AC Teaching Award

2021 AC Excellence in Teaching Award


"This class opened up my mind and asked me to challenge everything I had ever considered at face value. I am humbled by the course and I also feel like I am a better communicator, listener, and thinker because of it."

- UC Berkeley Student in AC course, Spring 2021

The AC classroom is unique and uniquely UC Berkeley - in an Anthropology course, you may have majors from Engineering, Data Science, Geography, and Public Health, a first-semester freshman, and a final semester transfer...

2018 Teaching Award Recipients

Photo of AC and Music Instructor T. Carlis Roberts smiling in formal suit attireT. CARLIS ROBERTS
Music 137AC
“Music of the Civil Rights Era”

The decades of the mid-20th century were an explosion of political unrest, social change, and cultural innovation. While numerous anti-colonial struggles rocked the world, disenfranchised populations in the...

2020 AC Excellence in Teaching Award

About

The AC Excellence in Teaching Award is intended to recognize individual faculty’s exemplary teaching in the American Cultures curriculum. Instructors are recognized for their inspiring and sustained commitment to creating a learning space able to hold the multiple challenges and opportunities that teaching AC content requires.

FAQs: Stage Two of the Excellence in Teaching Award

Stage Two FAQs Nominating Letter Q: Who may submit the nominating letter to endorse my nomination?

The Head of a faculty member's home department (either the Department Chair or School Dean) or another appropriate administrator may submit a nomination letter for a faculty member's nomination to the AC Excellence in Teaching Award. An appropriate administrator is a faculty member that an academic department has designated to endorse a faculty member's nomination for an award; this may include the Department's Curriculum Chair, especially if the...

Ronald T. Takaki Teaching Award

About

Professor Ronald T. Takaki, ‘didn’t just teach about race and ethnicity. He helped redefine it.’ Instrumental to the field of Ethnic Studies, and central in the creation of the AC curriculum. In working with the family of the late Professor Takaki, the American Cultures Teaching Award committee assigns the 'Ronald T. Takaki Teaching Award' to an applicant of the American Cultures Teaching Award that merits special recognition....

American Cultures Excellence in Teaching Award

About

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 able to hold 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...

2020 AC Prizes Virtual Ceremony

The AC curriculum has been the fulcrum of critical diversity work on this campus for a long time. Inspired by the struggles and dreams of the Third World Liberation Front fifty years ago this year, and created in the late 1980s, the energy for the AC requirement was formed not on campus but in our surrounding communities. In 1984 in San Francisco and Oakland, longshore workers were leading the Bay Area fight against South African apartheid. For decades the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) had stood against apartheid, refusing to touch South African cargo. Although the...