CHASS College Awards Recipients

CHASS Teaching Awards

Carl CranorSince co-founding UCR’s Law and Society Program four decades ago, Dr. Carl Cranor has been an invaluable member of UCR’s teaching faculty. Through his extensive historical engagement in designing courses and developing curricula, Dr. Cranor has prepared generations of students for the rigors of law school, setting expectations higher than many students might have set for themselves and then engaging them so thoroughly that they preferred to meet those expectations rather than disappoint their professor. Students commend him for his ability to bridge between research and pedagogy. He inspires them to think critically and see philosophical issues in daily life, giving them perspectives on philosophy and the law that stay with them for years. For doctoral students in Philosophy, Dr. Cranor effectively serves as a role model in the classroom—incorporating his current research to keep courses lively and fresh—and he has been unstinting with advice and guidance about research. Importantly, Dr. Cranor has mentored graduate students who have gone on to earn prestigious awards and select academic positions. This ability to mentor students and empower them to become independent and successful scholars in their own right reflects the deep commitment and rich pedagogical resources that Dr. Cranor brings to UCR. For his many contributions and sustained record of excellence in graduate and undergraduate teaching, Dr. Cranor is awarded the 2014-2015 CHASS Teaching Award.

Distinguished Research Lecturer Award

Yolanda MosesThe selection committee takes great delight in announcing Professor of Anthropology Yolanda Moses as the 2014-2015 College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Lecturer. She is a public intellectual whose work has shaped debates about race, gender, social inequality, and higher education policy. Her efforts have crossed from her home discipline of anthropology to engage with broader discourses within academia and across American society. Moses has enjoyed a long and noteworthy career at UCR and nationally. As her nomination letter shows, she has been a leading voice on diversity issues for over thirty years. Her role in shaping this important field of inquiry is vital to the goal of achieving a civil society and certainly in the best spirit of the work we value in CHASS.

Civic Engagement Award

Tuppett YatesThe selection committee is proud to recognize Professor of Psychology, Tuppett Yates, as the 2014-15 recipient of the Civic Engagement Award. Currently in its inaugural year, the award recognizes those faculty members who make outstanding efforts to reach beyond the campus and contribute to the greater social good. It also recognizes faculty who work to bring community and university together in meaningful ways. Yates established the UCR Guardian Scholars, a program that encourages emancipated foster care youth to pursue a college education by assisting them with the admissions process and supporting them on campus. As part of her work on the program, Yates helped raise over $280,000 that has been distributed through scholarships, financial assistance, and activities for the students. As one recommender observed, the Guardian Scholars has enabled UCR to provide “one of the best, most cutting-edge and supportive environments for foster youth in our region.” Another wrote, “the work Dr. Yates does for the Guardian Scholars is enough labor to constitute a full-time job in and of itself. Yet she founded this program as an Assistant Professor with an ambitious research agenda.” These efforts are a credit to the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and UCR. 

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