Gold Shield Faculty Prize

$30,000 Unrestricted Award for Academic Excellence

The Gold Shield Faculty Prize, celebrating its 26th year in 2023, provides an unrestricted $30,000 award to an exceptional mid-career professor who has a distinguished record of undergraduate teaching, research and University service.


The recipient of the award must be a mid-career full professor (Step I through V) who has a distinguished record of undergraduate teaching, with preference given to faculty who have held a terminal degree for at least 10 years. Additional criteria include extraordinary accomplishment and promise in research or creative activity, evidence of service to the University, and a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. 

In the spring of each odd-numbered year, a recipient is selected from the south campus disciplines; in even-numbered years, a recipient is selected from the north campus disciplines. The 2023 award recipient will be selected from the following colleges and schools representing UCLA’s south campus:

  • College of Letters and Sciences: Life Sciences Division 
  • College of Letters and Sciences: Physical Sciences Divisions
  • Fielding School of Public Health
  • School of Nursing
  • Samueli School of Engineering
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Nomination Instructions

A complete list of nomination requirements, instructions and selection criteria are detailed in the Gold Shield Faculty Prize nomination packet, which may be downloaded by clicking the link above.

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Award Timeline

  • The deadline for nominations is Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, by 5 p.m.
  • All nominations are to be submitted as an email attachment to Sandra Hwang,
  • The 2023 Faculty Prize recipient will be selected in April 2023 and announced in May 2023


For additional information or questions, please contact:

Sandra Hwang
Gold Shield Faculty Prize Coordinator

Rochelle Ginsburg
Gold Shield Faculty Prize Chair

Gold Shield Faculty Prize: Past Recipients

2021 – Adriana Galván, Psychology and Dean of Undergraduate Education
2020 - Janet O'Shea, World Arts and Cultures/Dance
2019 - Paul Barber, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
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

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