Academic Senate Faculty Awards

The Faculty Awards are presented annually by the Academic Senate.

*Please note that the Academic Senate Faculty Award name changes and the addition of the Academic Senate Special Award are pending approval by the Academic Senate. Nominations for the awards may still be submitted at this time.

Academic Senate Senior Faculty Award for Research
(Formerly: Distinguished Faculty Award for Research)

The recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Research should be members of the Academic Senate who have made a significant contribution through research that has had a major impact on the discipline, either through a career-long record of contributions, as in the case of some senior professors, or through an influential/germinal contribution regardless of rank. The Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Research has historically been awarded to faculty at above scale and high steps within the full professor rank.

Academic Senate Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research
(Formerly: Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research)

The Distinguished Mid-Range Faculty Award for Research should be awarded to mid-range professors (Associate Professor through Professor V) who have made outstanding contributions in their discipline through their research.

Academic Senate Early-Career Faculty Award for Research
(Formerly: Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research)

The Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research should be awarded to Assistant Professors who have made outstanding contributions in their discipline through their research.

Academic Senate Faculty Award for Teaching
(Formerly: Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching)

The recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Teaching should be members of the Academic Senate who have made significant contributions to the educational mission of the campus through distinguished teaching or have otherwise been conspicuously effective in making the substance and excitement of his/her discipline at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional levels. The Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award for Teaching has been awarded to individuals at the level of full or associate professor.

Academic Senate Early-Career Faculty Award for Teaching
(Formerly: Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching)

The Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching should be awarded to Assistant Professors who have made extra-ordinary contributions to teaching or have otherwise been conspicuously effective in making the substance and excitement of their discipline available to students. The Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Teaching has been awarded to individuals at the level of Lecturer with PSOE through Assistant Professor.

Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Faculty Award for Distinguished University Service
(Formerly: Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Distinguished University Service Award)

The recipients of the Distinguished University Service Award should be awarded to faculty above Professor Step V who are respected scholars, and, who, at some point in their careers, have made outstanding contributions of service to the University of California.  An outstanding contribution is not defined simply as having served on a large number of Senate Committees, although such may be one of the factors.  It is defined as service which leads to the betterment of the academic and/or personal lives of large segments of the University community.

Academic Senate Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service
(Formerly: Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service)

The recipients of the Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Service should be awarded to mid-range professors (Associate Professor I through Professor V) who have made outstanding contributions of University and public service. (For a more detailed description of service, see Academic Personnel Manual 210. d. (4) University and Public Service.)

Academic Senate Faculty Award for Mentorship
(Formerly: Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentorship)

The recipients of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentorship should be awarded to faculty who have made outstanding contributions through mentoring of students or other faculty that takes place outside of a traditional teaching or research relationship and beyond their formal advising duties. This award will recognize mentoring activities that are not accompanied by additional financial compensation. Special consideration will be given to mentoring junior faculty; mentoring with the intent to address gender equity and ethnic diversity; and altruistic mentoring.

Academic Senate Special Award 

The Academic Senate Special Award will recognize the exceptional efforts of faculty who have made unusual contributions in a specific topical area of importance to the core values of the University of California Irvine. This award will have an annual theme, selected by the Committee on Scholarly Honors and Awards. The theme will be defined to encourage nomination of faculty from a wide range of disciplines. As part of the Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Awards, the Committee on Scholarly Honors and Awards will invite members of the Irvine Division to nominate members for the award.

For more information on the Academic Senate Special Award theme please visit Academic Senate Special Award Theme.