Celebration of Teaching



UCI honors some of its outstanding instructors at the 2017 Celebration of Teaching.
Founded in 1992, to date over 300 professors, lecturers, and TAs have been recognized by their colleagues and students for exemplary teaching.

2017 Celebration of Teaching

Thursday, May 4, 2017
4:30-6:30 pm, University Student Center, Doheny Beach A&B.
For more information and nomination forms: link

Recipients of the Competitive Awards:

Professor of the Year;

Lecturers of the Year;

Teaching Assistant Professional Development Award;

Instructional Technology Innovation Award;

Most Promising Future Faculty

Recipients of the Dean’s Honoree Awards:


There are two categories of awards presented, the first of which is the Campuswide Awards. Recipients are selected by members of the Academic Senate Council on Student Experience and members of the groups providing the monetary awards. Selections are based on campuswide nominations from peers, colleagues, and students.

The second category of awards are for those selected by their Deans as Deans’ Honorees for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the 2015-2016 Pedagogical Fellows selected by the Division of Teaching Excellence & Innovation.

2016 Awardees

Professor of the Year

Keith Murphy
Anthropology, School of Social Sciences


Lecturer of the Year

Amanda Holton
Chemistry, School of Physical Sciences


Instructional Technology Innovation (Co-Award)

Marcelo Wood
Neurobiology & Behavioral Sciences, Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences

Mathew Beckmann
Political Science, School of Social Sciences


Most Promising Future Faculty Members 

Sharon Shenhav
Psychology & Social Behavior, School of Social Ecology


TA Professional Development Award

Julie Ferguson
Earth System Science, School of Physical Science


School Honorees:

Prof. Sandy Irani, Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Science

Prof. Grant MacGregor, Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences

Prof. Drew Bailey, School of Education

Prof. Yuqing Guo, Program in Nursing Science

Prof. Nancy da Silva, Henry Samueli School of Engineering

Prof. Belinda Campos, School of Social Sciences

Prof. Jayne Lewis, School of Humanities

Prof. Veronica Vieira, Program in Public Health

Prof. German Andres Enciso Ruiz, School of Physical Sciences

Prof. Keramet Reiter, School of Social Ecology

Prof. Zheng Sun, Paul Merage School of Business

Prof. Jesse Colin Jackson, Claire Trevor School of the Arts


Pedagogical Fellows:

Pedagogical Fellows are mentor TAs who develop and implement the campus-wide TA Professional Development Program and who offer training workshops throughout the year for their peers.  They will also be recognized at the ceremony for their contributions to quality undergraduate education:

School of Physical Sciences

 Henry Samueli School of Engineering

School of Humanities

 School of Social Ecology

School of Social Sciences

Program in Nursing Science

Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences

 Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences

School of Education

Claire Trevor School of the Arts



For an alphabetical listing of former award recipients, click here.