2024 Celebration of Teaching Nominations

Nominations for the 2024 Celebration of Teaching are now open!

The campus community is invited to nominate individuals to be recognized for their excellence in undergraduate teaching. Please see the award descriptions, eligibility requirements, and link to submit your nominations below.

Nominators are asked to submit the name of the person being nominated as well as a reason for the nomination. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome to submit nominations. Self-nominations are also welcomed. Once nominations are closed, all nominees will be invited to apply for the award. Nominations for the Dean’s Honorees will be solicited directly from the schools. Awardees will be recognized at the 2024 Celebration of Teaching reception which will take place as the culmination of UCI Teach Day on September 19, 2024. Access the nomination form below.

Nominations are due by midnight, Monday, April 1st, 2024.

Please note: Previous award winners will not be eligible to win the same award more than once in a 5-year period.

Award Descriptions

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Dr. De Gallow Professor of the Year

Open to all Senate faculty members

Recognizes a faculty member who excels in teaching through the use of particular methods that positively impact diverse student populations.

Lecturer of the Year

Open to all full or part-time Unit-18 lecturers

Recognizes a lecturer who excels in teaching through the use of particular methods that positively impact diverse student populations.

Excellence in Digital Learning Award

Open to faculty of all ranks

Recognizes an instructor who utilizes innovative and effective uses of instructional technology and/or online teaching practices.

Excellence in Pedagogical Development Award

Open to faculty of all ranks

Recognizes an instructor who has spent considerable time and effort engaging in various pedagogical development opportunities. This could include engaging in their own pedagogical development, mentoring graduate students in pedagogy, or facilitating pedagogical development opportunities to colleagues or departments.

The Learning Experience Design and Online Teaching Award

Open to faculty of all ranks

Recognizes an instructor who has devoted tremendous effort to designing an online learning space with digital active learning activities to enhance the student learning experience. This could include faculty who are creatively using the Learning Management System (Canvas) and various external learning tools to deliver an interactive hybrid, flipped, or online course.

Most Promising Future Faculty Award

 Open to all graduate students

Recognizes graduate students who show great promise through their excellence in teaching (as an instructor/TA), research, and service to the department, university, profession, or broader community. Nominees must have advanced to candidacy.

Digital Accessibility Innovator Award

Open to faculty of all ranks

Recognizes a faculty member who has exemplified UCI’s culture of inclusion and accessibility. This includes significantly increasing awareness of digital accessibility on campus, making core campus technology accessible through innovation and direct action, serving as a resource by sharing the latest developments in digital accessibility, or weaving digital accessibility into UCI’s organizational culture through policy creation or administrative action.

Nomination Form

Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome to submit nominations. Self-nominations are also welcome. Once nominations are closed, all nominees will be invited to apply for the award.