April 21, 2020

TO:  UNCG Faculty

RE:  2020 Faculty Awards

I am pleased to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of UNCG faculty in teaching, research, mentoring, and service.  Due to the circumstances with COVID-19 we are unable to gather to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of the honorees but are nonetheless proud of their achievements.  Please join me in congratulating the award recipients listed below and note this information will also be included in a full page announcement in the Greensboro News & Record on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Teaching Awards

Each year the university solicits nominations for three Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards, the UNCG Award for Excellence in Online Education, and the UNC System Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.  A committee comprised of UNCG faculty and students selects recipients for the Alumni Teaching Excellence Awards and chooses UNCG’s nominee for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching which is conferred by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure.  The UNC Greensboro Academy of Online Professors selects the recipient for the Award for Excellence in Online Education.

UNC BOG Excellence in Teaching Award
Carmen Sotomayor, Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Mary Settle Sharp Award for Teaching Excellence
Elizabeth Perrill, Associate Professor, School of Art

James Y. Joyner Award for Teaching Excellence
Robyn Le Blanc, Assistant Professor, Department of Classical Studies

Anna Maria Gove Award for Teaching Excellence
Meiqing Sun, Senior Lecturer, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

UNCG Online Award for Excellence in Online Education
Vasyl Taras, Associate Professor, Department of Management


Instruction/Education Related Awards

Education is about more than what goes on inside the classroom and the next awards recognize excellence in mentoring, academic program assessment, and advising. The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from the Graduate School honors a full-time tenured faculty member with outstanding success in mentoring graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level.  The Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in the mentoring of UNCG undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry.  The Student Learning Enhancement Award honors departments, programs, or individual faculty members who have demonstrated excellence in academic program assessment leading to enhanced student learning.  The Advising Excellence Award honors a full-time faculty member with at least two years of service to UNCG who has demonstrated excellence in advising.  Student feedback is considered when selecting the award recipient.

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award
Jo Ramsay Leimenstoll, Professor, Department of Interior Architecture

Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, Pre-tenured Category
Blair Wisco, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, Post-tenured Category
Tyreasa Washington, Professor, Department of Social Work

Student Learning Enhancement Awards
Department of Anthropology
Department of Biology
Department of History

Advising Excellence Award
Cristina Moreira, Lecturer, Department of Biology


Service Leadership Awards

The service leadership awards are focused on service and academic leadership.  The Gladys Strawn Bullard Awards were established in 1981 as a gift to the university from Bern and Gladys Bullard.  The awards were named for Mrs. Bullard, a 1939 graduate of Women’s College, and were created to recognize members of the UNCG faculty, staff, and student body for outstanding leadership and service to the university.  The Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service was established by the UNCG Board of Governors in 2007 to encourage, identify, recognize, and reward public service.  The award recognizes those who have demonstrated distinguished service and sustained achievement in improving the quality of life for citizens of North Carolina.  Each of the 17 UNC system institutions may nominate one faculty member annually and the Board selects the winner form these nominees.  Today, we recognize UNCG’s 2019 nominee.

Gladys Strawn Bullard Award
Joanne Murphy, Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies

Holshouser Award for Excellence in Public Service Nominee
Ann Berry Somers, Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology


Research Excellence Awards

The research excellence awards were established to recognize the outstanding research and creative accomplishments of UNCG faculty.  The Senior Research Excellence Award is conferred based on research career accomplishments, especially achievements within the past five years.  It is presented to a full-time faculty member at the rank of professor.  Faculty at the rank of assistant or associate professor are eligible to receive the Junior Research Excellence Award, which is primarily based on work at UNCG within the past five years.

Senior Research Excellence Award
Olav Rueppell, Florence Schaeffer Distinguished Professor of Science, Department of Biology

Junior Research Excellence Award
Joanne Murphy, Associate Professor, Department of Classical Studies


Faculty Excellence in Research & Creative Activity

Please also join me in honoring individuals recognized by their units as achieving Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity in 2019.  The award recipients are listed here.

A special thank you to Michael Frierson and the students in the Client-Based Media Production course who are creating videos honoring this year’s awardees.  The disruption caused by COVID-19 has impacted production but we will be circulating these videos when they are complete.   I look forward to a time ahead when we are able to congratulate all the awardees in person.