Do you know a faculty member who deserves to be recognized for their teaching efforts? If so, here is your opportunity to honor that faculty member by nominating them for the John Dizikes Teaching Award in Humanities. The Division of Humanities initiated a distinguished teaching award, beginning in 2002, to be awarded every Spring Quarter thereafter. This award honors Professor Emeritus of American Studies John Dizikes, and his powerful ability to inspire and engage generations of students.

The award will be for excellent teaching by a Humanities Division Lecturer, SOE Lecturer, or a ladder rank faculty member.

The award will be in the amount of $3,000 to be paid to the faculty member. In addition, the faculty member will select an undergraduate student with sophomore or junior standing (with preference given to an undergraduate student majoring in a Humanities field) to receive a $3,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be named for the faculty award recipient.

All current students and faculty are welcome to submit initial nominations to the faculty member’s home department. Each department is eligible to submit one nomination from among these for further consideration.

How to Nominate a History Instructor

1. Review the award announcement (PDF).

2. Complete the nomination form (PDF).

3. Write a one-page (maximum) narrative discussing the qualifications of the nominee (See "Writing The Narrative" below for complete instructions).

4. Submit the completed nomination form and the one-page narrative to the History Department office by April 2nd, 2012.

Writing The Narrative

When writing the narrative, be sure to address the candidate’s ability to:

arouse curiosity in students;

encourage high standards;

stimulate students to original and rigorous work;

Other criteria may include:

effectiveness in creating an academic environment that is open and encouraging to all students;

ability to relate the subject to other fields of knowledge;

dedication to the guidance and mentoring of students.

Timeline

April 2 - Nominations due to the department chairs/managers
April 16 - Departments forward their recommendations to the Dean's Office
April 23 - Faculty Teaching Award announced; scholarship winner selected
May 3 - Spring Awards Event; award and scholarship presentations

Award History

The Division of Humanities initiated a distinguished teaching award, beginning in Spring 2002, to be awarded every Spring thereafter. This award honors Professor Emeritus of American Studies John Dizikes, and his powerful ability to inspire and engage generations of students.

Past Award Recipients:

2002 Bruce Thompson – Lecturer in History
2003 Gail Hershatter – Professor of History
2004 Jocelyn Hoy – Lecturer in Philosophy and Feminist Studies
2005 Gildas Hamel – SOE Lecturer in Language Studies
2006 Jaye Padgett – Professor of Linguistics
2007 Chris Connery – Professor of Literature
2008 Jody Greene - Associate Professor of Literature
2009 Cynthia Polecritti - Professor of History
2010 Daniel Selden - Professor of Literature
2011 Jorge Hankamer - Professor of Linguistics

In addition to the $3,000 award, each recipient will have the honor of selecting a Sophomore or Junior student who will receive a $3,000 scholarship in their name.

Past Scholarship Recipients:

Shelby Polakoff – 2002 Bruce Thompson Scholarship
Joshua Townsend – 2003 Gail B. Hershatter Scholarship
Nathalie Yonga – 2004 Jocelyn B. Hoy Scholarship
Andrew P. Zawislanski – 2005 Gildas Hamel Scholarship
Gilad Gressel – 2006 Jaye Padgett Scholarship
Kenan Sharp – 2007 Chris Connery Scholarship
Rocio Claudia Osuna - 2008 Jody Greene Scholarship
Cynthia Thickpenny - 2009 Cynthia Polecritti Scholarship
Patrick Stange - 2010 Daniel Selden Scholarship
Matilda Morrison - 2011 Jorge Hankamer Scholarship