University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Award

The University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards were created in 2018 to recognize Clemson University faculty who have achieved rare career milestones, such as:

  • Receiving the highest level of national or international recognition in their field;
  • Authoring a paper that has received more than 1,000 citations;
  • Expending more than $1 million on research in a fiscal year.

Those earning the URSAAA designation are lifetime members who will be invited to an annual gathering to celebrate scholarship and discovery at Clemson University. Recipients are listed below, along with their URSAAA achievement.

URSAAA Recipients


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    Marco Ajello
    Assistant Professor
    Physics and Astronomy
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Susanna Ashton New Recipient

    Susanna Ashton
    Professor and Chair
    English
    Fulbright Award
    CAAH

  • Todd Anderson

    Todd Anderson
    Assistant Professor
    Art
    Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, November 2017-February 2018
    CAAH

  • Ronald Andrus

    Ronald Andrus
    Professor
    Civil Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

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    Jeffrey N. Anker
    Associate Professor
    Chemistry
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Scott Baier

    Scott Baier
    Chair
    Economics
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoB

  • John Ballato

    John Ballato
    J. E. Sirrine Endowed Chair in Optical Fiber
    Materials Science & Engineering
    Fellow of: The American Ceramic Society; International Society of Optical Engineering; Optical Society of America; Academician in the World Academy of Ceramics; National Academy of Inventors
    CECAS

  • Celeste Bates

    Celeste Bates
    Associate Professor
    Education and Human Development
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CoE

  • Donald Beasley

    Donald Beasley
    Professor
    Mechanical Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Stan Birchfield

    Stan Birchfield
    Adjunct Associate Professor
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • David Blakesley

    David Blakesley
    Professor and Campbell Chair in Technical Communication
    English
    Fellows of the Rhetoric Society of America and awarded the George E. Yoos Distinguished Service Award.
    CAAH

  • Howard Bodenhorn

    Howard Bodenhorn
    Professor
    Economics
    John Simon Guggenheim Fellow​ship in 2008/09.
    CoB

  • Rajendra K. Bordia

    Rajendra K. Bordia
    Chair
    Materials Science & Engineering
    Fellow, American Ceramic Society; Fellow, Indian Institute of Metals; Fellow (Academician), World Academy of Ceramics; Humboldt Senior Scientist Research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany
    CECAS

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    James Bottum
    Research Professor
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CECAS

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    Thomas Britt
    Trevillian Distinguished Professor
    Psychology
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CBSHS

  • David Bruce

    David Bruce
    Chair and Professor
    Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • James Burns

    James Burns
    Chair and Professor
    History
    Fulbright Award winner
    CAAH

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    Vernon Burton
    Professor
    History
    Pew National Fellow Carnegie Scholar (2000-2001)
    CAAH

  • George Chumanov New Recipient

    George Chumanov
    Professor
    Chemistry
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    COS

  • Chris Cole New Recipient

    Christine Cole
    Emeritus Professor
    Materials Science and Engineering
    Expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CECAS

  • Stephen Creager

    Stephen Creager
    Professor
    Analytical Chemistry
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Murray S. Daw

    Murray S. Daw
    R.A. Bowen Professor
    Physics and Astronomy
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

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    Liang Dong
    Professor
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CECAS

  • Andrew Duchowski

    Andrew Duchowski
    Professor
    School of Computing
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Sandip Dutta

    Sandip Dutta
    Lecturer
    Mechanical Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Gerald P. Dwyer

    Gerald P. Dwyer
    Professor and BB&T Scholar
    Economics
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations.The Society of Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics created the “Gerald P. Dwyer Award” in Financial Econometrics in 2008 to honor Dr. Gerald Dwyer’s academic contribution to the Financial Econometrics field.
    CoB

  • Ron Falta New Recipient

    Ron Falta
    Professor
    Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
    John Hem Award for Excellence in Science & Engineering, National Ground Water Association
    CECAS

  • F. Alex Feltus

    F. Alex Feltus
    Associate Professor
    Genetics and Biochemistry
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Richard Figliola

    Richard Figliola
    Alumni Distinguished Professor
    Mechanical Engineering & Bioengineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Rachel Getman New Recipient

    Rachel Getman
    Associate Professor
    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Anand Gramopadhye

    Anand Gramopadhye
    Dean
    College of Engineering, Computing and Aplied Sciences
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CECAS

  • William Haller

    William Haller
    Associate Professor
    Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CBSHS

  • Sarah Harcum New Recipient

    Sarah Harcum
    Professor
    Bioengineering
    Expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CECAS

  • Dieter Hartmann

    Dieter Hartmann
    Professor
    Physics and Astronomy
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Cynthia Haynes

    Cynthia Haynes
    Professor
    English
    Rhetoric Society of America 2017 Annual Book Award
    CAAH

