2013-2014

No award given

2012-2013

Necmi Karagozoglu, Business Administration
Dark Side of Humanity and Neuroscience
Lecture Abstract and Biography

2011-2012

No award given

2010-2011

Robert W. Wassmer, Public Policy and Administration
The Recent Pervasive External Effects of Residential Home Foreclosure in the Sacramento Area
Lecture Abstract and Biography

2009-2010

Ernest E. Uwazie, Criminal Justice, 
The ADR-Peace Education Nexus in Africa Conflict Discourses: Lessons and Opportunities

2008-2009

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

2007-2008

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

2006-2007

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

2005-2006 

No award given

2004-2005

Robert Brady, Art
Body-Language and Enchantment

2003-2004

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

2002-2003

Edward F. Gibson, Physics and Astronomy
The Small, The Mighty, The Exotic: A View into Nuclear Physics

2001-2002

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

2000-2001

Thomas Tien-I Liu, Mechanical Engineering
Information Technology, Concurrent Design, and Continuous Improvement: Techniques for Global Competitiveness

1999-2000

Nick Trujillo, Communication Studies
Taking Sports and Sex Seriously

1998-1999

Mark M. Hennelly, Jr., English
Framing the Gothic: From Pillar to Post-Structuralism

 

 

 

1997-1998

William Lovitt, Philosophy
Martin Heidegger on Art and Technology

1996-1997

Arthur H. Williamson, History
Meet the Beast: The Apocalypse in the Making and Unmaking of the Modern World—From Jesus to Reagan and Applewhite

1995-1996

Anthony M. Platt, Social Work
'The Land That Never Has Been Yet’: U.S. Race Relations at the Crossroads

1994-1995

Paul N. Goldstene, Government:
Science, Technology, and Promises Broken: The Current Politics of Cynicism

1993-1994

Alexandre Kimenyi, Ethnic Studies
Iconicity of Language

1992-1993

M. Hossein Partovi, Physics
Of Time, Uncertainty, Chaos and the Sound of Light

1991-1992

William A. Dorman, Journalism
The Press and Global Conflict: Beyond the Cold War

1990-1991

Irv Faria, Physical Education
Physiological Determinants of Human Performance

1989-1990

Dennis Schmitz, English
Poetry as Re-search

1988-1989

Sue (Chung Sul Youn) Kim, Chemistry
Design and Synthesis of Polymers Through Analysis of Structure—Property Relationship

1987-1988

Donald E. Hall, Physics
The Shaping of Science By Communication, Technology, and Imagination

1986-1987

Mary E. Giles, Humanities
The Ecstatic Scholar

1985-1986

John W. Connor, Anthropology
Changing Trends in Achievement Motivation in Japanese and American Students

1984-1985

Mary Mackey, English
The Past Recaptured: Time From a Novelist’s Perspective

1983-1984

Miklos Udvardy, Biological Sciences
Biogeography and Biological Conversation

1982-1983

John van Gigch, Management
The Meaning of Truth

and

Fausto Avendano, Foreign Languages
The American Immigrant Experience: The Case of the Portuguese Immigrant as Seen Through ­Literature

1981-1982

Stephen L. Harris, Humanities
The Fires Next Time: Learning to Live With Our Western Volcanoes

 1980-1981

Frederick Reardon, Mechanical Engineering
Some Energy Alternatives for the Eighties and Beyond

 

1979-1980

William Allen, Art
Transient Poet

1978-1979

Lester H. Gabriel, Civil Engineering
Why Not Research?

1977-1978

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

1976-1977

Eugene B. Redmond, English
Origins of Afro-American Ritual Expression: Or, in Search of the Soular System

and

Charles L. Hagopian, Mathematics and Statistics
Basic Ideas and Applications of Topology

1975-1976

Albert Cook, Electrical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering: The Case for ­Interdisciplinary Dialogue

1974-1975

No award given

1973-1974

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

1972-1973

Rebecca P. Parkin, English
Utopian Vision and Political Expedience: Alexander Pope’s ‘Feathered People’ Versus the Hogs of Westphaly

1971-1972

No award given

1970-1971

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

1969-1970

Kenneth Kerri, Civil Engineering
Allocation of Water for Water Quality Control

1968-1969

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

1967-1968

Trevor Davey, Boris Kaufman – Mechanical Engineering
Design of Prosthetic Heart Valves

1966-1967

Rodney Sime, Chemistry
The Structure of Education in Germany: A Comparison with California

1965-1966

Gloria Cline, History
The Hudson’s Bay Company as a Source for North American Research

1964-1965

Irving McKee, English
The Intellectual Game

1963-1964

John Mizelle, Biological Sciences
Parasitism, Parasites and Research

1962-1963

Joseph McGowan, History
History-Myth or Science

1961-1962

Thomas Williams, Anthropology
Custom and Civilization