Dinishak Recieves 2021 Dizikes Award

April 22, 2021

Dear Humanities faculty and staff,

I write with pleasure to announce that Associate Professor of Philosophy, Janette Dinishak, has been selected as the 2020-21 recipient of the Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award in Humanities.

Named in honor of Professor Emeritus John Dizikes, the award recognizes the pedagogical expertise and exceptional mentorship of faculty and supports students’ commitments to academic excellence and serious inquiry.

Associate Professor Dinishak has demonstrated an enviable record as an instructor at every level. Students praise her ability to lead and facilitate class discussion, and they also applaud her facility at creating a classroom environment in which everyone feels comfortable. One student says, “Professor Dinishak was always willing to spend extra time to help us and created a good classroom environment for discussing difficult issues. Being in her classroom made me want to be a Philosophy professor, and I am applying to Ph.D. programs currently.” Another student comments, “I have very much enjoyed all of the courses I have taken with Professor Dinishak. I would take courses with her that I wasn’t even interested in because I knew she would make them interesting. This is the sign of a great instructor to me.”

Associate Professor Dinishak will be recognized for the Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award achievement during our virtual Celebrating the Humanities/Spring Awards event on Friday, June 4th at 4:00 pm.

I look forward to seeing you there. I also want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the departments who forwarded nominations for this award.




Jasmine Alinder

Dean of Humanities

Professor, Department of History

UC Santa Cruz