The Nevada Regents’ Rising Researcher Awards are given annually to four NSHE permanent full-time faculty members; one faculty member from each institution of UNLV, UNR, NSC, and DRI. Awards are based on early-career accomplishments and potential for future advancement and recognition in research. The award carries a $2,000 stipend.

Candidates must be nominated for this honor.

Candidates must be in an assistant professor position, have a strong beginning record of accomplishment during the time of employment with NSHE, and have a record of outstanding research accomplishment that is demonstrable through publications, patents and intellectual property, or grants and contracts at the time of nomination.

Javon Johnson

2021 Recipient

Javon Johnson

Assistant Professor
Director, African American & African Diaspora Studies Program
Department of Interdisciplinary Gender and Ethnic Studies
College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Javon Johnson studies the performances of Blackness on stage, off stage in everyday life, and everywhere in between to examine what those performances communicate to the world. Given the racial reckoning that has taken place across our nation, the Regents Rising Researcher award is especially important to him. He studies Blackness, structural racism, sexism, homophobia, racial capitalism, and the persistent efforts of settler colonialism as a practice, ideology, and a foundation. To have his work recognized during our nation’s racial pandemic elevates the importance of this research and its impact on our society.

Award Timeline

  • Notification sent by Chancellor’s Office to NSHE campuses to begin the nomination process: Late August/Early September
  • Campuses forward nominations to System Office: Early December
  • System Office submits recommendations for award recipients to the Board of Regents: January - February

Composition of NSHE Selection Committee

  • Vice President for Research
  • Appropriate senior research faculty
  • Recommendations shall be presented to the Academic, Research and Student Affairs Committee for final approval.