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Research & Creative Activity Program

RCA Subcommittee

The Research and Creative Activity Awards Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the Faculty Policies Committee (FPC), administers the Research and Creative Activity Awards program, the University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Early-Career Faculty, and the University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty.

20/21 Voting Members
Sadaf Ashtari (Chair) - Business Administration

Vacant- (Vice Chair)

Nickolas Lazaridis- Arts & Letters

Atousa Yazdani- Engineering & Computer Science

Abhijeet Shirsat- Health & Human Services

Johannes Bauer- Natural Sciences & Mathematics

David Giguere- Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies

Vacant- Library

Vacant- At-Large Member

Vacant- Faculty Policies Committee Member

20/21 Non-Voting Members
Adam Rechs- Faculty Senate

Yvonne Harris- Offices of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development

RCA Faculty Awards Program

The purpose of the RCA Awards Program is to support faculty research, scholarly, and creative activity, and to encourage faculty contributions to their disciplines. This program is funded in part through the CSU Chancellor's Office and Academic Affairs. It is administered by the RCA Subcommittee with support from the Offices of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development.

In most cases, award recipients will produce a peer-reviewed and/or discipline or field-specific scholarly outcome, such as an article or manuscript submitted for publication, grant proposal, exhibition, performance, prototype, data collection and/or analysis for a grant proposal or publication, etc. Award recipients must also submit a required project report documenting the results of their work at the conclusion of the funding period.

All Unit 3 faculty are eligible and encouraged to apply (including full-time faculty, part-time faculty, temporary faculty, probationary and tenured faculty, lecturers, coaches, librarians, and counselors, as outlined in the Unit 3 Bargaining Agreement).

The application window for 2022/23 is open through December 2, 2021 at 5pm.

Previous Competitions

RCA Awardees for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

RCA Awardees for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

RCA 2020-2021 Proposal and Award Summary

Award for Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Early-Career Faculty

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

This award was established in 1989 and is given each year to recognize a colleague in the first ten years of their faculty appointment who has made significant contributions to his or her discipline through scholarly activity, research and publication, or creative and artistic endeavors. The award includes $2,500 in professional development funds and three units of release time from the Offices 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 (including tenure and tenure-track appointments at other universities), and must have been employed at Sacramento State for the past three academic years.

Event Program for the 2020-21 University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

The 2020/21 Award Winner

Rodolfo Barniol Duran, Ph.D (Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy)

Dr. Rodolfo Barniol Duran is a theoretical astrophysicist. His research focuses on High Energy Astrophysics, particularly gamma-ray bursts, compact objects, plasma astrophysics and jet physics. Dr. Barniol Duran is the recipient of the 2020-2021 University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Early-Career Faculty. At this event, Dr. Barniol Duran will be giving a lecture entitled "From Black Holes to Fireworks: Understanding Astrophysical Jets".

Award for Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activity for Sr. Faculty

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

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 $2,500 in professional development funds and three units of release time from the Offices 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.

Event Program for the 2020-21 University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

The 2020/21 Award Winner

Hakan Ozcelik, Ph.D (Professor of Management and Organizations)

Dr. Hakan Ozcelik is a Professor of Management in the College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of British Columbia, in Canada; and earned a double‐major degree in Management and Political Science, and an MBA from Bogazici University, in Turkey. He studies emotions in organizational life, focusing on topics such as workplace loneliness, discrete emotions, surface acting, leadership, emotional climate, decision-making, cross-cultural communication, well-being, organizational neuroscience, and utilizing film-making to analyze work emotions. Dr. Ozcelik is the recipient of the 2020-2021 University Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity for Senior Faculty, At this event, Dr. Ozcelik will be giving a lecture entitled "Sensing the Elephant: Workplace Loneliness Research Stream".