- Four of UCSB’s six Nobel laureates are members of the College’s faculty.
- The National Humanities Medal, awarded to the late Professor Luis Leal in 1997, and the National Medal of Science, awarded to professor and Nobel laureate Walter Kohn in 1988.
- Current and emeriti professors in the College’s highly-ranked science departments are elected members of the National Academy of Sciences, as are many of UCSB’s fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
- Two members of our faculty – Alison Anders, Professor of Film and Media Studies,and David Gross, Director of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics – are recipients of “genius” grants from the MacArthur Foundation.
- The College’s faculty includes several Guggenheim fellows, which are prestigious fellowships designated for exceptional scholarship or creative ability in the arts.
- Faculty members designated Fulbright Scholars lecture and perform research in countries around the world, in addition to faculty whom host visiting Fulbright Scholars engaged in their own research at UC Santa Barbara.
Outstanding Junior Faculty
Our junior faculty are consistently recognized for their excellence. In the sciences, junior faculty investigators have active Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards—the National Science Foundation’s important grant to professors considered most likely to become academic leaders. The campus ranks in the top 15 in the country in number of faculty who receive CAREER awards and prestigious Sloan research fellowships— an especially notable achievement, considering that UCSB has fewer assistant professors than other highly rated schools.