The Innovation in Teaching Award is presented to AC instructors for their use of pedagogical developments to enhance students’ learning experience in the American Cultures classroom. It acknowledges a standard of excellence in scholarship that aligns with the core intention of the AC curriculum: to promote the understanding of race, ethnicity, and culture in a comparative and integrative fashion. All members of the Academic Senate, non-Senate faculty and instructors of an AC course are eligible to apply.


  • Faculty must have taught at least one AC course any time between the last two years previous to applying
  • Faculty who have demonstrated innovative teaching practices, and/or who have contributed to the overall quality of the AC learning environment

The Award:

  • Recipient will receive a $2,500 award
  • Recipients will be honored at a public award ceremony and permanently indicated as a recipient on the American Cultures website

Criteria for selection:

Nominees should supply evidence - in one or more of the following areas - of innovations that:

  • Encourage novel approaches to teaching and learning
  • Encourage or support multidisciplinary and research-based teaching and learning approaches
  • Address current teaching and learning trends, practices and issues
  • Utilize the potential of new and/or emerging technologies
  • Honor diversity and individuality

How To Apply:

A. Complete the nomination form 
B. Nominees should complete a statement limited to up to five pages that describes the innovation in teaching and is presented under the following three headings:
    1. Overview (explain the aims of the course)
    2. Distinct claims of innovation
    3. Influence on student learning
C. Nominators should provide a one-page letter of recommendation from either the Chair of the nominee’s department/school or the curriculum coordinator.
D. Additional supporting documentation of up to three pages that provides evidence of the nominee’s extraordinary teaching innovation success.
Submit all materials by Friday, April 14th to:
American Cultures Center
360 Stephens Hall MC# 1050
Berkeley, CA 94720-1050
or by email to: