Twenty-one teachers in nine categories have been honored with the University’s 2005 Teaching Awards, the highest campuswide recognition for teaching excellence.
Tanner Faculty Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
These awards recognize excellence in inspirational teaching of undergraduate students, preferably with respect to influence on first- and second-year students. They were created in 1952 with a bequest by Kenneth S. Tanner ’11, and his sister, Sara Tanner Crawford, establishing an endowment fund in memory of their parents, Lola Spencer and Simpson Bobo Tanner.
Tanner Teaching Assistants’ Awards for Excellence
in Undergraduate Teaching
The award recognizes excellence in the teaching of undergraduates by graduate teaching assistants.
William C. Friday/Class of 1986 Award for Excellence
This award, created with a gift from the class of 1986, honors full-time undergraduate faculty members who have exemplified excellence in inspirational teaching. Friday, a 1948 law school graduate and the award’s namesake, is president emeritus of the UNC System and now is University Distinguished Professor on the Carolina campus.
John L. Sanders Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Service
The award recognizes excellence in the teaching, advising and mentoring of undergraduate students in a manner consistent with the life and values of Sanders, a 1950 graduate and longtime director of the UNC Institute of Government. The award was created in 1995 by Ben M. Jones III ’50 to honor Sanders, who has worked since his own undergraduate days to improve student life and governance. He also has advised generations of students and counseled effective political action and pursuit of constructive change.
J. Carlyle Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award
This award was created in 1998 by the family of the late J. Carlyle Sitterson ’31 to recognize excellence in freshman teaching by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences. Sitterson was a Kenan professor of history and was chancellor from 1966 to 1972.
Distinguished Teaching Awards for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction
This award was first given by the University in 1995.
Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement
This award was created in 1997 and acknowledges “teaching beyond the classroom.”
Johnston Teaching Excellence Award
Created in 1991, these awards are funded by the James M. Johnston Scholarship Program.
UNC System Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching
Established in 1994, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC System campus.
The University Committee on Teaching Awards, affiliated with the Office of the Provost, reviews and recommends nominees to the chancellor in these categories; alumni nominations also are considered. The James M. Johnston Scholarship Program oversees the Johnston Teaching Excellence Awards, in coordination with the campuswide committee.
Honorees will be recognized at a banquet this spring. Recipients from previous years are listed online.