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2015-16 Distinguished Teaching Award

Salim Yaqub - History

Professor Yaqub joined the Department of History at UCSB in 2005 and has served as the Director of the Center for Cold War Studies and International History since 2008. He teaches upper division, lower division, and graduate courses that reflect his areas of specialization in U.S.-Middle East relations, the history of U.S. politics, public policy, and political economy. On teaching philosophy, Professor Yaqub’s overriding objective has been to “help students discover for themselves that studying history is an exciting and absorbing activity.”

A former student shares: “My own career as a historian was inspired by and is supremely indebted to Salim’s instruction.” With Professor Yaqub’s advice and support, the student subsequently earned a doctoral degree from UC Irvine, received an Ernest May postdoctoral fellowship at the Belfer Center at Harvard University, and a postdoctoral fellowship offer at the Dickey Center at Darthmouth College.

Professor Yaqub is also described as “enthusiastic,” “humorous,” and “infectious.” A graduate student in the History Department speaks of Professor Yaqub’s commitment to teaching: “wide array of topics reflected his priority to provide us with a comprehensive reading of the period rather than serve his own research interests.”

Professor Yaqub regularly updates his syllabi and lecture plans, maintaining rigorous standards while keeping students engaged. In addition to his teaching load, he also supervises independent research projects, senior honors theses, public policy theses, and research assistantships.

For his passion and devotion in teaching, Professor Salim Yaqub is awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award. Congratulations!