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The Award

The annual William T. and Charlotte N. Hagan Young Scholar/Artist Award recognizes an individual who has made out- standing recent achievements in research or creativity. The award is named in honor of William T. Hagan, Ph.D., an eminent scholar specializing in the history of the American Indian. Arriving in 1965 and retiring in 1988, he served as history department chairperson and as acting vice president for Academic Affairs. He was awarded a SUNY Distinguished Professorship at State University of New York at Fredonia. Dr. Hagan is honored for his widely-recognized distinguished scholarship, and for personifying for Fredonia's faculty scholarly activity and, in his person, high professional and humane values.

He wrote, among others:

  • The Sac and Fox Indians (University of Oklahoma Press, 1958, 1980),
  • American Indians (University of Chicago Press, 1961, 1979),
  • Indian Police and Judges (Yale University Press, 1966; University of Nebraska Press, 1980),
  • The Indian in American History (American Historical Association, 1971, 1985),
  • United States-Comanche Relations (Yale University Press, 1976), and
  • The Indian Rights Association (University of Arizona Press, 1985).

The award was initiated in 1987 to recognize outstanding professional achievement by a teaching faculty member in research, scholarship, or artistic performance. Only faculty members below the rank of Full Professor are eligible to apply for the Hagan Award and may not concurrently apply for the Kasling Award. There is, however, no age limit for this award. The award is accompanied by an increase of $500 to the recipients base salary.

The recipient of the Hagan Award receives recognition at the Kasling Memorial Lecture held in the fall semester.


All nominating letters, including self-nominating letters, should include a curriculum vitae, as well as an explanation of the scholarly and/or artistic achievements of the nominee. Nominees or their nominators should submit supporting documents, which should include (internal and/or external) letters of recommendation, examples of published work, or materials detailing artistic achievements. Documentation of the quality and the impact of nominees’ research or creative activities, and the venues for such work, is extremely helpful. Letters of recommendation that describe the significance of the nominee’s professional accomplishments are also extremely helpful. These may be written by a departmental colleague or other persons in the profession familiar with the nominee’s work and its significance. (Please note: It is not required that the department chair be one of the letter writers, and no extra significance will be conferred upon letters written by chairs.)

To apply contact Dawn Eckenrode in the PDC to set up an e-dossier using Google Sites/Drive. This allows you to link to and submit your documents electronically. If applicable, separate recommendation letters should be sent to: the Kasling Committee, c/o Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The deadline varies, but it is usually in March/April every year.

Hagan Recipients

  • 2024 - Dr. Courtney Wigdahl-Perry, Biology / Dr. Wentao Cao, Geology & Environmental Sciences
  • 2023 - Dr. Eliran Avni, School of Music
  • 2022 - Dr. Thomas Hegna, Geology and Environmental Sciences
  • 2021 - Dr. Nick Weiser, School of Music / Dr. Jill Reese, School of Music
  • 2020 - Dr. Michael Dunham, Physics
  • 2019 - Dr. Juan de Urda Anguita, World Languages and Cultures
  • 2018 - Dr. Lei Huang, Business Administration
  • 2017 - Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck, English
  • 2016 - Dr. Natalie Gerber, English
  • 2015 - Dr. Scott A. Medler, Biology
  • 2014 - Dr. Christian Bernhard, Music
  • 2013 - Dr. Timothy Frerichs, Visual Arts and New Media
  • 2012 - Dr. David Kinkela, History
  • 2011 - Dr. Kate Mahoney, Language, Learning and Leadership
  • 2010 - Dr. Ingrid Johnston-Robledo, Psychology / Dr. Natasha Farny, Music
  • 2009 - Dr. Niel Feit, Philosophy
  • 2008 - Dr. Jonathan Titus, Biology
  • 2007 - Janet Sung, School of Music
  • 2006 - Dr. William Brown, Biology
  • 2005 - Kevin J. McMahon, Political Science
  • 2004 - Dr. Michael Jabot, Curriculum and Instruction / Dr. Aimee Nezhukumatathil, English
  • 2003 - Dr. Stephen Kershnar, Philosophy
  • 2002 - Richard Marchand, Mathematical Sciences
  • 2001 - Markus Vink, History
  • 2000 - John Arthos, Communication
  • 1999 - Nancy R. Psychology
  • 1998 - Dr. Efrain J. Ferrer, Physics / James P. Piorkowski, Music
  • 1997 - Julie L. Newell, School of Music
  • 1996 - Dr. Vivian F. Incera, Physics
  • 1995 - Dr. Daniel A. Jelski , Chemistry
  • 1994 - Dr. Andrea Raspini, Physics / Alberto Rey, Visual Arts and New Media
  • 1993 - Grant Cooper, Music / Lawrence J. Maheady, Curriculum and Instruction
  • 1992 - Dr. Michael P. Grady, Physics
  • 1991 - Raymond A. Belliotti, Philosophy
  • 1990 - Tamara P. Thornton, History
  • 1989 - Dr. Gary G. Lash, Geosciences
  • 1988 - Dr. John A. Hansen, Economics
  • 1987 - Dr. Randall R. Dipert, History

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