Twenty-Five on Faculty, Teaching Assistants Earn Awards

(UNC/Jon Gardiner ’98)

Carolina has honored 25 faculty members and teaching assistants for their accomplishments with 2021 University Teaching Awards.

Given annually, these awards acknowledge the University’s commitment to outstanding teaching and mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students.

“Throughout a challenging year in the midst of a global pandemic, the winners quickly adapted to new ways of teaching. They persevered to maintain their focus on helping students become critical thinkers and problem solvers, while inspiring them to take on the most important challenges facing society,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert A. Blouin.

The University Committee on Teaching Awards, which oversees the selection process, encouraged students to nominate deserving faculty and graduate teaching assistants for the awards. The committee sought nominations with specific examples that display the nominees’ care for students, mentorship and effective use of classroom methods.

This year’s winners are:

Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching (nominee)

Sharon James, professor of classics. As UNC’s nominee for the UNC System award, James will compete for the award with a nominee from each of the system campuses.


Distinguished Teaching Awards for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction

Dr. Kenya McNeal-Trice, clinical professor of pediatrics

Dr. Mina Hosseinipour ’04 (MPH), clinical professor of medicine

Eileen Burker, professor of allied health sciences

Martinette Horner ’96 (’16 EDd), clinical assistant professor of education


Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Elizabeth Havice, associate professor of geography

Frank Leibfarth, assistant professor of chemistry

Richard Goldberg, associate professor, applied physical sciences

Brian Taylor, assistant professor, biology

Yuki Aratake, professor, Asian and Middle Eastern studies


Carlyle Sitterson Award for Teaching First-Year Students

Doria El Kerdany, associate professor, Asian and Middle Eastern studies

Tanya Shields, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor, women’s and gender studies


Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement

Sandra Martin ’88 (PhD), professor of maternal and child health


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

Kurt Gray, associate professor, psychology and neuroscience


Johnston Teaching Excellence Awards

Maya Berry, assistant professor, African, African American and diaspora studies

Hans Christianson, associate professor, mathematics


Chapman Family Teaching Awards

Todd Austell ’87 (’96 PhD), professor, chemistry

Lisa Woodley, associate professor, nursing

Glenn Hinson, associate professor, anthropology

Kris Jordan ’07, assistant professor, computer science


Tanner Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants

Wonkyung Jang, School of Education

Danielle Weber, psychology and neuroscience

Ben Levy, physics and astronomy

Pavel Nitchovski ’18 (MA), philosophy

DeeAnn Spicer ’19 (MA), philosophy


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