Faculty and students during Study Abroad in Nepal

Excellence in Teaching of Study Abroad Awards

The 2022 Call for Nominations for the Excellence in Teaching of Study Abroad Awards is now closed.

Excellence in Teaching of Study Abroad Awards

Students who have participated in UC Davis Study Abroad programs (Quarter Abroad, Summer Abroad, and Seminar Abroad) frequently describe their time abroad as one of the most meaningful experiences of their undergraduate education. Instructors who design and teach UC Davis Study Abroad Programs make these experiences possible and demonstrate exceptional dedication to students' global learning. Teaching a study abroad program places demands on instructors that exceed the typical requirements of classroom teaching on campus.

This Excellence in Teaching of Study Abroad Award, a partnership of Global Affairs and the Academic Senate, recognizes the commitment of instructors who design and teach Study Abroad programs and make international experiences accessible to all UC Davis students.


All UC Davis instructors who are members of the Academic Senate or Academic Federation, who have taught a UC Davis Study Abroad program, and who have not previously won the award are eligible. Candidates should have taught a UC Davis Study Abroad program for at least three years and cannot currently be serving on the Senate Committee on International Education.

Characteristics of Excellence in Teaching of Study Abroad

The award committee suggests that nomination letters consider the following characteristics (this list is suggestive, not exhaustive):

  • Original development and design of a Study Abroad program.
    • Priority will be given to candidates who develop and teach their Study Abroad program. However, program development is not a requirement; i.e. faculty members who teach Study Abroad programs designed by others are also eligible.
  • Program logistics, organization, planning and structure.
  • Enriching the classroom experience by making use of the location and/or its unique resources. 
  • Facilitating students’ engagement with the culture and people of the host country. Helping students develop intercultural competencies and connections. 
  • Responsiveness to and concern for the education and welfare of students. Response to crises that may occasionally arise during study abroad programs.
  • Advising and mentoring on academic activities and career objectives, and generally supporting the welfare of students.


The call for nominations is announced by the Academic Senate once a year. Nominations are sought from:

  • students and alumni who have participated in UC Davis Study Abroad programs;
  • UC Davis faculty;
  • onsite coordinators for UC Davis Study Abroad programs; and
  • staff and administrators involved in undergraduate advising and Study Abroad.

The members of the selection committee will review all nominees and will select two awardees: one member of the Academic Senate and one member of the Academic Federation. 

Nominating Materials

Nomination packages should be submitted online by the primary nominator and should include the following: 

  • A cover page.
  • One nomination letter and two letters of recommendation (one from a student and one from a faculty/staff member) compiled as a single PDF, no longer than five pages total.
  • The most recent syllabus or syllabi if the instructor has taught more than one program.
  • Note: the last three years of teaching evaluations for Study Abroad programs taught by the nominee will be examined. (These will be provided by Study Abroad upon receipt of a nomination).


Please submit nomination packages using this online form from a UC Davis account by the deadline of January 9, 2023


The award announcement will be officially made at Global Affairs' International Connections Reception on March 9, 2023.

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Excellence in Teaching in Study Abroad Awardees