An Award for Academic Excellence
To mark Gold Shield’s fiftieth anniversary in 1986, the members searched for a worthwhile gift for the University. A Special Projects Committee conceived the idea for the Gold Shield Faculty Prize, An Award for Academic Excellence. The goal was the development of a Prize that would provide recognition and reward to mid-level faculty in UCLA departments with undergraduate degree programs. This focus was selected because faculty in mid-career often do not receive the extra professional incentives available to distinguished senior faculty. Following a two-year campaign, the goal of $250,000 was reached and the Faculty Prize endowment was established in the UCLA Foundation. This endowment has since grown to more than $500,000.
The first Prize was awarded in 1986 and has been awarded biennially in amounts of approximately $30,000 to an outstanding UCLA faculty member. The award is to be used for scholarly purposes. The recipient is selected annually by a committee of peers appointed by the Academic Senate. This selection committee also includes a student and Gold Shield representatives. Recipients have demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment in undergraduate teaching and research or creative activity together with an acceptable level of public service within the university.
In 2000, the College of Letters and Science and Gold Shield, Alumnae of UCLA were pleased to announce that Faculty Prize recipients would periodically design and teach innovative lecture-discussion classes that will bring leading research ideas into the classroom available to all UCLA undergraduates. These courses are not being given at this time.
In 2006, Gold Shield, with the encouragement of its past recipients, decide to offer the Prize annually, although it would still be a two year prize. The purpose was to alternate between north and south campus with the awards, thus providing a more equitable distribution of recipients across the campus.
Gold Shield Faculty Prize Winners
2018 – Daniel Fessler, Anthropology
2017 – Daniel Blumstein, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
2016 – Charlene Villaseñor Black, Chicana/o Studies and Art History
2015 – Neil Garg, Chemistry & Biochemistry
2014 – Brenda Stevenson, History
2013 – Luisa Iruela-Arispe, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
2012 – Kevin Terraciano, History
2011 – Matthew Lieberman, Psychology
2010 – David Gere, World Arts and Culture
2009 – Robin Garrell, Chemistry, Biochemistry
2008 – Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Chair, Cesar E. Chavez Chicano Studies
2007 – William J. Kaiser, Electrical Engineering
2006 – Robert N. Watson, English
2004 – Andrea Ghez, Physics and Astronomy
2002 – Richard B. Kaner, Chemistry and Biochemistry
2000 – Utpal Banerjee, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
1998 – Bob Goldberg, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
1996 – Peter Narins, Physiological Science
1994 – Albert A. Braunmuller, English
1992 – J. William Schopf, Earth and Space Sciences
1990 – Jeffrey Alexander, Sociology
1988 – Patricia Marks Greenfield, Psychology
1986 – Michael E. Jung, Chemistry and Biochemistry