2017’s Celebration of Teaching Awards reaffirms UCI’s passionate dedication to excellence in undergraduate teaching — click here to join your host the Center for Engaged Instruction for a beautiful ceremony, and afterwards for a light dessert reception!

As part of the Department of Undergraduate Education, OVPTL tries to highlight the impact our undergraduate instructors make, not just on their students, but on UCI as a whole. Well it’s the 2017 Celebration of Teaching Awards once more, and our anteaters have spoken — with faculty and students nominating those whose campus wide positivity stems from a belief in teaching inclusivity — in practice as well as theory.

The first category of award recipients are handpicked by their respective Deans, and are to be honored alongside the 2015-2016 Pedagogical Fellows selected by the Center for Engaged Instruction. As Deans’ Honorees for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the following recipients are consistently representative of pedagogical progress, leading to student success:

Recipients of the Dean’s Honoree Awards:

  • Claire Trevor School of the Arts – Lonnie Alcaraz
  • Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences – Brandon Gaut
  • Paul Merage School of Business – Zheng Sun
  • School of Education – Rossella Santagata
  • Henry Samueli School of Engineering – David Reinkensmeyer
  • School of Humanities – Emily Baum
  • Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science – Alexander Ihler
  • Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing – Miriam Bender
  • Program in Pharmaceutical Science – Sam Schriner
  • School of Physical Sciences – James Bullock and Michael Cooper
  • School of Social Ecology – Wendy Goldberg
  • School of Social Sciences – Angela Jenks

We put out the word, calling for examples of excellence in the the anteater community, and we got a ZOT of wonderful stories — challenging ourselves to make sure every student’s experience was given the chance to be heard!

Our nominees were then carefully chosen by The Academic Senate Council on Student Experience to be honored by the Center for Engaged Instruction. The following recipients are to be presented with beautifully engraved plaques on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 4:30-6:30 pm, in the University Student Center, Doheny Beach A&B

Recipients of the Competitive Awards:

Professor of the Year; ($1000):

  • Renee Link, Chemistry

Lecturers of the Year; ($1000 ea; co-award):

Teacher’s Aid Professional Development Award; ($1000):

  • Angela Jenks, Anthropology

Instructional Technology Innovation Award; ($1000):

  • Brad Hughes, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Most Promising Future Faculty (1-quarter dissertation fellowship & fee waiver):

  • Christopher Stillwell, Education
  • Leticia Garcia, Drama
  • Leah Zani, Anthropology

Monetary prizes are presented on a departmental basis alongside the Professor of the Year Award, the Lecturer of the Year Award, and the TA Professional Development Award accorded by the Office of the Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning; the Most Promising Future Faculty Award given by the Graduate Division; and the Instructional Technology Innovation Award accorded by the Office of Information Technology.

To attend this year’s award ceremony, please R.S.V.P. to Ms. Brenda Fisher, blfisher@uci.edu, or call (949) 824-6060 no later than May 1, 2017.

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