University of California, Riverside

Undergraduate Education



Teaching and Learning Improvement


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Improving the quality of education

Undergraduate Education is dedicated to improving the quality of education at the University of California, Riverside through innovative programs. These innovative measures include statistical research, student feedback, and collective discussion amongst faculty and lecturers.


Celebration of Teaching

An annual celebration of teaching excellence combining multiple awards for distinguished teaching, academic advising excellence, and inductions to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. The inaugural ceremony is May 18, 2017 from 2-4pm in HUB 302 south.

Academy of Distinguished Teachers 

The Academy of Distinguished Teachers was founded in 2005 to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding teachers among the UCR faculty and to provide a range of services to help other UCR faculty members to improve their work in the classroom.

Academic Internship Grant AY15-16

The Office of Undergraduate Education (UE) requests proposals from UCR departments and/or faculty interested in increasing the number of academic internships offered during Winter or Spring Quarter 2016.  Proposals should provide student internship experiences with faculty mentorship support and academic credit (198G or 198I course).  Academic internships must take place in Winter or Spring Quarter 2016 and involve substantive projects that can be completed in one academic quarter.  Departmental compensation for the quarter can be up to $6,000.  These funds can be used to support a faculty stipend, faculty research funds (research must be related to the subject of the course), a course buyout, a speaker series, or departmental supplies and materials. Other department activities that require funding to support the academic internship program may be considered.

Faculty Instructional Innovation Grant

In support of UC Riverside's commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, Undergraduate Education invites faculty to submit proposals for grants that support instructional innovation and include a robust assessment of learning outcomes. Grants will support faculty and staff efforts to develop and implement novel pedagogical approaches and support departmental/program efforts to develop assessment practices that lead to curricular improvement and innovation.

Proposals should be submitted via email to Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz (gladis@ucr.edu) by Monday, June 20, 2016.

Faculty Instructional Evaluations (iEval)

iEval allows students the opportunity to provide constructive feedback on the instruction received each quarter. Comments should address what works well and what areas of the course need enhancements to improve the learning experience for students. All evaluations are anonymous, the logging in process confirms enrollment and prevents students from submitting more than one evaluation per course.

Innovative Teaching Award

The Teaching Innovation Award is presented to faculty who demonstrate exceptional effort and achievement in teaching innovation. Nominations are submitted to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, who are charged with selecting one or two teachers to honor each year.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Provides access to faculty resources for teaching and learning, includes links to the Scholarships of Teaching and Learning Colloquia series, on-campus resources that provide assistance to instructors and faculty grant opportunities.

Sophomore STEM Fund

This program seeks to connect STEM sophomores with research experiences that will develop their skills and prepare them to pursue research early in their UCR careers.  Faculty are asked to create a three-quarter learning experience, outlining the overall research goals and the duties to be undertaken by the sophomore researcher.  Successful proposals will be funded at $750 for supplies and equipment ($750) per quarter to the faculty member for research-related expenses in the lab.  The student can be involved in a team project or work independently with clear expectations of progressively responsible duties.  The activities should demonstrate mentorship in the development of skill sets that prepare students to undertake larger responsibilities in the lab, or prepare them to be competitive for scholarships, grants, and awards later in their undergraduate careers.

The Sophomore STEM research opportunities will be posted on the Undergraduate Research Portal. Student Success Programs will work to promote the opportunity to targeted students.

Proposals should be submitted via email to Gladis Herrera-Berkowitz (gladis@ucr.edu) by Thursday, May 19, 2016.

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Undergraduate Education
1100 Hinderaker Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7750
Fax: (951) 827-7745

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