Research Achievement Award

Established in 2022–23 by Dean Sarah Mustillo, the Arts & Letters Research Achievement Award is bestowed on one member of the tenured faculty in the College who has demonstrated outstanding and significant scholarly achievement. The ideal candidate will have a strong and sustained record of scholarly accomplishment, distinguished by an exceptional publication record and corresponding evidence of disciplinary impact. This faculty member should consistently demonstrate extraordinary innovation or creativity, leadership in their field, and engagement with Notre Dame’s research and educational mission. To be eligible for nomination, the individual must have been on the faculty at Notre Dame for at least 5 consecutive years.

Nomination process

One nomination per department, submitted by the department chairperson. Departments may develop their own procedures to determine their nominee. Students and faculty may not independently submit nominations.


Sept. 19, 2022 — Nominations open. Each department may put forward one nominee. Initial nominations should include the faculty member's CV and a paragraph briefly stating why the nominee was chosen relative to the selection criteria. 

Oct. 14, 2022 — Deadline to submit paragraphs and CVs to the dean's office. 

Oct. 25, 2022 — Selection committee meets to review chairs’ nominees and creates a shortlist of 3 to 4 finalist candidates. 
Oct. 31, 2022 — Relevant chairs will be asked to prepare full nomination packets for finalist candidates (2-page letter of nomination, updated CV). 

Jan. 23, 2023 — Full nomination packets from chairs due back to Dean’s office.
Feb. 21, 2023 — Selection committee chooses a winner.
Feb. 27, 2023 — Winner notified and invited to present brief remarks at the spring faculty meeting

May 2, 2023 — Award presentation at the College's annual spring faculty meeting