The UCLA Academic Senate recently rewarded Emmett Center Faculty Director Ann Carlson UCLA's highest teaching award for 2010–2011.
Cara Horowitz, a fellow professor and executive director of the Emmett Center, calls Carlson a student favorite whose classes are regularly over-enrolled. “And with good reason. She is funny, wickedly smart, engaged and endlessly engaging,” Horowitz said. Students aren’t the only ones who admire Carlson’s teaching, she added. “She has served as my own model for how to approach university teaching. Why not set the bar high?”
Other professors in UCLA LAW also look to Carlson for ways to improve their teaching. Winner of the law school’s 2006 Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching, she reads student comments from end-of-class evaluation forms “not just to count the superlatives or condemnations, but to figure out how and why this person succeeds or fails at teaching,” said Law Professor Stephen Yeazell, who served as interim law school dean in 2009-10. Fellow Law Professor Albert Moore added, “I believe that what I have learned from watching Ann teach … has made me a much better teacher.”