University of California, Riverside

Academy of Distinguished Teachers



The Academy of Distinguished Teachers was founded in 2005 to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding teachers among the UCR faculty and to provide a range of services to help other UCR faculty members to improve their work in the classroom.    The guiding philosophy of the Academy is that the campus succeeds only to the extent that its seeks excellence in teaching, research, and service.  Efforts to develop teaching excellence are particularly important in research universities, where so much professional recognition depends on research accomplishments.  

Members of the Academy serve as teaching mentors for new faculty and contribute to the culture of teaching by organizing and taking part in seminars, colloquia, and workshops. The Academy designs and produces the Scholarship of Teaching seminars.  It also reviews teaching-related initiatives and grant proposals from members of the campus community.  The Office of Undergraduate Education provides administrative support for and oversight of the Academy.  The Academy serves as an advisory group to the Provost on issues related to teaching excellence.   Please explore this website to find Academy-sponsored events and Academy services that are relevant to your pursuit of excellence in the classroom.

The current members of the Academy are: Wendy Ashmore (Anthropology), Steven G. Axelrod (English), Ward Beyermann (Physics and Astronomy), Gabriela Canalizo (Physics and Astronomy), Carl Cranor (Philosophy), Subir Ghosh (Statistics), George Haggerty (English), Bradley Hyman (Biology), Goldberry Long (Creative Writing), Timothy D. Paine (Entomology), Karen Pyke (Sociology), and Susan Wessler (Botany and Plant Sciences).  Those appointed to the Academy serve three-year terms and receive an annual stipend.   Appointments are made by a vote of current members from among those qualified as recipients of either the Senate’s Distinguished Teaching Award or the Academy’s Innovative Teaching Award.

In 2014-15, the Academy will expand to 15 members.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Bradley Hyman