University Teaching Awards

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Please read the award requirements carefully to determine eligibility and provide comments in the nomination that will help the committee understand why your nominee is the best candidate for the award. In what ways has the nominee demonstrated excellence? Nominations with specific examples and stories that display the nominee’s care for students, mentorship, and/or effective use of classroom methods resonate with the selection committee.  A nomination letter or statement must be included or the submission is invalid and will not be considered.

Nominate your favorite teacher on the web at any time. The University Teaching Awards Committee will meet in the Fall semester and make selections.

Click here to view a short video from the Teaching Awards Committee co-chairs, Kelly and Brian Hogan, and here for a flowchart for considering a nomination.

Nominations are accepted year round, but there are deadlines to observe.

October 1 is the deadline for nominations for the awards to be announced in spring 2016. (This allows time for the committee to review the nominees, collect additional information about their teaching and recommend winners to the Chancellor.)

  •  Annual Deadline: October 1

Each year, we recognize faculty, staff and students for outstanding teaching. The University Committee on Teaching Awards strongly encourages you to nominate deserving faculty members and graduate teaching assistants for distinguished teaching awards. The committee will review the nominees, collect additional information and recommend winners to the Chancellor. This year, the committee will recommend recipients for six types of awards:

1. 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.

2. Mentor Award for Lifetime Achievement: This award acknowledges lifetime contributions to teaching, learning and mentoring beyond the classroom.

3. Distinguished Teaching Awards for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction:Four awards are given to faculty members for exceptional teaching of post-baccalaureate students.

4. Awards to Faculty for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching: To full-time faculty members. Five Tanner Awards, one Friday Award, and two Sitterson Awards are given to full-time faculty members.

5. Tanner Awards to Graduate Teaching Assistants: Five Tanner Awards are given to graduate teaching assistants for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

6. Chapman Family Teaching Awards: Three or four Chapman Family Awards are given to full-time faculty members for excellence in undergraduate teaching.

For more information about UNC-Chapel Hill Teaching Awards, contact:

Debbie Stevenson
Office of the Provost, CB# 3000, 104 South Building, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3000
Phone: 919-962-7882