Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards 2002 - 2004
2004-05 Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards
 
Faculty Research Lecturer Award
 
Professor Evelyn Hu
California NanoSystems Institute

The Faculty Research Lectureship is awarded annually to the faculty member determined to be the most distinguished for research or other creative achievement. Candidates are nominated by their peers, and the final selection is made by an Academic Senate committee consisting of the previous 5 Faculty Research Lecturers. This award is considered to be the highest honor the UCSB faculty can bestow on one of its members.

 
Plous Award
 
Assistant Professor Michael Gurven
Department of Anthropology

The Plous Award was established to honor Harold J. Plous, an Assistant Professor in UCSB's Department of Economics until his untimely death in 1957. The award is presented annually to an Assistant Professor from the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences. Selection is based on outstanding performance and promise as measured by creative action and contribution to the intellectual life of the college community.

 
Distinguished Teaching Award
 
Nancy Collins joined the Department of Psychology in 1999, after two years as a visiting Professor at UCSB. Professor Collins' colleagues regard her as an outstanding scholar, who has made a tremendous impact on both the intellectual life of the Department of and her students. Professor Collins has an ardent following of undergraduate and graduate students who describe her as an incredible teacher and a positive role model. Many students consider her to be the best teacher they have ever had in all their years of education, noting in particular her ability to think critically about and advise students on research, while demonstrating genuine concern for others.

 
Distinguished Teaching Award
 
Since joining UCSB's Women's Studies Program in 1998, Professor Laury Oaks has "awed" and "amazed" students and colleagues with her commitment to and excellence in teaching. Professor Oaks is known for facilitating both graduate and undergraduate research and writing as well as creating a safe space in the classroom for students' to discuss personal and sensitive topics from a variety of perspectives, experiences, and belief systems. Graduate and undergraduate students alike appreciate her enthusiasm and commitment to teaching, commenting on her accessibility and approachability.

 
Distinguished Teaching Award
 
Christopher McAuley
Department of Black Studies

Christopher McAuley has been a professor in the Department of Black Studies since 1995. Professor McAuley has long record of excellent teaching at UCSB that balances his commitment to intellectual history, social change and concern for the campus and global communities. He has a passionate following of graduate and undergraduate students who describe him as "an amazing professor," "awesome," "a great resource," and "one of the best professors I've had at this university." One declares, "he has had a HUGE impact on my life." Students appreciate the way Professor McAuley opens them to new perspectives, and they admire the balance he strives for in his teaching between compassion and conviction.

 
Distinguished Teaching Award
 
Since joining the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB, Professor Kimberly Turner has distinguished herself as a remarkably innovative, dedicated, and engaging teacher. Professor Turner inspires her students to accomplish more than they imagined possible, from succeeding in demanding lower-division engineering courses to entering competitive graduate programs to winning awards for their research and submitting patents for their original engineering designs.

 
Distinguished Teaching Award
 
Since joining the UCSB Computer Science Department of in 2001, Rich Wolski has been an outstanding mentor and teacher of undergraduates and graduates alike. Although Rich's core courses are among the most challenging in the Department of - they invariably receive the harshest criticism from Computer Science students - his evaluations have always reached a consistently high standard, a mark of both his professional and didactic talents and dedication to student learning.

 
Non-Senate Academic Award
 
Cynthia Felando
Department of Film Studies

Since Cynthia Felando joined the Department of Film Studies in 2000, she has been highly esteemed by both her colleagues and students. Professor Felando's students consistently express their appreciation for her expertise and passion for film. One student comments, "Her knowledge of film, film history, and film theory is astonishing. Her enthusiasm for what she is teaching is contagious." Colleagues of Professor Felando offer similar praise, with observations such as "students rave about her classes, her deep knowledge of the field and often line the halls waiting to speak to her."

 
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
 
Sarah Battersby
Department of Geography

One of Sarah's former students reflects: "Unbeknownst to her, she played the pivotal role in my UCSB experience and was the signature catalyst for my current professional success. . . . Before I attended . . .a lab with Sarah, I felt lost academically, aimlessly taking classes without much thought. . . . My first class with Sarah was like a shot in the arm and I have never looked back since. . . . Sarah put me to task, challenging me to go beyond the confines of the labs and explore my scientific desires." Sarah has left a lasting impact on the lives of many of her students, who attribute their success at UCSB and beyond directly to their experiences in her lab. We are pleased to select Sarah Battersby as this year's recipient of an Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

 
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
 
It is clear that Chris connects with students in an exceptional way, helping them to succeed even when they have experienced past failures. One student writes: "I had a real hard time succeeding at mathematics before I met Chris Pavone. . . . I was so ashamed of my math skills that I would never ask any questions until I noticed how approachable Chris was. . . . With several of Chris' methods, I went from completely failing calculus…to understanding and passing the class." His students clearly understand that he expects no less than 100% from them, and they know that he will provide the individualized attention necessary to help them achieve greater success than they may have ever experienced.

 
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
 
As one student writes about Evelyn Wade, "Not only was Evelyn a fantastic TA in terms of presenting material, but it was impossible to not be excited and motivated about German when she cared so much about her students' individual progress." Both professors and students alike recognize that Evelyn is a star even among many good Teaching Assistants. For incorporating energy and compassion into her teaching, and for striving to open up new worlds of knowledge for her students, we are pleased to select Evelyn Wade as this year's recipient of an Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

 
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
 
Christopher Wright
Department of History

One of Christopher Wright's History students recalls, "From the moment I walked into his class until the very last moment of our final, I felt like my TA was in my corner, ready to help and sincerely devoted to my success." Faculty and students alike attest to the fact that Christopher Wright has mastered the art of challenging and encouraging students as he guides them on pathways toward deeper analytical thought. For his success in helping students to strive for and appreciate new levels of learning, we are pleased to select Christopher Wright as this year's recipient of an Academic Senate Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

2006-07
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  • 2005-06
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  • 2004-05
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  • 2003-04
  • Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards

  • Photos from the Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards Reception


  • 2002-03
  • Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards

  • Photos from the Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards Reception


  • 2001-02
  • Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards

  • Photos from the Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards Reception


  • 2000-01
  • Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards

  • Photos from the Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards Reception


  • 1999-00
  • Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Award

  • Photos from the Distinguished Faculty and Teaching Assistant Awards Reception


  • Previous Faculty Research Lecturers Award Winners (prior to 1999)
  • Previous Plous Award Winners (prior to 1999)

  • Previous Distinguished Teaching Award Winners (prior to 1999)


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