Excellence in Education

UC San Diego Recognizes Accomplishments of 92131 Resident

Scripps Ranch Resident Melissa Famulari was recently honored for her outstanding work as an associate professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego. Along with five other UC San Diego faculty members, she was recognized at the 41st Annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony. The Chancellor’s Associates, a program for donors who give an annual leadership gift of at least $2,500 to the university, granted the honored faculty members with a citation and award of $2,500. Candidates for the award were nominated by their academic peers and selected by a committee of Chancellor’s Associates members based on achievements, reputation, and impact on students and the community.

“I congratulate this year’s Faculty Excellence Award honorees for their commitment to our campus and service to the community,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “The contributions of these faculty members have led to a better understanding of our world, stronger learning outcomes among students, and a more inclusive campus space.”

Melissa received the award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. She redesigned the UC San Diego curriculum in order to teach undergraduate economics more effectively by implementing multiple techniques for learning and retention of information. She has also developed interactive technologies for intermediate microeconomics and service to students with disabilities. “Melissa Famulari is a superb educator who has changed the lives of many undergraduates for the better,” said James Rauch, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics. “The cornerstone of her teaching is her ability to engage students in class and get them to share her passion for learning and the course material.”