2015 Berkeley Faculty Service Awardees announced - George Johnson and Harry Scheiber
2015 Berkeley Faculty Service Award Presentation

The Berkeley Division is pleased to honor Professor George C. Johnson and Professor Emeritus Harry N. Scheiber, joint recipients of the Berkeley Faculty Service Award for 2015.

  • George C. Johnson
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    Since joining the Berkeley faculty in 1979, Professor Johnson has built up an astonishing catalogue of service both systemwide and in the UCB Academic Senate. At the systemwide level, he was recently vice chair and chair of the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (a 4-year commitment, from 2010-14). Here he has been a voice of great significance for the future of the university, speaking on questions relating to admissions and enrollment.

    He has a broad record of Senate service, having been a member of Assembly Representation and the Committee on Student Affairs in 1983-84, and the committees on Library (1988-91), Educational Policy (1995-98), Courses of Instruction (2000), and the Committee on Committees (2002-04).

    At the Divisional level he served on the Committee on Admissions, Enrollment and Preparatory Education (AEPE) from 2004 through 2010 (the last two years as AEPE's chair. This is the campus-level counterpart to the systemwide BOARS committee that he has also recently chaired). These appointments testify to Professor Johnson’s ongoing commitment to engagement between university and high-school programs.

    Professor Johnson has also been actively engaged in the development and leadership of two exciting new programs at UC Berkeley: Cal Teach (created in response to the pressing national need for improved teacher quality at the K-12 level) and Math for America (a structured five-year professional development program within which promising local teachers can strengthen their disciplinary effectiveness and gain important leadership training).

    Professor Johnson has already been awarded the Leon Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service (2009), recognizing a member of the Berkeley faculty who shows exceptional commitment to the educational development of students from groups who are underrepresented in the academy. We are pleased to recognize his ongoing service with this award.

  • Harry N. Scheiber
    Chancellor’s Professor & Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and History, Emeritus

    Professor Scheiber’s 35-year career at Berkeley demonstrates an extraordinary record of distinguished service to our campus. During that time he has been acclaimed for his many leadership roles at the Boalt School of Law, his contributions as member and chair of numerous Academic Senate and systemwide committees, and as an influential and devoted contributor to the academic legal profession at large. In all these ways Professor Scheiber admirably fulfills the criteria of this award by significantly enhancing the quality of the campus as an educational institution and community of scholars.

    As vice-chair and chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate from 1993-95, Professor Scheiber played a major part in the deliberations that funded the VERIP program, to ameliorate the university’s funding crisis at that time, and also in the establishment of the Committee on Academic Planning and Resource Allocation (CAPRA) as an important Academic Senate committee. Prior to those achievements, he served for four years on the Committee on Library, chairing it in 1987-88, and shortly after that, he served on the Committee on Research, acting as its chair for two years from 1991 to 1993. Professor Scheiber’s Academic Senate service also includes membership on Graduate Council (1982-84) and service as chair of the Committee on Faculty Awards (1995-97). He has been, and continues to be, extremely active in directing research institutes and academic programs of the Law School, and in chairing the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. Over a period of 18 years he transformed the long-inactive Sho Shato Program in Japanese and U.S. Law into a vibrant organization that has organized conferences and workshops, resulting in a series of books and journal symposia, that has involved the participation in total of more than 120 Japanese scholars and jurists.

    Beyond the campus, Professor Scheiber has brought distinction on the University by his outstanding expertise as a legal historian and scholar on ocean law and policy. He has chaired state and national commissions concerned with these fields. His local, national, and international standing is acknowledged by numerous honors including the Berkeley Citation, Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary degree from the University of Uppsala, and honorary life fellowship of the American Society for Legal History.

    Support for Professor Scheiber’s nomination for the Berkeley Faculty Service Award comes from 22 senior scholars who represent all areas of the campus. On account of his extraordinary accomplishments, which extend far beyond this brief report, Professor Scheiber is an ideal recipient for this award.

Award History

2017-2018
  • David Lieberman
    James W. and Isabel Coffroth Professor of Jurisprudence
  • Trond Petersen
    Professor of Sociology
2016-2017
  • Janet Broughton
    Professor of Philosophy, Emerita
  • Bob Jacobsen
    Professor of Physics
2015-2016
  • George C. Johnson
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Harry N. Scheiber
    Chancellor’s Professor & Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Law and History, Emeritus
2014-2015
  • Margaretta Lovell
    Jay D. McEvoy Chair in the History of American Art
  • Joseph Cerny
    Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
2013-2014
  • Fiona Doyle
    Executive Associate Dean in the College of Engineering and Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering
  • Nicholas Jewell
    Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics in the School of Public Health and the Department of Statistics