Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Awards

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2021 Chancellor's Inclusive Excellence Awardees

Please view a downloadable program from the 2020 Creating Excellence forum here.

General Information

The Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Award is a two-year, non-renewable appointment for selected new UCI Senate faculty – from newly hired advanced assistant professors to associate professors and professors or equivalent.

The award:

  • Recognizes the distinguished accomplishment to advance inclusive excellence
  • Provides $50,000 to awardees to support continued scholarship, pedagogy, and exemplary service leadership contributing to diversity, equity, and inclusion at UCI
  • Engages the campus and community in conversations and explorations of stellar research and awardee contributions during an annual public forum

Award Themes

The Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Awards advance the UCI Strategic Plan and campus priorities.  Awardees will contribute in their own unique ways to extend our understanding about promising research, pedagogy, and leadership to support campus growth and innovation in the following areas.

  1. Growth that Makes a Difference: Diversifying the Professoriate
  • Contributes knowledge and resources to inform the national and international conversations, actions, policies, and theories about diversifying the professoriate
  • Develops exemplars and best practices in faculty search and recruitment processes
  • Improves campus climate for faculty development and retention.
  1. First in Class: Advancing a Minority Thriving Campus
  • Transforms the campus designation as a Minority Serving Institution (Hispanic-Serving Institution and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution) to practices, programs, and policies that create minority-thriving learning communities
  • Envisions, enables, and enacts changes to systemically increase diverse student access and engagement – particularly for African American, American Indian, Hispanic, first-generation, low-income, veterans, LGBTQ, women in STEM fields, and other student groups historically under-represented in enrollment and graduation
  • Translates theories, pedagogical practices, creative activities, or experimental strategies into activities with measurable impacts for undergraduate, graduate student, postdoctoral scholar, or alumni career success. Impactful activities may include: creating multiple pathways for college access and success, enhancing students’ career readiness, decreasing student financial burdens during college, improving students’ completion of advising and degree milestones, and fostering high-impact learning and research engagement.
  1. Great Partners: Creating a Public Space for Ideas and Issues Relevant to Orange County and Its Community Members
  • Demonstrates community and global partnerships to extend inclusive excellence through hosting national symposia, creative exhibits, training workshops and other forums
  • Fosters opportunities across and within disciplinary boundaries to show consilience and collaborations in applying scholarly inquiry and creative activities in examining the human condition, applying engineering, meeting contemporary challenges in the social, physical, or biological sciences, conveying discovery and socially just supports of diversity, equity, inclusion, and free speech.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Awards Program (Chancellor’s Awards) is a pilot program at the University of California, Irvine, funded through an Advancing Faculty Diversity grant from the UC Office of the President. This program aims to attract diverse ladder-rank faculty to recognize their deep scholarship on inclusive excellence and potential contributions at UCI. Awardees will serve in this role for two years during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 period.

Selected nominated scholars who accept these awards will receive a minimum budget of $50,000 total for their two-year term. All funds will need to be expended no later than April 2, 2022, regardless of award appointment date.

There is no limit to the number of eligible new hires who may be nominated for the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Awards.

Eligible nominees would include: New tenure-track or new tenured faculty (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor (or equivalent) hired in any academic unit with hire dates no earlier than July 1, 2020, or no later than June 30, 2022.   A nominee must be identified from a regular department-based search managed through AP Recruit with an associated salary control number (SC#). UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program/UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship participants who have been recruited and hired through a regular department-based search managed through AP Recruit with an associated salary control number are eligible for consideration. Nominees with current or immediate past faculty appointments from other University of California campuses are not eligible for consideration.

Deans are requested to forward nominations for the 2019-20 academic year by 5 p.m. (Pacific) on the following dates for monthly consideration:

  • January 6, 2020
  • February 3, 2020
  • March 2, 2020
  • April 6, 2020
  • May 4, 2020

Nominations for 2020-2021 are accepted by 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • September 8, 2020 (Tuesday)
  • October 5, 2020
  • November 2, 2020
  • December 1, 2020 (Tuesday)
  • January 11, 2021
  • February 1, 2021
  • March 1, 2021
  • April 5, 2021
  • May 7, 2021 (Friday)
  • June 7, 2021

Award notifications will be coordinated with academic schools/unit deans to coincide within receipt of UCI appointment letters. These award notifications will be made on an ongoing basis.

Up to 10 awardees will be made during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years.

Upon selecting their candidate for an offer of academic appointment in the eligible JPF recruitments, selection chair must: 1) complete the AP Recruit chair survey, and 2) request the dean to nominate the finalist of interest. The dean’s nomination should be emailed as one PDF on dean letterhead to:; Subject line: CHANCELLOR’S INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE AWARD NOMINEE. The nomination letter should include: nominee name, appointment department, appointment start date (Month Day, Year), curriculum vitae, and all statements submitted on scholarship/research, teaching, and inclusive excellence activities, and SC# for the completed recruitment.

PLEASE NOTE: A campus-wide selection committee will review all nominations in as timely a manner as possible and deans may check in on status at any time at:

Nominees will be reviewed for their demonstrated scholarship, teaching, and service, including the information provided in the candidate’s Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement (Statement of Contributions to Diversity).

Selected nominees will have approximately three weeks to accept the Chancellor’s Inclusive Excellence Awards to the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


The following resource links may be helpful to inform nominees about campus priorities related to inclusive excellence and campus opportunities to support faculty career development.

Office of Academic Personnel – Guidelines for Writing Inclusive Excellence Activities Statements (Contributions to Diversity Statements):

Office of Academic Personnel – Family Friendly Programs and Policies:

Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity – Affirmative Action Plans and Programs:

Office of Inclusive Excellence – ADVANCE funding programs for faculty, Signature Programs, and UCI Reports and Resources:

University of California Academic Personnel Manuel:

UCI Strategic Plan: