Dolphin Award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement by a Member of the Full-Time Faculty:
Christina Tortora, Professor, Department of English
You joined the English faculty at the College of Staten Island in 2002 and you are also a member of the Doctoral faculty at The Graduate Center, CUNY. You received a BA in Linguistics from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, and an MA and PhD in Linguistics from the University of Delaware. Your diverse and wide-ranging research on comparative Romance Languages, non-standard English and Italian dialects, and linguistic theory continue to break new ground, and have earned you a much-deserved status of being a highly sought-after expert in those fields. You have also made considerable contributions to your field through prolific writings in journals, books chapters, edited volumes, and a much-awaited monograph, as well as through an impressive number of conference publications and invited talks. You, and three of your colleagues, have also received a National Science Foundation research grant for a trail-blazing comparative morpho-syntax of Appalachian English, which has placed CUNY in a leadership position in computational endeavors in linguistics. Beyond your extraordinary research, you are an excellent teacher, and you have performed crucial administrative work, having served as Deputy Chair of the English Department and currently as a member of the Executive Committee of the Linguistics Program at The Graduate Center/CUNY, as well as making significant contributions to the creation of the Strategic Plan’s Strategic Direction 5.
You exemplify CSI’s ideal of an academic and teacher who shines in the field and advances the noble cause of knowledge.