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Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching The Board of Governors gives this award to a tenured faculty member on each campus of the UNC System for excellent and exceptional undergraduate teaching over a sustained period of time. A RECOMMENDATION LETTER IS REQUIRED FOR THIS AWARD and should not be combined with other award nominations. Please feel free to nominate the same professor separately for other awards.
Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement This award acknowledges lifetime contributions to teaching, learning and mentoring beyond the classroom. One winner will receive $5,000 and an engraved plague.
Distinguished Teaching Awards for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction Four awards are given to faculty members for exceptional teaching of post-baccalaureate students. Winners will receive $5,000 and a framed citation
Tanner Awards to Graduate Teaching Assistants Five Tanner Awards are given to graduate teaching assistants for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Winners will receive $5,000 and a framed citation.
Chapman Family Teaching Awards The Chapman awardees will receive $30,000 that must be spent within a five-year period. Of this, $15,000 may be used as a one-time summer salary. 2-4 winners annually.
Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching This award recognizes excellence in inspirational teaching of undergraduate students, particularly first- and second-year students. Five winners will receive $7,500 and a framed citation
William C. Friday Award for Excellence in Teaching This award was created by members of the 1986 graduating class to recognize members of the faculty who have exemplified excellence in inspirational teaching of undergraduate students. The winner will receive $5,000 and a framed citation
J. Carlyle Sitterson Award for Teaching First-Year Students This award recognizes excellence in teaching first-year students by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences. Two winners will receive $5,000 and a framed citation.
Johnston Teaching Excellence Award The awards were created in 1991 to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching. Two winners will receive $5,000 and a framed citation.

Please complete at least two of the following four sections of the form in your own words. 

It is helpful for the selection committee when responses are as specific as possible, reinforcing your praise and comments with real-life examples that reflect the educator's qualities and character. For each, there are some suggested prompts, but you are not required to address any of these and can provide supporting evidence for each question outside of these prompts.

I. Excellent instructors aid learning. How has this instructor been exceptional in aiding learning?

Questions you might consider answering include for example,

  1. How did the instructor meet the provided course objectives?
  2. How was the instructor intellectually challenging?
  3. How did this instructor prepare you or other students for the future?

II. Excellent instructors create a supportive and inclusive learning environment. How has this instructor been exceptional at creating this type of environment?

Questions you might consider answering include for example,

  1. How did your instructor engage you or others in the learning environment?
  2. How did this instructor use resources to enhance the course?
  3. How did the design of the course facilitate learning?
  4. How was class time used to create a supportive learning environment?

Please provide some examples that demonstrate how this instructor motivated or inspired you through their care and expertise.


III. Excellent instructors can motivate and inspire students through their care and expertise. Describe the ways in which this instructor has had a positive impact on your life.

Questions you might consider answering include for example,

  1. What are the ways in which this instructor has had a positive impact on your life, either by inspiring you, helping you or others students to overcome challenges, or challenging you to think differently? 
  2. How has this instructor impacted your life both in and outside of the classroom?

Please provide some examples that demonstrate how this instructor motivated or inspired you through their care and expertise.


IV. There are a number of ways an instructor can exhibit exceptional teaching. Are there any other examples not described above of how this instructor exhibits excellent teaching or demonstrates characteristics that you feel are the hallmarks of an outstanding educator?

Please click here if you would like to share your responses with the instructor you are nominating. Please note that NOT checking this box will not impact their consideration for the award.

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