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Faculty Departmental Recognition Awards

University Awards

The Distinguished Teaching Award is a prestigious award bestowed upon up to five members of the Academic Senate, three non-Senate faculty members, and three graduate students at UC San Diego each year. The Distinguished Teaching Award was created because UC San Diego faculty recognize the important role excellent teaching plays at the University. This Award is a tangible expression of UC San Diego's commitment to excellence in teaching and to ensuring that this commitment is maintained. The Committee on Distinguished Teaching seeks to select those who exhibit creativity, innovative teaching methods, the ability to motivate students to actively seek out knowledge, and an extraordinary level of teaching commitment.

2018-19 Recipient

  • Joel Watson
    Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award, Senate Members

Graduate Faculty Teaching Award 

The Department awards two annual prizes for the best graduate teaching in a core class and in an advanced elective. The recipients are selected by a committee comprised of graduate student representatives.

2018-19 Recipients

  • Jim Hamilton, Graduate Core Course
  • Brendan Beare, Honorable Mention for Graduate Core Course
  • Kaspar Wuthrich, Advanced Elective Course

Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Award

The Department awards annual prizes for the best undergraduate teaching. The recipients are selected by a committee comprised of the department chair and past awardees.

2018-19 Recipients 

  • Joel Watson, Faculty
  • Steve Levkoff, Lecturer

view past recipients in the award archive