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UNC Board of Governors Announces University-wide Awards for Teaching Excellence

March 29, 2011

CHAPEL HILL – The Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina has selected 17 of its most outstanding faculty to receive the 17th Annual Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Each award winner will receive a commemorative bronze medallion and a $7,500 cash prize. 

The 17 recipients, representing an array of academic disciplines, were nominated by special committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure, chaired by Fred Mills of Raleigh. The awards will be presented by a Board of Governors member during the spring graduation ceremony on each campus.    

Winners include Professor Myra L. Pennell, Department of History, Appalachian State University; Associate Professor John W. Howard, School of Communication, East Carolina University; Professor José S. Gil, Department of Language, Literature and Communication, Elizabeth City State University; Associate Professor Todd S. Frobish, interim chair, Department of Communication, Fayetteville State University; Associate Professor Robert L. Howard, Sr., Department of Economics and Finance, NC A&T State University; Professor Drew Williams, director of advising, Department of English and Mass Communication, NC Central University; and Professor Sarah Ash, coordinator of the nutrition undergraduate program, Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences, NC State University.

Other winners are Professor Sophie Mills, chair, Department of Classics, UNC Asheville; Professor Dino S. Cervigni, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, UNC-Chapel Hill; Associate Professor Jeffrey W. Price, Department of Music, UNC Charlotte; Associate Professor Patrick Lee Lucas, Department of Interior Architecture, UNC Greensboro; Associate Professor Joseph P. Lakatos, Department of Accounting and Information Technology, UNC Pembroke; Professor Frank J. Bongiorno, jazz studies coordinator, Department of Music, UNC Wilmington; Artist faculty/instructor Steven LaCosse, assistant dean of enrollment, School of Music, UNC School of the Arts; Associate Professor Aaron K. Ball, Department of Engineering and Technology, Western Carolina University; Associate Professor Jill J. Harp, Department of Life Sciences, Winston-Salem State University; and John Kolena, instructor of science and physics, NC School of Science and Mathematics. 

Established by the Board of Governors in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the University, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus. Winners must have taught at their present institutions at least seven years. No one may receive the award more than once.

Award citations and thumbnail photos for all 17 award recipients can be found at http://www.northcarolina.edu/bog/teaching_awards/2011/index.html on the University of North Carolina website.

The oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina enrolls more than 220,000 students and encompasses all 16 of North Carolina’s public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees, as well as the NC School of Science and Mathematics, the nation’s first public residential high school for academically gifted students.  The UNC Center for Public Television, with its 12-station statewide broadcast network, the UNC Health Care System, and the NC Arboretum are also under the University umbrella.