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Friday Award for Excellence in Teaching

The winner receives a stipend of $5,000 and a framed citation.

Submit a Nomination

Origin of the Award

The award was created by members of the 1986 graduating class to recognize members of the faculty who exemplified excellence in inspirational teaching. The award is named in honor of William C. Friday, who devoted a lifetime of service to the University as President of the UNC System.


  • Any teacher of undergraduate students who is a full-time faculty member (tenured or tenure-track) is eligible. This includes teachers in Health Affairs, Academic Affairs, and professional schools. 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 Friday 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.
  • 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.