J. Carlyle Sitterson Award for Teaching First-Year Students

Two winners will receive a one-time stipend of $5,000 and a framed citation.

submit a nomination.

Origin of the Award

These awards recognize excellence in teaching first-year students by any faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences. Any tenured / tenure-track faculty members are eligible and fixed-term faculty members (e.g., lecturers and clinical professors) if they have taught at UNC-Chapel Hill for at least five years.

These awards were created in 1998 by the family of the late J. Carlyle Sitterson to recognize excellence in teaching first-year students by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Lyle Sitterson, was a Kenan Professor of History and Chancellor of the University from 1966-72 and was a passionate advocate for inspired teaching of first-year students.  The first award was given in 2000.

Two winners will receive $5,000 and a framed citation.

Eligibility

  • These awards are restricted to faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences who teach first-year students for at least part of their teaching responsibility.  Tenured/tenured track or fixed-term faculty members (e.g., lecturers and clinical professors) are eligible if they have taught at UNC-Chapel Hill for at least five years.  Visiting faculty members are not eligible.
  • Nominees must be teaching in the academic year in which they are selected.
  • Individuals who have won a Sitterson award in the last five years are not eligible. Check the list of previous winners to be sure.

Selection procedure

  • The committee screens applications and selects finalists for further consideration and works with a special committee of the College of Arts and Sciences to choose the winner.
  • Screening of finalists may include interviews with deans or department chairs, reading of student evaluations, and telephone interviews of randomly selected students.
  • The committee will forward its recommendations to the Chancellor.