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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Twenty-four earn 2017 University Teaching Awards

teaching_awards_450Twenty-four faculty members and teaching assistants have been named winners of the 2017 University Teaching Awards. The recipients were recognized during halftime of the men’s basketball game against Pittsburgh on Jan. 31.

Chancellor Carol L. Folt also will host a spring banquet to honor the winners in April.

The University Committee on Teaching Awards encouraged students to nominate deserving faculty and graduate teaching assistants for the awards and oversees the selection process. The committee chose recipients who promote the value of undergraduate teaching by example, demonstrate concern for students through interaction and approachability inside and outside the classroom, create meaningful learning experiences and maintain high expectations of   their students.

“Rewarding student-teacher relationships are the foundation for success at our University,” said James W. Dean Jr., executive vice chancellor and provost. “Carolina is always proud of its talented faculty, and it is especially satisfying when students help the University recognize the meaningful impact our teachers make to their lives.”

This year the committee recommended recipients for six types of awards, five for faculty and one for teaching assistants. The full list of winners follows:

Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching, Nominee

Jane Thrailkill, department of English and comparative literature, College of Arts and Sciences

Distinguished Teaching Awards for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction

Brian Rayala, department of family medicine, School of Medicine

Marilyn Ghezzi, School of Social Work

Jaime Arguello, School of Information and Library Science

Gavin Smith, department of city and regional planning, College of Arts and Sciences

Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Mohammad Jarrahi, School of Information and Library Science

Jennifer Gates-Foster, department of classics, College of Arts and Sciences

Lillie Searles, department of biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Enrique Neblett, department of psychology and neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences

Ken Lohmann, department of biology, College of Arts and Sciences

J. Carlyle Sitterson Award for Teaching First-Year Students

William Race, department of classics, College of Arts and Sciences

Jillian Dempsey, department of chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Gary Pielak, department of chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences; department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Medicine

William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence in Teaching

Charlie Wiss, department of psychology and neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences

Johnston Teaching Excellence Awards

Lorraine Cramer, department of microbiology and immunology, School of Medicine

Marsha Penner, department of psychology and neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences

Chapman Family Teaching Awards

Corey Johnson, department of biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Paul Friga, Kenan-Flagler Business School

Banu Gokariksel, department of geography, College of Arts and Sciences

Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants

Will Begley, department of classics, College of Arts and Sciences

Priscilla Vaz, department of geography, College of Arts and Sciences

Zeliha Kilic, department of mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences

Tamara Fakhoury, department of philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences

Adam Smith, department of psychology and neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences

For more information about the University Teaching Awards, including details on eligibility requirements, funding and winner compensation for each award, go to:    provost.unc.edu/teaching-awards/.

The Gazette will publish a special Teaching Awards insert in April.

 

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