Gold Shield Faculty Prize

$30,000 Unrestricted Award for Academic Excellence

The Faculty Prize, offered by Gold Shield Alumnae of UCLA, provides an unrestricted $30,000 award each year to an exceptional mid-career full professor who has demonstrated extraordinary accomplishment in teaching, research, and service to the university.  Congratulations to 2023 Faculty Prize recipient, Professor Anastassia Alexandrova from the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. You can learn more about Professor Alexandrova’s professional journey and accomplishments here.

In its 28th year, the Gold Shield Faculty Prize in 2024 will recognize a faculty member representing a discipline from a school or department of the north campus of UCLA.

College of Letters and Sciences: Humanities Division
College of Letters and Sciences: Social Sciences Division
School of Arts and Architecture
Herb Alpert School of Music
Luskin School of Public Affairs
School of Theater, Film and Television


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 ten 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.

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.

View Full Nomination Instructions

Award Timeline

  • All nominations are to be submitted as an email attachment to Sandra Hwang,
  • Nominations open on Nov. 30, 2023
  • Nominations are due by 5:00pm on Feb. 15, 2024
  • Faculty Prize recipient will be selected by April 30, 2023
  • Award recipient will be notified in May 2024


For additional information or questions, please contact:

Sandra Hwang
Gold Shield Faculty Prize Coordinator

Michellene DeBonis
Gold Shield Faculty Prize Chair

Gold Shield Faculty Prize: Past Recipients

2023 – Anastassia Alexandrova, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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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