Celebration of Teaching Event Highlights Those Who Are Creating the ‘Next Generation of Scholars’

The inaugural event brought together outstanding members of the UCR community for special recognition

UCR’s reputation for consistently high educational outcomes for all students is founded on excellence in teaching, research, and service.   That enterprise includes not only faculty members and students, but staff academic advisors, graduate assistants, and many others.

The first “Celebration of Teaching” event at UC Riverside, organized by the Office of Undergraduate Education, brought together outstanding members of the UCR community for special recognition for their work this academic year.

“I believe that there is perhaps nothing more important that a professor does than teach our students – the next generation of scholars,” said Richard A. Cardullo, interim vice provost of Undergraduate Education, in kicking off the event on May 18.

Added Cynthia Larive, interim provost and executive vice chancellor: “Without great teachers, probably none of us would be here.  And here at UCR, our faculty, staff, and advisors change the lives of students every day.”

The Inaugural Celebration of Teaching was envisioned by Larive to become an annual tradition at UCR to celebrate one of the three primary areas of faculty work: service, research, and teaching, said Thomas Dickson,assistant vice provost for undergraduate education.

This year’s event recognized faculty who received the Academy of Distinguished Teachers (ADT) Junior Excellence in Teaching, ADT new member inductions, ADT Innovative Teaching Award, and the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award.

Also recognized for their teaching efforts were two graduate students via the Graduate Division Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award (graduate students) and two advisors who received the first ever Academic Advisor of the Year awards (staff).

The event featured mini-lectures from Professor of Psychology Khaleel Razak for the Innovative Teaching Award, Professor of Chemistry Gregory Beran for the Distinguished Teaching Award, and a recorded lecture from Professor of Entomology William Walton for the Distinguished Teaching Award.

“Future Celebrations of Teaching hope to incorporate a wider spectrum of teachers and those who support teaching including supplemental instruction undergraduates, R’Course instructors, service learning faculty, community engaged learning faculty, Honors Faculty Fellows, and more,” said Dickson.

Here is a complete list of the honorees:

Academic Advisor of the Year – Undergraduate Education

New Advisor: Judith Llausas, CHASS

Experienced Advisor: Terri Phonharath, BCOE

Graduate Student Teaching Award – Graduate Division

Dietlinde Heilmayr, Department of Psychology

Bethany Caulkins, Department of Chemistry

Inductees – Academy of Distinguished Teachers

John C. Briggs, Professor of English

Jack Eichler, Professor of Chemistry

Carolyn Murray, Professor of Psychology

Paul Lyons, Professor of Medicine

Junior Excellence in Teaching (JET) – Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Kevin Costello, Professor of Mathematics

Nicolas Barth, Professor of Earth Sciences

Innovative Teaching Award – Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Khaleel Razak, Professor of Psychology

Distinguished Teaching Award – Academic Senate

Gregory Beran, Professor of Chemistry

William Walton, Professor of Entomology


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