|UNC students honor teachers and staff for excellence|
|Friday, April 16, 2010|
Students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have honored three faculty members, six teaching assistants and one staff member for teaching excellence and service to undergraduates.
Faculty members winning 2010 Student Undergraduate Teaching Awards were Larry Goldberg, Ph.D., a lecturer in the English and comparative literature department; Kelly Hogan, Ph.D., a lecturer in the biology department; and Della Pollock, Distinguished Term Professor in the communication studies department. All teach in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each received $5,000.
The graduate student teaching assistant winners were Brandon Essary of Easley, S.C., a doctoral candidate in Romance languages and literatures, who teaches Italian; David James Frost of Portland, Ore., a doctoral candidate in philosophy; Andrew Pennock of Hendersonville, a doctoral candidate in political science; Jill Peterfeso of St. Louis, a doctoral candidate in religious studies; Daniel Peterson of Durham, a doctoral candidate in psychology; and Keith Schaefer of Chicago, a doctoral candidate in Romance languages and literatures, who teaches Spanish. All teach in the college. Each received $1,000.
Robert Pleasants, Ph.D., of Greenville received the 2010 Student Undergraduate Staff Award, given to a University staff member for service to students. Pleasants, who received $1,000, is an interpersonal violence prevention coordinator with Campus Health Services; he also teaches women’s studies.
Students submit nominations for the awards to a 12-member student selection committee. Committee members visit finalists’ classes unannounced, interview students randomly and interview the finalists to choose the winners.
The committee chooses recipients who promote the value of undergraduate teaching by their example; demonstrate concern for each student through interaction and approachability inside and outside the classroom; create meaningful learning experiences; and maintain high expectations of students.
The awards are the only teaching and staff awards directed and funded by students. The teaching awards were created in 1989 and the staff award in 2004, when students voted to increase their fees to fund the awards.
Student awards program contact: Andrew Otey,