Three Geography Department instructors -- Dr. Diana Negrín, Emily Weiss, and Prof. Desiree Fields – were honored with this year’s Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times award. The award recognizes UC Berkeley faculty, staff, and student instructors who embraced the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and engaged in or supported excellent teaching in 2020. These instructors and staff used innovative methods and worked beyond their traditional roles to ensure that students remained engaged and supported. The Academic Senate’s Committee on Teaching received 500 nominations for this award, and 38 awards were granted to recognize instructors who excelled under extraordinary circumstances. Geography received three of these awards, the most awards for any single department. Profiles of the work are highlighted on the website, and the courses they taught in 2020 were:
Diana Negrín da Silva, Geography 167AC, "Border Geographies, Migration and Decolonial Movements of Latin America” (Spring 2020)
Desiree Fields: Geography 110 “Economic Geography of the Industrial World” (Sp2020) and Geog 170: Platform Urbanism/Digitized Countryside (Fall 2020)
Emily Weiss: Geography 147: "Communicating Climate Science" (Fall 2020).
Congratulations to our extraordinary Geography instructors!