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Awards and Honors

44th Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards recognize excellence in teaching, research and service

Two faculty members from the Division of Arts and Humanities will be honored with their colleagues April 11, 2018 at the 44th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for going above and beyond to make a positive difference in their teaching, research and service.

“I applaud the outstanding contributions of these faculty members whose research and teaching powerfully resonates across our campus and around the globe,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “They are bold changemakers and tireless student advocates who see the classroom — and the world — differently, full of boundless potential for positive impact.”

Excellence in Graduate Teaching

Pamela Radcliff, Department of History

Pamela Radcliff

Pamela Radcliff has cultivated the nation’s premier graduate program on modern Spanish history at UC San Diego. Each year she organizes a symposium that provides opportunity for scholars to present their work to peers and engage with field specialists. Radcliff is a devoted mentor for graduate students, encouraging learners to explore evolutionary arcs and seek thought-provoking connections. She has also authored an interpretive synthesis, “A History of Spain: 1808 to the Present,” regarded by peers as “a magisterial work.”

“Professor Radcliff is dedicated to her graduate students, providing the necessary leadership to develop them as professional historians and for academic careers,” said Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities Cristina Della Coletta. “She has worked with dozens of history graduate students in formal and informal settings. Her outstanding accomplishment is her dedication to developing a top-notch graduate program in modern Spanish history. There is no doubt that she should receive credit for attracting high-level graduate students in this field to UC San Diego.”

Excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts

Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Department of Visual Arts

Ruben Oritz

Rubén Ortiz-Torres has created a robust body of work ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and installation. He has amplified the presence of experimental cross-border art and given a fresh voice to the dialogue on immigrant culture. Ortiz-Torrez served as a Getty Center curator for “MEX/LA: ‘Mexican’ Modernism(s) in Los Angeles, 1930–1985.” He is dedicated to cultivating interdisciplinary collaboration and diversity and serving as a conduit for transformative exchange and dynamic artistic production.

“Professor Rubén Ortiz-Torres is a prolific artist whose work has been exhibited at multiple national and international cultural institutions, from The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City to the Reina Sofia Museum of Art in Madrid, Spain,” said Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities Cristina Della Coletta. “His cross border artistic and cultural work—focused on the shifting demographics, cultural identities and political dynamics—deserves special recognition for its impact in the art world of Mexico City, Tijuana-San Diego and Los Angeles.”

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Division of Arts and Humanities faculty members have received many prestigious awards and honors, including endowed chairs at the university. Click on each honor to view the recipients.

Pulitzer Prize / MacArthur Fellows / Guggenheim Fellows

Pulitzer Prize

MacArthur Fellows

Guggenheim Fellows

NEH Fellows / ACLS Fellows

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellows

American Council of Learned Societies Fellows

Tony Award / National Humanities Medal / National Book Critics Circle Award

National Humanities Center Fellows / Ford Foundation Fellows

National Humanities Center Fellows

Ford Foundation Fellows

UC and UC San Diego Awards

UCSD Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

For Senate Members

For Non-Senate Members

UC San Diego Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award

UCSD Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer

UCSD Hellman Fellows

UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award

UC Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award

  • 1996: Avrum Stroll, History

UC President's Research Fellowship in the Humanities

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs are highly honored academic positions that attract and support distinguished faculty. Information on Endowed Chairs.


  • Chair in Studies in Ancient Jewish Civilizations: Mira Balberg
  • Herman Wouk Chair of Modern Jewish Studies: Deborah Hertz
  • Hwei-Chih and Julia Hsiu Endowed Chair in Chinese Studies: Karl Gerth
  • Chair of Judaic Studies: not currently filled
  • Harriet and Louis Bookheim Endowed Chair in Biblical Hebrew and Related Languages: not currently filled
  • Gerry and Jeannie Ranglas Endowed Chair in Ancient Greek History: Denise Demetriou
  • Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Endowed Chair in Byzantine Greek History: Edward Watts
  • Nicholas Family Endowed Chair in Modern Greek History: Thomas Gallant
  • Frank Caylus Grandier Chair in Medieval European History: not currently filled
  • Paul G. Pickowicz Endowed Chair in Modern Chinese History: Micah Muscolino




Theatre and Dance

  • Arthur and Molli Wagner Chair in Acting: not currently filled