American Cultures Excellence in Teaching Award


The ‘AC Teaching Award’ is intended to recognize individual faculty members ’ exemplary teaching in the American Cultures curriculum. Instructors are recognized for their inspiring and sustained commitment to creating a learning space that holds the multiple challenges and opportunities that teaching AC content requires. Such challenges and opportunities include the multivocality of America’s diverse social fabric; the scales of geographic assemblage which support political and economical ways of being; the often contested nature of the political nation; the intersectional vectors that operate through everyday life (e.g., class, gender, sexuality, religious affiliation, ability, and legal status) and the reality that differences do, as they always have, provide a rough terrain of understanding for our abilities to listen and communicate with each other. Great creativity, ingenuity, and courage are required to meet this rich environment, providing inspiration and guidance for colleagues across the campus. The AC Teaching Award recognizes this signature effort.

Recipients will receive a $2,500 award and be honored at a public award ceremony and permanently indicated as a recipient of the AC Teaching Award on the American Cultures website. 

Eligibility & Criteria


Faculty must have taught at least one AC course within the last two years. All Academic Senate members, non-Senate faculty, and primary instructors of an AC course are eligible for this award. Graduate Student Instructors who teach a discussion section of an AC course are not eligible. Previous American Cultures Teaching Award recipients are not eligible to receive the award again. If you have any questions, please email or visit the FAQ page.


The award committee seeks candidates who encourage and empower critical and multivocal dialogue, foster a respectful learning environment, support student engagement and demonstrate originality in the design of course content and creativity in developing assignments.

Application Process

Stage One

Stage One is now closed. If you have any questions, please email

Stage Two

For an instructor to be considered for the next stage, a department's chair or appropriate official must endorse a stage one nomination by Monday, March 20th. The American Cultures Teaching Award Selection Committee will contact departments with detailed instructions on how to submit an endorsement. Please visit the FAQ page or email if you have any questions.

Stage Three

Instructions are coming soon. If you have questions about Stage Two, please visit the FAQ page or email