Faculty Awards

Faculty Awards are presented each year to a select group of CSUDH faculty members, in recognition of outstanding achievement in a variety of areas. Specific guidelines govern each award; nominations must conform to them. You can find the eligibility requirements, award criteria, and nominating procedure for each award by clicking on the appropriate faculty awards below. 

Please submit your award nominations no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 25, 2019.

To view the Leaves and Honors Committee members for this academic year, please click on the following link: 2019-2020 Leaves and Honors Committee.

Catherine H. Jacobs Outstanding Faculty-Lecturer Award

Named in honor of former lecturer Cathy H. Jacobs, for her outstanding record of service at CSUDH. She was the first recipient of this honorary award. The award acknowledges and honors a CSUDH full-time and part-time faculty at the rank of lecturer who has demonstrated excellence in teaching effectiveness to the CSUDH campus community. All CSUDH full-time and part-time faculty at the rank of lecturer are eligible for this award.

2019 Faculty Award Recipient:
Dr. Elvira Teller
CBAPP, Information Systems & Operations Management

Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award

The Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Award was established in 2004 to acknowledge research, scholarship, and creative activity are essential components to the CSUDH mission. Moreover, this award recognizes these professional activities provide intellectual stimulation and motivation for student learning, are an impetus for students to emulate the work of their professors, and bring recognition and prestige to the institution; it is important to recognize faculty who are working at the frontier of their discipline and contributing to human knowledge. Maintaining current involvement in their disciplines enables CSUDH faculty to be part of, and to reach out to, the academic community at large as well as the immediate community that we serve; that scholarship, research and creative activity distinguish the professional work of faculty in higher education; and further, that CSUDH has a tradition of excellent research, scholarship, and creative activity. The criteria for this award shall include consideration of: the quality and number of peer-reviewed publications; the extent of externally funded work; the visibility or recognition of creative activity; evidence of originality and creativity; evidence of excellence, including exhibitions, presentations, invitations; awards, citations, and recognition by peers and the public. All CSUDH faculty are eligible for this award.

2019 Faculty Award Recipient:
Dr. Orie Berezan
CBAPP, Management & Marketing

Excellence in Service Award

The Excellence in Service Award recognizes faculty contributions to University governance and development. This award acknowledges service as an essential component of the mission of CSUDH and its importance to the functioning of faculty members; the professional activities related to university governance, decision-making, institutional growth, internal communication, and dissemination of data and knowledge are important elements for the functioning and development of the University; professional activities extend beyond the walls of the University and create a positive environment for our students’ lives off campus and our affiliates in business, non-profit and charitable establishments are valuable contributions to the University’s mission and goals. Service provides collegial foundations and a commitment by participants to the continued interconnection of faculty across the disciplines and to the institution as a whole; and further, that it is important to recognize faculty who serve the University without compensation in a capacity that is distinct from either teaching or research. For this award, consideration is based on the quality and degree of service in a number of areas, including working on committees, task forces, councils, etc.; giving seminars; developing programs with elementary, middle, or high schools; student counseling and advising; working on the Academic Senate or statewide Senate; contributing to professional societies such as the moderation of panels; the drafting of important documents such as mission statements and by-laws. Consideration shall also be given to the visibility of results of such service on the University campus; evidence of originality and creativity in providing solutions to, and/or in resolving, institutional questions facing the University; evidence of excellence and dedication to the Dominguez Hills campus and community; recognition by peers and the public. All CSUDH full-time faculty and lecturers (except those who teach primarily at another campus) are eligible for this award provided that they have not have received the award within the past five (5) years.

2019 Faculty Award Recipient:
Dr. Louis Mark Carrier
CNBS, Psychology

Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher Award

Named in honor of the founding Vice President for Academic Affairs at CSUDH, the Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher Award originally recognized two (2) faculty members. Revised in 2004 for one recipient, this award continues to recognize a faculty member who knows their subject thoroughly, who manifests in their teaching an understanding of broad areas of knowledge, and who demonstrates an ability to select, organize, and interpret, with discernment, the materials relevant to the courses they teach. This award recognizes the person’s ability to communicate the materials of their courses effectively, for their active interest in the progress of students as individuals, and for qualities that lead that person to search continually for new and creative ways to present materials and to generate intellectual enthusiasm among students. All CSUDH full-time faculty and lecturers (except those who teach primarily at another campus) are eligible for this award provided that they have not have received the award within the past five (5) years.

2019 Faculty Award Recipient:
Dr. Corina Benavides Lopez
CAH, Chicano/a Studies

Presidential Outstanding Professor Award

The Presidential Outstanding Professor Awards, originally established by the CSU Board of Trustees in September 1963, recognizes excellence in teaching. In 1995, the Board of Trustees discontinued the statewide awards, but CSUDH has continued the program as an annual campus-based award. Revised in 2004 and now called the Presidential Outstanding Professor Award, this honor recognizes an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in all areas of faculty performance, i.e., as a teacher, as a member of their profession, and as a member of the campus and community. All CSUDH full-time faculty (except those who do their teaching, research, and service primarily at another campus) that have not have received the award within the past five (5) years are eligible for this award.

2019 Faculty Award Recipient:
Dr. Katy M. Pinto
CNBS, Sociology

Assigned Time for Exceptional Levels of Service to Students Award Recipients

Spring 2019                            

Helen Chun, CNBS, Biology                      

Xuefei “Nancy” Deng, CBAPP, Information Systems and Operations Management                                

Yan-Hua Huang, CHHSN, Occupational Therapy

Mary T.  Lacanlale, CAH, Asian-Pacific Studies

Elexia Reyes McGovern, COE, Teacher Education

Tara L. Victor, CNBS, Psychology                                                                                                                                        

AY 2019-2020

Stephanie Cariaga, COE, Teacher Education                 

Fall 2019                    

Kirti Sawhney Celly, CBAPP, Marketing and Management             

Fall 2019                   

Darrah LG Kuratani, CHHSN, Health Sciences              

Fall 2019                    

Joanna Perez, CNBS, Sociology                        

Fall 2019                    

Gretel H. Vera-Rosas, CNBS, Sociology            

Fall 2019                   

2019/2020 Faculty Awards Timeline

Call for Faculty Awards Nominations:
September 9, 2019

Faculty Award Nominations Due:
September 25, 2019

Faculty Award Mini-File & PAF Access Permissions:
October 21, 2019

Leaves & Honors Committee Begins Selection Process:
November 4, 2019

Leaves & Honors Committee Select Award Recipients:
November 18, 2019

University President Announces Faculty Award Leave Recipients:
December 2, 2019

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Forms

Please submit your award nominations no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 25, 2019 [Updated on 8/14/2019].

Nomination Form [PDF]

Nominee Form [PDF]