This systemwide award was created in 1983 by a bequest from Constantine Panunzio, longtime Professor of Sociology at UCLA.  The Constantine Panunzio Distinguished Emeriti Award honors outstanding scholarly work or educational service performed since retirement by an emeritus or emerita in the humanities or social sciences.  The award includes a cash prize and a certificate of recognition.


  • Each fall quarter, a call for nominations is made by the Executive Dean of the College of Letters & Science and by the President of the UCSB Emeriti Association.

  • Nominations should be sent directly to the UCSB Emeriti Association.

  • Nominations may be made by department chairs, faculty colleagues, or emeriti.  Self-nominations are possible.

  • The nomination should include:

    • A letter outlining the distinctive contribution in scholarship and/or educational service made by the nominee since retirement

    • The curriculum vitae of the nominee

    • An endorsement by the department chair

    • A minimum of two supporting letters from leaders in the field commenting specifically on the nominee’s achievements since retirement


  • The nominations will be reviewed by the Emeriti Association and by the Executive Dean.  

  • One UCSB campus nominee will be selected from among the nominations received. 

  • The nomination packet, including a cover letter written jointly by the President of the Emeriti Association and the Executive Dean, will be sent to the selection committee based at UCLA.

  • The recipient(s) of the Award will be announced in spring quarter.