Faculty awards for research in the arts
Author: Suzanne E.W. Gray, College of the Arts
Posted: May 31, 2019

Two College of the Arts professors have received the inaugural Dean’s Council Award For Research, Scholarship & Creativity: Tomás Cotik (Music) and Kristin Lené Hole (Film). 

The $2,000 award, funded by the College of the Arts Dean’s Council through the Dean's Fund for Opportunities and Excellence, recognizes faculty members who demonstrate significant contributions to research, scholarship and/or creative activity at the national or international level. 

“Research is an essential part of the creative process,” says Leroy Bynum, Jr., dean of the College of the Arts. “Through their outstanding scholarship and creative performance, Professors Hole and Cotik contribute mightily to our understanding of the world and humanity’s place within it.”

Tomás Cotik

Assistant Professor Tomás Cotik has released seven new violin recordingsin the past three years, garnering international attention and reviews. Four months after its release, his recording of Mozart’s 16 Sonatas had been streamed over 1.5 million times on Spotify.  

This enthusiastic response speaks to the emotional vibrancy he brings to classical music, both in recordings and live performance. His work is grounded in historical understanding as well. For example, when he recorded Bach’s solo violin works, he used a baroque bow instead of a modern one, bringing a historically informed richness to one of the most challenging works of the violin repertoire.

Noting his active performance schedule and demonstrated commitment to teaching, the selection committee wrote thatCotik “exemplifies an especially compelling combination of concern for the nature of performance and masterful practice.”


Kristin Lené Hole

Assistant Professor Hole is changing the way we think about women in film around the world. 

In the past three years she co-authored a textbook, “Film Feminisms: A Global Introduction,” co-edited an anthology on cinema and gender and published a monograph on the filmmaker Claire Denis. 

In fall 2018, she co-curated a groundbreaking four-part film series at the Northwest Film Center, focusing on feminist experimental film. The series traveled to the esteemed Anthology Film Archives in New York City this spring.

The scope and quality of her research contribute to film curricula not just at PSU but around the world, and her dedication to research, writing and teaching have a profound impact on students at PSU.  

The selection committee noted that Hole “has accomplished a remarkable body of work in a short period of time and has developed a coherent and impressive scholarly agenda that is bringing new energy to the study of feminism in film from a global perspective.”

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