As part of the GSA mission, we recognize the teaching and service provided by and for graduate students. Each spring, we recognize the excellence in teaching provided by teaching assistants and teaching associates with the GSA Excellence in Teaching Award.


The GSA Excellence in Teaching Award (ETA) recognizes graduate students who have shown excellence and gone above and beyond as teachers at UC Santa Barbara. Take the chance to give back and nominate your favorite teaching assistants and associates! Anyone in the UC Santa Barbara campus community can nominate a teaching assistant or associate for this award.

Every year, we receive about two hundred nominations. Selecting the few winners among this large pool of excellent graduate students is both challenging and inspiring. We very much look forward to receiving this year’s list of nominees. 

We also recognize outstanding members of the university community who have unselfishly devoted themselves to improving graduate student life with the Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award.


In 1998, the GSA established the Travis Dixon GSA Service Award to recognize graduate student Travis Dixon’s many years of service to the GSA. In 2002, the GSA renamed the Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award to recognize graduate student Alan Levy’s many years of service to the GSA. The dual name of the award acknowledges that service to graduate students at UC Santa Barbara comes in many forms, not only through serving as an elected GSA Officer but also through the advocacy of graduate student interests in various ways.

Travis Dixon received his Ph.D. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara in 1998. Since receiving his degree, Dr. Dixon has worked as a professor at the University of Michigan and UC Los Angeles. He is currently a faculty member in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Alan Levy received his Ph.D. in Physics at UC Santa Barbara in early 2006. Since receiving his degree, Dr. Levy has worked as a Systems Engineer.