Professor John Caldwell Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

Award from Academic Senate honors "individuals who bring respect and admiration to the scholarship of teaching"

John Caldwell

Cinema & Media Studies Professor John Caldwell has been awarded the UCLA Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award for 2010.

Introduced in 1961, the Teaching Award aims, in the words of the official citation, to “increase awareness of UCLA's leadership in teaching and public service by recognizing teachers for their achievements. The award gives UCLA an opportunity to demonstrate to the community, alumni, students, parents, donors and others what makes UCLA a beacon of excellence in higher education.”

A media studies scholar and filmmaker (MFA, Cal Arts, PhD, Northwestern University), Caldwell has written and edited several books, including “Production Culture: Industrial Reflexivity and Critical Practice in Film and Television" (Duke University Press, 2008), “Televisuality: Style, Crisis and Authority in American Television” (Rutgers University Press, 1995), “Electronic Media and Technoculture” (edited, Rutgers University Press, 2000), “New Media: Digitextual Theories and Practices” (co-edited with Anna Everett, Routledge, 2003) and the forthcoming "Production Studies: Cultural Studies of Media Industries” (co-edited with Vicki Mayer and Miranda Banks, Routledge, 2009).

Caldwell’s theoretical and scholarly writings have been featured in many journals and anthologies, and he has been a keynote and plenary speaker at various institutions and international conferences, including London Metropolitan University, UK (2007); Warwick University, UK (2006); Shanghai University, China (2004); the International Communication Association Annual Conference, U.S. (2003); the "Media and Cultural Development in the Digital Era Conference,” Taiwan (2001); and the University of Siegen, Germany (1999).

Caldwell is the producer/director of the award-winning documentaries “Freak Street to Goa: Immigrants on the Rajpath” (1989), a film about “the migratory pattern of ‘hippies’ in India and Nepal,” and “Rancho California (por favor)” (2002), a troubling look at migrant camps that house indigenous Mixteco workers within the arroyos of Southern California's most affluent suburbs.

For his film and video productions, Caldwell has also received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (1979, 1985), Regional Fellowships (AFI/NEA, 1985, 1988) and state arts councils (1984, 1985, 1989). His films have been screened in museums and festivals around the world and have been broadcast on SBS-TV Network/Australia, WTTW-Chicago, WGBH-Boston, WNED-Buffalo and WEIU-TV-Illinois.