  • Sandra Hedetniemi

    Sandra Hedetniemi
    Professor
    School of Computing
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Stephen Hedetniemi

    Stephen Hedetniemi
    Professor Emeritus
    School of Computing
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Doug Hirt New Recipient

    Doug Hirt
    Professor
    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Larry Hodges

    Larry Hodges
    Professor
    School of Computing
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Adam Hoover

    Adam Hoover
    Professor
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Tanju Karanfil

    Tanju Karanfil
    Professor
    Environmental Engineering and Earth Scienices
    Scientific achievement award, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK)
    CECAS

  • Antonis Katsiyannis

    Antonis Katsiyannis
    Alumni Distinguished Professor
    Special Education
    Recipient of the Frederick J Winetraub Outstanding CEC Leadership Award
    CoE

  • William Kettinger

    William Kettinger
    William S. Lee Distinguished Professor
    Management Information Systems
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    Fullbright Award Winner
    CoB

  • Bruce King

    Bruce King
    Professor
    Psychology
    Fellow for three international societies: Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
    CBSHS

  • Miriam Konkel

    Miriam Konkel
    Assistant Professor
    Genetics and Biochemistry
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Robin Kowalski

    Robin Kowalski
    Professor
    Psychology
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CBSHS

  • Stephen Kresovich

    Stephen Kresovich
    Robert and Lois Coker Trustees Endowed Chair of Genetics
    Genetics and Biochemistry; Plant and Environmental Sciences
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million, and publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CAFLS

  • Thomas Kuehn

    Thomas Kuehn
    Professor Emeritus
    History
    National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2003-04; Marraro Prize of the American Historical Association, 2010
    CAAH

  • Michael LeMahieu

    Michael LeMahieu
    Associate Professor
    English
    American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship for 2018-2019
    CAAH

  • Susan Limber

    Susan Limber
    Dan Olweus Distinguished Professor
    Youth, Family and Community Studies
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CBSHS

  • Gordon (Jeff) Love

    Gordon (Jeff) Love
    Research Professor
    Languages
    First member of the Clemson faculty to be selected as a National Humanities Center Fellow.
    CAAH

  • Igor Luzinov

    Igor Luzinov
    Professor
    Materials Science & Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Ken Marcus

    Ken Marcus
    Professor
    Chemistry
    Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (London), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Society for Applied Spectroscopy, and the National Academy of Inventors.
    CoS

  • Russ Marion

    Russ Marion
    Professor
    Educational & Organizational Leadership Development
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoE

  • Joseph P. Mazer

    Joseph P. Mazer
    Associate Professor, Associate Department Chair
    Communication
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CBSHS

  • Bert McCarty

    Bert McCarty
    Professor
    Plant and Environmental Sciences
    Among fewer than 30 individuals worldwide to achieve each of the following: the Fred V. Grau Turfgrass Science Award; and fellowships with Crop Science Society of America and American Society of Agronomy
    CAFLS

  • James McCubbin

    James McCubbin
    Professor
    Psychology
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations. Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and the Society for Behavioral Medicine
    CBSHS

  • Bryan Miller

    Bryan Miller
    Associate Professor
    Criminal Justice
    Fulbright Award winner
    CBSHS

  • Ashok Mishra

    Ashok Mishra
    Assistant Professor
    Civil Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Lee Morrissey

    Lee Morrissey
    Professor
    English
    Fulbright Scholar at the National University of Ireland-Galway, in the 2010-2011 academic year.
    CAAH

  • John Morse

    John Morse
    Professor Emeritus
    Entomology
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CAFLS

  • Andrew Mount

    Andrew Mount
    Associate Professor
    Biological Sciences
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Angela Naimou

    Angela Naimou
    Associate Professor
    English
    2016 Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) Book Prize
    CAAH

  • Amod Ogale

    Amod Ogale
    Dow Chemical Professor
    Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
    Fellow of three societies: Society for Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering; Society of Plastics Engineers; and the American Carbon Society
    CECAS

  • Laura Olson New Recipient

    Laura Olson
    Professor
    Political Science
    Fulbright Award
    CBSHS

  • June J. Pilcher

    June J. Pilcher
    Alumni Distinguished Professor
    Psychology
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations and Fulbright-Freud Visiting Scholar Award and Fulbright Specialist in Public/Global Health.
    CBSHS

  • T. Andrew Poehlman

    T. Andrew Poehlman
    Assistant Professor
    Marketing
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoB

  • Amir Poursaee

    Amir Poursaee
    Associate Professor
    Civil Engineering
    Recipient of Humboldt Research fellowship
    CECAS

  • Brian A Powell

    Brian A Powell
    Professor
    Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CECAS/CoS

  • Samantha A. Price

    Samantha A. Price
    Assistant Professor
    Biological Sciences
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Michael Pursley

