Skip to main content

Awards and Honors

Faculty celebrated for extraordinary teaching, research and service at the 45th Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards

Two outstanding Division of Arts and Humanities faculty members are honored for the 45th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for innovative research, extraordinary teaching and making a difference in the community.

“These talented scholars are blazing entirely new ways of thinking, inspiring new generations of students through research and redefining how learning happens in the classroom,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “I commend this year’s Faculty Excellence Award honorees for their novel explorations, dedication to teaching and service to our community.”

Excellence in Research in Humanities and Social Sciences

Craig Callender, Department of Philosophy and Institute for Practical Ethics

Craig Callender

Craig Callender is renowned for his interdisciplinary approach to the “problem of time” in relation to quantum theory, relativity and statistical mechanics. Tackling this subject in his book, “What Makes Time Special?,” he received the prestigious Lakatos Award in 2018 for creating “an ambitious and highly original contribution…nothing short of profound.” A proponent of socially responsible science, Callender established the Institute for Practical Ethics in 2017, which he also co-directs.

“Professor Callender is a leading international voice in the philosophy of science; it is hard to overstate how important and influential his work—particularly on time—has been,” said Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities Cristina Della Coletta. “His most recent book is a major undertaking amounting to over 10 years of work. He has changed the terms in which debates about time are conducted and he has shaped the agenda for future research.”

Excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts

Robert Brill, Department of Theatre and Dance

Robert Brill

Receiving two Tony Award nominations for scenic design has placed Robert Brill in the national spotlight, but his true passion is enriching learning experiences and mentoring emerging visionaries. In 2013, he was appointed artist-in-residence for La Jolla Playhouse, and since joining the university in 2015, he has developed seven world-premiere projects that inspire exploration of cultural intersections, including the current Broadway musical “Ain't Too Proud: The Life And Times of The Temptations.”

On his prolific work, Dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities Cristina Della Coletta shared, “Professor Brill has arrived at UC San Diego with a stellar reputation and enormous influence in the world of theatre design; he continues to display massive energy and devotion to his craft both on campus and externally in the professional world. He is in high demand in the theater and opera world and he has received acclaim worldwide for his innovative work. We are thrilled and grateful to have him as a member of the division.”

Read the full story at the UC San Diego News Center.


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

UC San Diego Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

For Senate Members

For Non-Senate Members

UC San Diego Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Award

UC San Diego Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer

UC San Diego 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