Distinguished Teaching Award Winners in the Humanities

Every year, the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Teaching awards UCLA’s highest teaching honor – the Distinguished Teaching Award.

The awards recognize academically and professionally accomplished individuals who bring respect and admiration to the scholarship of teaching. Recipients are selected from nominations received by colleagues and leaders across the campus and recommendations by students.

The 2019 winners from the Division of Humanities of the UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Awards are as follows:

Distinguished Non-Senate Faculty Teaching Award

Juliet Falce-Robinson, Spanish and Portuguese

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award

Samantha Morse, English

Jordan Wallace-Wolf, Philosophy


The 2018 winners from the Division of Humanities of the UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Awards are as follows:

Distinguished Senate Faculty Teaching Award with the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching

David MacFadyen, Comparative Literature & Musicology

Distinguished Non-Senate Faculty Teaching Award

Karen Cunningham, English

Dana Cairns Watson, Writing Programs

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award

Scott Abramson, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

William Kowalsky, Philosophy


The 2017 winners from the Division of Humanities of the UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Awards are as follows:

Distinguished Senate Faculty Teaching Award with the Distinction in Teaching at the Graduate Level

Alex Purves, Classics

Distinguished Non-Senate Faculty Teaching Award

Benjamin James Lewis, Linguistics

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award

Gabbrielle Johnson, Philosophy

Sydney Miller, English


The 2016 winners from the Division of Humanities of the UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Awards are as follows:

Distinguished Senate Faculty Teaching Award 

Joseph Bristow, English

Elisabeth Le Guin, Musicology

Distinguished Non-Senate Faculty Teaching Award

Jeremy Smoak, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Greg Rubinson, Writing Programs

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award

Lourdes Arevalo, Spanish and Portuguese

Rebecca Hill, English


The 2015 winners from the Division of Humanities of the UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Awards are as follows:

Distinguished Senate Faculty Teaching Award with the Distinction in Teaching at the Graduate Level

Robert Fink, Musicology

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award
Benjamin Court, Musicology

Sarah Nance, English


The 2014 winners from the Division of Humanities of the UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Awards are as follows:

Distinguished Senate Faculty Teaching Award 

Felicity A. Nussbaum, English

Distinguished Non-Senate Faculty Teaching Award

Teddi Chichester, Writing Programs

Mitchum Huehls, English

Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award

Ashley Feinsinger, Philosophy

Kristin Mann, Classics