    Michael Pursley
    Holcombe Chair
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Apparao Rao

    Apparao Rao
    Associate Dean for Discovery
    College of Science
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Aleda Roth

    Aleda Roth
    Burlington Industries Distinguished Professor
    Management
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoB

  • Phil Roth

    Phil Roth
    Trevillian Distinguished Professor
    Management
    Fellow of the Society for Organizational Psychology and named one of top 100 most prolific researchers in his field by the Academy of Management Learning and Education
    CoB

  • Laxmikant Saraf

    Laxmikant Saraf
    Director
    Electron Microscopy Lab
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    EM Facility

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    Zeki Simsek
    Gressette Chair
    Business Strategy & Planning
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations and named one of top 100 most prolific researchers in his field by the Academy of Management Learning and Education
    CoB

  • Rajendra Singh

    Rajendra Singh
    D. Houser Banks Professor
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Fellow of 4 major societies: International Society for Optics and Photonics; American Association for the Advancement of Science; Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; and ASM International
    CECAS

  • Aga Skrodzka

    Aga Skrodzka
    Associate Professor
    Film & Media Studies
    Fulbright Award winner
    CAAH

  • Mark Small

    Mark Small
    Chair
    Youth, Family and Community Studies
    Fulbright awards in 2004 as a traditional scholar in the Czech Republic; in 2006 as a senior specialist in the Czech Republic; and as a core scholar in Albania from 2015-1017, and publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CBSHS

  • Kerry Smith

    Kerry Smith
    Professor
    Genetics and Biochemistry
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CoS

  • Chad Sosolik

    Chad Sosolik
    Professor
    Physics and Astronomy
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CoS

  • Wayne Stewart New Recipient

    Wayne Stewart
    Professor
    Management
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    COB

  • Steven J. Stuart

    Steven J. Stuart
    Professor
    Chemistry
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Ya-Ping Sun

    Ya-Ping Sun
    Frank Henry Leslie Professor
    Chemistry
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Robert Tamura

    Robert Tamura
    Professor
    Economics
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoB

  • Rhondda Thomas

    Rhondda Thomas
    Calhoun Lemon Professor
    Literature
    National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Research Award recipient and Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellow
    CAAH

  • Lesly Temesvari

    Lesly Temesvari
    Alumni Distinguished Professor
    Biological Sciences
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CoS

  • Jerry Tessendorf

    Jerry Tessendorf
    Professor
    School of Computing
    Received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is a Fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study
    CECAS

  • Sumanta Tewari

    Sumanta Tewari
    Professor
    Physics and Astronomy
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Terry Tritt

    Terry Tritt
    Professor and Chair
    Physics and Astronomy
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoS

  • Jianhua Tong

    Jianhua Tong
    Associate Professor
    Materials Science & Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Brygg Ullmer

    Brygg Ullmer
    Professor
    School of Computing
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Kumar Venayagamoorthy

    Kumar Venayagamoorthy
    Duke Energy Distinguished Professor
    Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • Marek Urban

    Marek Urban
    J.E. Sirrine Foundation Endowed Chair
    Materials Science & Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations and fellowship in the Chemical Heritage Foundation, The Royal Society of Chemistry, and The American Chemical Society (Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Division)
    CECAS

  • Victor J. Vitanza

    Victor J. Vitanza
    Professor Emeritus
    English
    Fellows of the Rhetoric Society of America and awarded the George E. Yoos Distinguished Service Award.
    CAAH

  • Narendra R Vyavahare

    Narendra R Vyavahare
    Hunter Endowed Chair
    Bioengineering
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CECAS

  • Ian Walker New Recipient

    Ian Walker
    Professor
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CECAS

  • J. Craig Wallace New Recipient

    J. Craig Wallace
    Chair
    Management
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    COB

  • Liangjiang Wang New Recipient

    Liangjiang Wang
    Associate Professor
    Genetics and Biochemistry
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    COS

  • Jillian Weise

    Jillian Weise
    Associate Professor
    Creative Writing
    Winner of the Academy of American Poets James Laughlin Award and the BOA Editions Isabella Gardner Award
    CAAH

  • Sarah White

    Sarah White
    Professor
    Plant and Environmental Sciences
    Annual expenditures exceeding $1 million
    CAFLS

  • Paul Wilson

    Paul Wilson
    Professor
    Economics
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    CoB

  • Jack Wolf New Recipient

    Jack Wolf
    Associate Professor
    Finance
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    COB

  • Valerie Zimany

    Valerie Zimany
    Chair and Associate Professor
    Art
    Fulbright Award winner
    CAAH

Former URSAAA members

The following URSAAA recipients have left Clemson University.

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    Jason Osborne
    Former Dean
    Graduate School
    Publication exceeding 1,000 citations
    Grad School