The goal of
the UCLA Academic Senate Teaching Award is to increase awareness of
UCLA’s leadership in teaching and public service by honoring individuals
who bring respect and admiration to the scholarship of teaching. By
recognizing teachers for their achievements, the award gives UCLA an
opportunity to demonstrate to the community, alumni, students, parents,
donors and others what makes UCLA “a beacon of excellence in higher
education”. These awards are an effective way to boost morale on campus
and provide role models for faculty and students.
MEMBERS: The UCLA Alumni Association first presented the Distinguished
Teaching Awards in 1961 to Academic Senate members. Traditionally, five
teaching awards have been presented to Senate members by the Alumni
Association. One of these five Senate winners is cited for Distinction
in Teaching at the Graduate Level and another is designated to receive
the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching. In 2004, a sixth award was
implemented to honor an Academic Senate faculty member who has provided
superb mentorship to undergraduate students engaged in research and/or
creative, scholarly projects. The new award was recommended by the Joint
Taskforce on Undergraduate Education in a Research Context.
TEACHING ASSISTANTS: In 1975, the UCLA Office of Instructional
Development (OID) began sponsorship of awards to teaching assistants.
NON-SENATE MEMBERS: In spring of 1985, OID sponsored three more awards
given to instructors who are not Senate members. This category includes
lecturers, adjunct professors and clinical faculty members. The
Committee on Teaching selects all of the award recipients.