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Board of Governors’ Award

The winner receives a citation and a one-time stipend of $12,500. One recipient is selected by each of the 16 constituent institutions of the UNC system. Letter of Recommendation required.

Submit a Nomination


  • Any tenured faculty member who has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill for at least seven years is eligible. This includes faculty members in Academic Affairs, Health Affairs, and professional schools.
  • Nominees must be teaching undergraduates in the academic year in which they are selected.
  • Recipients must have demonstrated excellent or exceptional undergraduate teaching over a sustained period of time, and nominations should document that record.
  • Nominees must be teaching in the academic year in which they are nominated.
  • Faculty members may receive this award only once. Check the list of previous winners to be sure.

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. This statement may include contributions the nominee has made to the intellectual environment at UNC-Chapel Hill and any special or innovative methods they employ.
  • 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 two or 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.

The committee may 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.