Excellence in Teaching Awards

Each year the Committee on Teaching selects faculty to receive Excellence in Teaching Awards. Given in spring, the awards honor UCSC instructors who have demonstrated exemplary and inspiring teaching. Nominations are first submitted by students and then narrowed down by the committee for further consideration. Each finalist is asked to submit a statement of teaching philosophy, and a letter of support is solicited from the Department Chair. The committee looks for evidence that the nominee has thought deeply about teaching and learning and effectively applies that thinking in the classroom.

In 2016-17 COT received over 500 nominations for 100 instructors and selected seven to receive teaching awards, including the Ron Ruby Award, awarded to a faculty in the Physical and Biological Sciences Division. The committee is pleased to announce the following winners:

  • Subhas Desa, Technology Management
  • Andrew Fisher, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Baldo Marinovic, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Leta Miller, Music
  • Ruth Murray-Clay, Astronomy & Astrophysics - Ron Ruby Award 
  • Kiva Silver, Writing Program
  • John Tamkun, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology

Courtesy of UCSC NewsCenter: Awards spotlight commitment to teaching