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Hodges Will Get BOG Teaching Excellence Award

042810Headline_HodgesDr. Nancy J. Hodges, associate professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies, has won a 2010 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She will receive the award Friday, May 14, during UNCG’s spring commencement in the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Board of Governors of the multi-campus University of North Carolina selected 17 of its most outstanding faculty to receive the 16th 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 Gladys Ashe Robinson of Greensboro. The awards will be presented by a Board of Governors member during the spring graduation ceremony on each campus.

A member of the UNCG faculty since 1998, Hodges serves as the director of graduate studies in the Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies. In 2008-09, she received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the School of Human Environmental Sciences.

She received her undergraduate degree in design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and her master’s and doctoral degrees in clothing and textiles from the University of Minnesota.

“For me, teaching and learning begin with lived experience, as I feel strongly that it is this experience that shapes students’ understanding of course concepts,” Hodges explains, as part of her teaching philosophy.”When students integrate knowledge from the classroom with their everyday lives, they develop a bond with the material that enhances the value of the learning—for them and for me. Indeed, one of the most exciting aspects of teaching is the part that I get to play in fostering the student’s connection with the material, and to do so in such a way that they become unaware that they are ‘being taught’…”

Established by the Board of Governors in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching and to reward good teaching across the university system, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus.

Visual: Hodges surrounded by students, in a previous year.