Chapman Family Teaching Awards

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The Chapman Teaching Awards were created in 1993 with a gift during the Bicentennial Campaign by Max Carrol Chapman, Jr. ’66 on behalf of the Chapman family.  The awards were established to honor distinguished teaching of undergraduate students.  The award conveys a semester’s leave as a fellow at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and a stipend of $10,000.

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  • At least two out of the three or four $10,000 Chapman Awards given each year will go to faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Fixed-term faculty as well as faculty on the tenure track are eligible for the Chapman Award.  To be eligible for the award, a nominee must have five years of teaching experience at UNC.  The significant criterion for selection is a record of demonstrated distinguished undergraduate teaching.
  • The significant criterion for selection is a record of demonstrated distinguished undergraduate teaching.  There is no requirement that Chapman awardees have previously won other teaching awards, but having won previous awards is taken strongly into account.
  • Nominees must be teaching in the academic year in which they are selected
  • Individuals who have won a Chapman award in the last five years are not eligible.  Check the list of previous winners to be sure.

Special Notes

  • The $10,000 award can be taken as a one-time salary supplement or as a research fund that must be spent over a two-year period.
  • Self-nominations will be considered for the Chapman Family Award
Selection procedure

The committee screens nominations and selects several finalists, who are asked to submit a portfolio for review. The portfolio includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • A current curriculum vitae.
  • A statement articulating the nominee’s teaching philosophy and methods used to achieve educational goals. The statement may include contributions the nominee has made to the intellectual environment at UNC-Chapel Hill and any special or innovative educational methods he or she employs.
  • Copies of syllabi and other relevant course materials from three courses the nominee has taught and samples of materials from other teaching and learning activities.
  • A summary of student ratings of courses and other educational experiences that have been evaluated in the previous two years.
  • Copies of any peer teaching observations.
  • Names of three colleagues and up to five former students of the nominee from whom the selection committee may request evaluations. Nominees are also asked to provide class rolls so current students may be contacted.
  • A statement of the project each nominee would pursue during the semester’s leave.


The committee will also collect additional data or materials about the nominees’ teaching, including videotapes, classroom observation by committee members, and telephone interviews with alumni and current students. The committee will forward its recommendations to the Chancellor and Provost.