Chancellor Gary S. May speaking at podium

Chancellor's Award for International Engagement

Recognizing Outstanding International Engagement

UC Davis faculty and staff engage with communities throughout the world to find solutions for today's most pressing challenges. Whether through major research projects, collaborations with colleagues abroad, or through promoting global learning, innovative pedagogy, or the facilitation of these activities, UC Davis faculty and staff engage actively and passionately to create positive change.

The Chancellor's Award for International Engagement recognizes individual faculty and staff members for their outstanding international engagement in carrying out the university’s missions of teaching, research, and service.

Group photo at the Global Affairs 2023 International Connections Reception of Provost Mary Croughan, Chancellor's Awardees Jennifer Chow and Michael Carter, Chancellor Gary S. May and Global Affairs Vice Provost and Dean Joanna Regulska
(L-R): UC Davis Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan, 2022-23 Chancellor's Awardee Jennifer Chow (associate director in the Division of Student Affairs), 2022-23 Chancellor’s Awardee Michael R. Carter (distinguished professor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences), Chancellor Gary S. May and Global Affairs Vice Provost and Dean Joanna Regulska at the 2023 International Connections Reception.



Any active and full-time faculty (Academic Senate or Academic Federation) or staff member at UC Davis is eligible for nomination, with the exception of those currently working in Global Affairs at UC Davis.

There are two categories of awards:

  • faculty (Academic Senate or Academic Federation)
  • staff

Nominees must have significantly contributed to the internationalization of UC Davis, be a champion of building global connections, and have worked to further the university’s goal of Global Education for All

For Faculty

A nominee demonstrates substantial contributions in advancing UC Davis’ global engagement in teaching, research and/or service. Contributions may include: 

  • minimum of five years in a full-time faculty position at UC Davis
  • carrying out cutting-edge research with a global focus and/or in collaboration with colleagues and institutions abroad;
  • creating innovative global learning opportunities for students as UC Davis moves towards Global Education for All; or
  • working collectively with the broader community to effect and inspire global engagement and action to address major global challenge.

For Staff

A nominee demonstrates substantial contributions to advancing UC Davis’ global engagement by working with the UC Davis community (students, faculty, postdoctoral or visiting scholars and/or partners abroad, among others) to foster and facilitate global learning, intercultural understanding, and global engagement, thereby demonstrating strong support for the campus goal of Global Education for All. Nominees' exemplary service should serve as an inspiration and example to colleagues and the community.


The call for nominations is announced by the Vice Provost and Dean of Global Affairs once a year. Any full-time faculty or staff may select one individual for nomination and submit the nomination to Global Affairs for consideration.

The members of the selection committee, composed of UC Davis faculty and staff, will review all nominees and make the final decision regarding award selections. 

Nominating Materials

  • Cover page (to include name of nominator, nominator’s contact information, name of nominee, nominee’s contact information).
  • Nominee’s resume (not to exceed five pages) highlighting how international activities have benefited UC Davis and global community.
  • Letters of recommendation (four to five letters).
  • Statement of justification/description of nomination (not to exceed two pages).


Please submit all nominating materials as a single PDF file to Esther Luna DeLozier, at by January 15, 2024 at 11:59 p.m..


The award announcement will be officially made at our International Connections Reception on March 7, 2024. 

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