• Criteria: Faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence by providing leadership to advance equitable access to education, address the needs of California's diverse population through public service, or highlight inequalities through rigorous  scholarly research.
  • Deadline for Nominations:  September 18, 2015
  • Award: $10,000 placed into a departmental account to be used at the discretion of the recipient.
  • Administered by: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity & Inclusion.



Artwork: Htet Hlaing, 2014 CAAIE

Purpose of the Award

The University of California, Berkeley is committed to excellence, equity, and inclusion in every facet of its mission. Teaching, research, and public service contributions that promote diversity and the principles of equity and inclusion are essential to maintaining UC Berkeley's preeminence as a world-class academic institution. The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence acknowledges meritorious achievement by faculty in pursuit of the University's mission to create an inclusive environment, serving the needs of our increasingly diverse state, and highlighting inequalities in society and the pathways to resolving them.

The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence is a grant presented annually to a distinguished faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley based on distinctive contributions and auspicious success in enhancing diversity and the principles of equity and inclusion.


The criteria for the award are based on those in the University of California Academic Personnel Manual (APM 210-d) for appointment or promotion of faculty members. The policy states: "These contributions to diversity can take a variety of forms including efforts to advance equitable access to education, public service that addresses the needs of California's diverse population, or research in a scholar's area of expertise that highlights inequalities.” While nominees will usually be members of the Academic Senate, clinical faculty, lecturers with security of employment, and other long-term faculty may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

Illustrations of demonstrated leadership in these areas may include:

  • Mentoring undergraduate or graduate students who are members of groups who are historically or currently underrepresented in their field and/or whose background and experiences contribute to campus diversity.
  • Engaging in innovative research that enhances our understanding of race, class, gender, culture and other identities affecting access and opportunity in our society.
  • Creating curriculum to enable the development of student intercultural competence to compete in today's global society.
  • Implementing effective strategies to address the barriers that have prevented full participation of students from historically or currently underrepresented groups in higher education and the professoriate.
  • Developing or partnering with academic preparation or academic support programs that enhance the educational opportunities of underserved populations.
  • Exceptional sustained committee or administrative service that has significantly enhanced policy or processes that advance the principles of equity and inclusion on the UC Berkeley campus.
  • Crucial contributions to campus culture, practices, or programs that have had a demonstrable and important effect in helping the campus achieve the goals of the Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity.
  • Establishing partnerships with business and industry that respond to mutual needs to foster diversity and equal opportunity in teaching, research, and public service.
  • Serving activities or organizations related to equity, inclusion, and diversity at the regional, statewide or national level.

The Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence honors leadership in research, teaching and public or university service and is intended to encourage continued success. Nominations, therefore, should emphasize recent (within the last five years) concrete accomplishments in these areas, particularly those from which other faculty, departments or programs can benefit. The nomination should highlight the extent of involvement and the overall contributions of the candidate.

Nomination Process

Submit the following nomination materials electronically to Vice Chancellor Gibor Basri c/o Amy Scharf at ascharf@berkeley.edu.  Nominations are due by Friday, September 18, 2015.

  1. A letter of nomination from a department chair or faculty member, paying particular attention to how the nominee's activities reflect the criteria noted above, of no more than four single-spaced pages.
  2. A letter of support from a Dean.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from those who can give testimony to the extent and effectiveness of the nominee's contributions.
  4. A curriculum vitae demonstrating the track record of the nominee.
  5. A brief description of the work the nominee is doing and how the award will be used to enhance and continue her/his efforts, of no more than four single-spaced pages.
  6. Any supporting documents as appropriate (e.g., media coverage, teaching evaluations).

Award Ceremony

Each year recipients of the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence are honored with a ceremony and reception. 

Information and Assistance

If you have questions about the award or the selection process, please contact:

Amy Scharf, Division of Equity & Inclusion


(510) 642-8844